Sunday, November 29, 2009

Generosity is critical especially when times are tight continued...

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Examiner article

The calendar posted in the article is a collaboration of art pieces from several local artist; designed and created by Jill Stefani Wagner. All of its proceeds are used to enable continued survivor support. Hopefully you haven't purchased a 2010 calendar and you'll be able to buy one; you'll not only appreciate the beautiful art work but help Safehouse in return! Domestic violence and sexual assault are horrific crimes that disables and kills. If you or anyone you know is in this situation, call the Safehouse Center helpline phone#(734) 995-5444. It is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They will listen to you and provide options to help empower you!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanks for the gift of your time article continued....

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Examiner article

I've been involved, in 1 way or another, with Safehouse in Ann Arbor, a non-profit organization over the past few years. You'll learn more about them on Sunday when I post an interview article with one of their staff members. I've been working for businesses for over 20 years, interfacing with thousands, and not one of them benches up to the magic accomplished through the teamwork at Safehouse. I haven't encountered anyone who doesn't have a loving presence there. It really makes my spirit rejoice when I think of what they do and how many lives they change daily. I'm proud to be part of their organization! Who are you helping?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The freedom of letting go continued...

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Examiner article

Today was my Dad's 71st birthday. I miss him terribly! He passed in 2008 and if it wasn't for my Mom's voice mail, I don't think I could even remember what his voice sounds like. It is really hard for me. I'm lucky I had a great relationship with him as an adult. I feel like I made him proud and I was actively involved in his life all the way until his last breath; I was there as much as possible. It was my fear he would pass by himself which wasn't the case. I'm sure I would have had a much more difficult time in the aftermath of his death, had I felt guilty about things. I pray for anyone suffering with guilt from a loved one who has passed. I hope the article helps sooth this pain! As for me, I know I can always close my eyes and find my dad imprinted in my memories!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bereaving the loss of a husband continued....

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Examiner article

The loss of Buck LaBean, my Father and Patricia LaBean's husband, has been the most traumatic thing any of us have been through. We've all leaned on each other and with each day that passes it seems we're healing. Interviewing my Mom and asking some personal questions helped me discover that she is doing better than I expected with her bereavement. My Mom is a really strong person but she is living with a broken heart hoping her time left on earth is minimal. It is sad to accept this but I realize her world has been shattered and it will take some time for her to try to recover and find peace with a new life without my dad.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Using Your Spirituality as Your Lifeline

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Examiner article

I was able to really understand the power of God and our great universe when we visited the Grand Canyon this past summer. The view really gives a perspective of something much bigger than "us". If you ever get a chance, it is a worth-while trip!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Priceless Self Worth Article continued...

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Examiner article

As a Mother I really believe my boys learn more from my actions or non-verbal approaches as apposed to learning from my words (which is good more times than not)! I've always tried to be fair with them and, if I mess up, I've learned to recognize it and apologize just as I would expect them to do for me when the tables are turned. Through the good times and bad, I've somehow been able to hold my head high and keep my ethics in check knowing these young pupils of life we're absorbing all of my reactions along the way. One of my biggest fears has been the disabling thought of either of them not possessing healthy self-worth. I'm really proud of both of them and I'm so grateful they've found their way and, in their young teen lives, they are both exuding priceless self-worth. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'm praying a lot along the way that we stay on course, taking it and enjoying one day at a time!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Forced career change surfaced a new found passion

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Examiner article

Michelle's story is really inspirational to me. I'm in the same boat and I'm hoping 6 years from now I'll be feeling confident and I'll be happy with my career transition. I love writing and creating art and I'm hopeful it will support my lifestyle and I'll be able to consider it a career!

She is actually offering dinner massages in the Toledo area. She and another Massage Therapist, along with a chef, go into peoples home and massage (the couple) while the chef prepares their meal. They've developed a pretty cool package!

Michelle is genuinely serving others needs and helping spread good health and happiness. We need more people on the earth like her! If you would like to contact her, drop me a note at Lifetimeartimpression@yahoo.com and I'll forward it accordingly!

Friday, November 13, 2009

The holistic powers of touch

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Examiner article

I grew up in a family that really didn't communicate love by hugging or verbalizing it, although we knew we were loved, it wasn't physically demonstrated. I've made an effort to love my kids not only with my words but by physically hugging them every chance I got. It used to be often when they were little, but now as teenagers, I have to pretty much pummel them; they are not very receptive of it:( I'm hopeful I've instilled the importance of touch into their hearts and they'll pass it forward as they mature into adults I'm proud of!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Are you comfortable in your skin, continued..

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Examiner article

For the most part I have been comfortable in my skin and confident in my abilities. I really do believe I am a survivor, a successful person who can handle (maybe not the most appropriate way at times) just about anything that comes my way. It doesn't mean I don't struggle before I find my path forward, it just means I recognize the challenge and figure out a solution before it gets the best of me! Really, if we can't count on ourselves, who can we really count on?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Living a Life Imprisoned by Dementia



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Examiner article

I was touched when my friend Jude suggested I meet Patty to learn and share some of her insights. She is such an extraordinary woman; I struggled with the Examiner's 200 - 400 word limit for this article. I could have written so much more. Patty was her Mothers main support during her struggle with Dementia. She had forgotten she served this role; her eyes welled up when Jude reminded her. Patty is a very sensitive, loving, intelligent person who lives to laugh. She told me her job now was to help make other people happy when they're feeling sad. Patty couldn't remember if she had gone to church in her previous adult life but she was sure she had lived her life genuinely helping others whenever possible. This is apparent when I learned of her family support. Her ex-husband, John (Jude's brother), welcomed her into his home and took care of her for 3 years (15 years after their divorce) and he continues to actively participates as a loving caregiver. She lives with her son, Jesse, and his wife, Molly in their home and her daughter, Olivia, is also a strong support for her. Jude, along with others in Patty's circle of love contributes much loving care by sharing precious time with her built into Patty's weekly schedule. Jude kissed Patty’s forehead several times during the interview when her emotions surfaced as she shared her story. Patty told me there was a time when she thought she didn't have any people but she knew now that she was wrong. She communicated she had a lot of thanking to do. I replied by reminding her that the people, in her life today, are a testament of the love she shared and I'm sure they are thanked everyday when they see her smile and hear her laugh! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to meet Patty Wilson!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Healing power of laughter Article Continued

My wit was gifted to me by my Father who kept us laughing through a financially strained childhood. My parents did the best they could and I recognize this, understanding my upbringing made me the person I am today. Humor has offered comfort to me during the most stressful and sometimes inappropriate times. I can't think of a better way to detox than shedding tears of joy. I'm so grateful for the times I've lost my composure to uncontrollable bouts of laughter. I wish this for everyone. This is the type of "epidemic" the world could benefit from; help me spread the power of laughter!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Circle of Love Article Continued

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Examiner article

I feel extremely lucky to have such a wonderful support system in my life. I do not consider myself a “needy” or “high maintenance” person and maybe this is why I have people who will swoop in to help me in my time of need. I try really hard to give back to my community and help others when possible. Maybe karma takes a part in gifting me with this love!