Archive for March, 2010

Suicide is a major, preventable health issue. It seems to be one of those things that ‘other people’ have to deal with. But being aware of the problem can not only help us to deal with it more effectively, it can help us prevent it. Check out this link Suicide Prevention Wow. It made me cry as I could almost feel the despair in Terry’s story. Continue reading


I recently became aware of the Butterfly Project.  The Holocaust Museum in Texas is  collecting handcrafted butterflies to make a special exhibit to represent the 1.5 million children killed during the holocaust.  You can read about it at Holocaust Museum Butterfly Project.
I think this would make a great family project.  The kids can have fun creating some beautiful art while learning a bit about history and humanity. Continue reading

The weather keeps teasing us with thoughts of spring.  The prospect of fresh spring air and sunshine is enough to make anyone smile.  (Especially because it helps us to produce some much needed Vitamin D!) I love everything about spring, but my favorite thing is the prospect of fresh veggies for my salads! I pack a fresh salad for my lunch almost every day. There is something about eating a salad that just makes me feel healthier.  Could be all those enzymes those veggies that keep my digestive tract working properly.  But honestly, I am getting tired of the same cardboard tasting vegetables that have been appearing in my grocery store for months.  I am eagerly anticipating the opening of the local farmers market with all that fresh-from the garden taste.  Of course, most of the stuff around here won’t be ready for a while. But it does seem that this time of year, even the grocery store offerings are a bit more palatable and varied. Continue reading

We’ve all been there at one time or another.  Some more often than others. But having a lot of debt is so detrimental to us, it is important that we find a way to get out and stay out.

When we are in debt, we are stressed. When we are stressed, our health suffers.  Unfortunately,  our debt can affect our ability to get the health care that we need. Which then causes us to be more stressed…. Continue reading

Did you know that what you eat has a direct effect on your personality?
As I began to learn about a healthy lifestyle, one of the first things I learned about is acid/alkaline balance. In their book The Chemistry of Success: Six Secrets of Peak Performance, Susan Lark and James Richards tell us that in is normal, healthy state, the body is slightly alkaline. Our blood must maintain a specific level of alkalinity (7.35 to 7.45). If blood isn’t alkaline enough, it takes minerals from the bones and other body parts to maintain its alkalinity. When the rest of our body starts getting more acidic, we tend to be more prone to disease. Being acidic makes us get tired easier and affects our ability to think clearly. It also tends to make us more pessimistic. Continue reading

Don’t Be a Crash Dummy!

I am almost ready to put my third licensed teenage driver on the road. My husband and I have spent many hours in the passenger seat, teaching our kids to drive safely and defensively. It amazes me how often we see people who think it is okay to multi-task while driving. We have seen people driving while eating, smoking, texting, even putting on make-up. But most often, we see people with a cell phone up to their ear. We all know that every one of those things is dangerous. If you only have one hand to drive, it is harder to react if and when you need to. Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road to look at your phone. The one that amazes me the most that people are still doing while driving though, is just talking on the phone with their cell phone held up to their ear. I am not advocating that you should pull over to the side of the road to talk on the phone. Some people spend a lot of time in their cars and that is valuable time. If I have a passenger in my car, I can carry on a conversation with them and still drive responsibly. I am also able to listen to the radio, even sing along sometimes, and still drive responsibly. But when I talk on the phone, I always use a bluetooth device to keep my hands free. Continue reading

Quiet Times

My husband thinks I am crazy. Every morning I get up long before anyone else, so I can read. Actually, I have what I call devotion time. I spend time reading in my Bible, and talking with God. There are times when I really don’t feel like getting up. But when I make myself, I am always glad. Having such a good relationship with my maker has helped me through some tough times.
We all have rough times in our lives. I had a particularly difficult period a few years ago. It started with my son getting in a serious car accident. (He is ok now, praise God.) I thought everything was coming to a head when my father passed away less than a year later. Then my mother died a few short months later. Then of course there were all of the lovely family issues that come up when both parents die. Somewhere in there I lost my job. And I won’t go into all of the relationship issues with my husband and children. (Yes, teenagers!) Continue reading