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I love gathering and curating ideas and resources that enhance and enrich life. With the ever-expanding amount of information we have access to, finding what may be applicable to us can be overwhelming.  It can be very helpful to have someone do the research, gather information and share what they found on a topic.  Most of the topics being explored here can be of interest and useful to people of all ages. Click on “Start… Continue reading

USING NATURAL PREVENTATIVES AND TREATMENTS DURING FLU AND COLD SEASON

Be proactive to avoid and cut short colds and flus! Flu and cold season – which seems to get longer and longer – is a challenge to navigate. Even the flu vaccines are not totally effective because of the various strains of flu in a given year. There are additional over the counter medications and prescription drugs available as well. We are encouraged to avoid getting or spreading these conditions by washing our hands a… Continue reading

A New Decade — Opportunity for Perspective and Moving Forward Powerfully

2020 – we are leaving the 2010s and beginning the 2020s! What does that mean to you? Perhaps not much. A year is a year, you may think. However, you might consider this an opportunity to do some reflection backward and anticipation forward on a broader scale than one year. Another decade, another 10 years of life is ending; another decade is beginning. I find that these mileposts can provide valuable chances to celebrate, learn,… Continue reading

EXPANDING THE PARAMETERS OF YOUR DECEMBER HOLIDAY

As I write this post, it is one week before Christmas. For many people, the entire focus of the past month has been on preparing for that day as the culmination of the season. Often they start the hustle and bustle the day after Thanksgiving – shopping, decorating social events, etc. Then by the day or so after Christmas or at least before New Year’s Eve, it’s all over. Decorations down, focus on recuperation and… Continue reading

Transforming Your Life With New Experiences, Part 3

NOTE: In two earlier posts, Transforming Your Life With New Experiences and Transforming Your Life With New Experiences, Part 2,  I wrote about experiences in prison ministry with the Timothy’s Gift program. This post is about a more recent visit, this time to Florida prisons. The earliest post reflected a week-long tour to prisons in Ohio, the second to Arkansas.  I am part of the support team. This is a Christian ministry and that is… Continue reading

Take Steps Now to Reduce Holiday Stress

When you think of the holidays, what comes to mind first? Twinkling lights? The merry faces of children? Or… is it stress? Does planning for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the December holidays stress you out? In a recent article published by allonehealth.com, “Holiday stress statistics show that up to 69 percent of people are stressed by the feeling of having a ‘lack of time,’ 69 percent are stressed by perceiving a ‘lack of money,’ and 51… Continue reading

For Thanksgiving: Free Online Resources to Entertain the Whole Family

Thanksgiving and a long weekend can be a challenge in terms of keeping the family occupied while they are out of school and off work. It can also be a challenge when one or more of the parents needs to make the Thanksgiving meal, and they need to find quiet activities that children of all ages can do with a minimum amount of supervision and a maximum amount of interest to keep boredom at bay.… Continue reading

Simple Fall and Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

I love fall decorating in my home. It adds warmth and coziness before the rush of Christmas or other holiday decorating. It can be simple and inexpensive, and other family members can get involved. Here are several ideas to try or to inspire you to think of additional things you can do right now. 1. Outdoor Display Decorate the front yard with harvest-type items like a hay bale, pumpkins, gourds, etc. You can arrange seasonal… Continue reading

What is Holding You Back From Retiring When You Feel Ready?

Suppose you are eligible to retire from your job – you are eligible for Social Security payments and have worked enough years to qualify for a good pension (if there is one with your employment). Financially, you could do it. And yet you don’t. Can you identify what is holding you back? I recently had a conversation with someone in that precise situation. As we talked, she was able to identify several things that were… Continue reading

Apple Cider – Fall’s Delicious, Variable, Healthy Beverage!

Warm Apple Cider a favorite fall beverage for many of us. The natural apple flavor is often seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and other fall-type seasonings to make a cozy treat. First, let’s answer this question: What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? Basically, apple cider is unfiltered and contains some pulp or sediment, leaving it appear cloudy rather than clear. It also has a shelf life of 7-10 days. Beyond that, it… Continue reading

Fall Spices: Tasty and Good For Us Too!

Fall and certain spices just seem to go together – we use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves in many favorite fall drinks and foods. But they offer more than great flavor – they have health benefits as well. Spices have been used for centuries; in recent years we are rediscovering their health/healing aspects in addition to the taste enhancements. Here are some ways to use cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves and the health benefits they… Continue reading