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  • United in GriefSeptember 11, 2001. I’m sure you can visualize where you were that tragic morning as our country was being attacked. I was changing Henry, who was only nine months old, when I heard Larry screaming from the living room for me to come and see what was happening. We watched in horror as the twin towers collapsed.Disbelief, shock, ang

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  •  Re-establish the Nucleus of Your Family I shared with you before that Larry and I dated for an extended period of time (almost nine years!) before we decided to get married and have children. Obviously, things didn’t happen overnight and there were many adjustments along the way.  Our first adjustment was getting used to living with

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  • Grief has many facesHello there,Last week I shared with you that I felt I was experiencing another realm of grief after my oldest son left for college. It made me think more about grief and that it’s not only related to death. In fact, grief has many faces.While most of my posts about grief center around the loss of my husband, Larry, there are o

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  • I'll See You LaterHi There,Before my husband, Larry, passed away, we lived in Arizona most of the year. We were fortunate to spend our summers and holidays in Illinois. This allowed the boys to get close with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. On the flip side, family enjoyed visiting us, especially during the spring training season. A

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  • Are you drinking enough water? Hello there, Living in Arizona for the last fifteen years has given me ample reason to pay more attention to my levels of hydration, especially in the summer! Dehydration can occur when you use or lose more body fluids than you’re taking in. Many people believe that when they are thirsty, it’s a good indica

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  • It’s A Beautiful Day! Hello, Are you someone who jumps out of bed each morning full of gusto and ready to face the world? Or, do you automatically hit the snooze button multiple times and pull the covers over your head? I tend to be somewhere in the middle. I get out of bed with purpose, but I do need time to myself to replenish my spirit a

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  • Hello, Tomorrow, July 11th, is Larry’s birthday. He would have been 62. This is the 9th year we haven’t been able to celebrate his birthday with him. I wish I could tell you that I don’t cry for him anymore. I wish I could tell you that I don’t miss his smile and big hugs. I wish I could tell you that my heart still doesn’t ache.

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  •   Breathe Hi there,   I’ve shared with you in previous posts that I live with mild anxiety and one of my biggest challenges is being able to capture a full, deep breath.   The first time I had a panic attack, I honestly thought I was having a heart attack. My chest tightened and I couldn’t catch my breath. Since my mott

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  • Mexican Quinoa Bowl Do you have any gatherings planned for this 4th of July? I guarantee if you bring this Mexican quinoa bowl everyone will be asking you for the recipe! This is a refreshing, yet hearty dish, perfect for parties, picnics or simply to be enjoyed in the leisure of your home. It’s packed with protein and the lime and cilantr

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  • The Power of Positive Thinking Hello, After last week’s mishap with my website, I’ve been practicing a lot of positive self-talk. Staying positive, especially amid unfortunate events, isn’t easy. Like all the other wellness tools I’ve mentioned before, focusing on positive thinking is essential for my continued healing. It’s my bel

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