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Left ventricular assist device: A bionic woman
Tuesday, November 15, 2016      2 comments

Crazy, man! I'm bionic, battery-powered. Three months ago, I'd heard of LVAD, left ventricular assist device, but knew nothing about it. Now I have one. As my son says, "Mom, you're turbo-charged." It's been, excuse me, a helluva summer. A... Read more
Caring for elderly parents
Tuesday, May 10, 2016      3 comments

My husband and I recently visited my parents who live in another state. We spent some time making their home a little safer. One of my nephews organized a work party of his friends and a few cousins to build a non-skid ramp at the back door as m... Read more
Today's thought
Monday, June 29, 2015      3 comments

When other things weigh me down, nature is the one I count on, my constant, my church. It can be found even in crowded cities, in the flight of birds, in the chatter of squirrels, in a weed growing through a crack in a sidewalk. When I really ne... Read more
“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.”
Thursday, February 19, 2015      4 comments

This quotation has been attributed to psychotherapist Rollo May and to columnist/activist Jim Hightower. (HIghtower added, "even a dead fish can go with the flow"). Regardless of who said it first, it's food for thought.... Read more
Healthy portable high protein snacks
Wednesday, January 07, 2015      4 comments

When looking for high protein, low sodium snack ideas, I found this link.
-protein-snacks-portable When I'm out and about running errands I like to take healthy choices along to keep me fro... Read more
Monday, Monday; Spark Progress & Tips
Monday, November 24, 2014      2 comments

Not feeling so good at the moment but otherwise it's a beautiful Monday. Let's see, if I tell myself I feel great, will I? It's worked before. I feel great, I feel great, I feel great! Just reading those words makes me smile, unclench and ... Read more
Substituting negative thoughts with positive
Tuesday, November 04, 2014      5 comments

I tried something recently with surprising results. I easily get sick when I'm run down. Twice last month I felt crummy, had sniffles, sore throat, aches. When I'm sick I think things like "I'm exhausted, I feel crappy, my throat hurts," etc. ... Read more
Spinning my wheels & dreams come true
Thursday, July 11, 2013      8 comments

Last fall, I took my beautiful turquoise mountain bike out of the cellar where it languished for 15 years. I cleaned and lubed it, pumped up the tires, rode a few short mi... Read more
Be kind to yourself & focus on progress
Tuesday, June 18, 2013      4 comments

You've probably heard this or something like it before: If a friend falls behind or trips, you would help her or him catch up and get up; you wouldn't be mean. Be as kind to yourself on your journey as you would be to a friend. Treat yourself wi... Read more
Eating Mindfully
Monday, May 20, 2013      1 comments

Yesterday while reading at the table, I began munching mindlessly on some "healthy" crackers. After a time, I realized I had no idea how many I'd eaten. This morning during 5-15 minutes of daily inspirational reading, the next section I'd b... Read more