Monday, May 31, 2010

Respect the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, continued...

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What a great time of year for a three day weekend; in Michigan the weather is just moving from Spring's torrential down pours turning the world full of deep green, earthy colors blooming beautiful flowers transitioning to sunny, warm days. It is the perfect time of year for cookouts with family and friends.

It is critical though to remember and recognize why we're gifted with, for many, a 3-day weekend. I know several people who have served for our country and they are no longer with us but fortunately they returned safely from their time serving. Many families are not so lucky. The tally of military loss increases around the clock. These brave individuals are aware of this when they enlist and they still move forward serving. I can't imagine these circumstances although I'm so grateful for what they've done and continue to do for our country.

I will be sending special prayers for those lost serving and their families. What will you do?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Princess is my service dog, continued...

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I'm so intrigued by the relationship between Princess and Kelly; it is so special, loving and critical! Kelly helped educate me about the intelligence of animals; they are such amazing little creatures. Not only dogs but cats, lamas and many others are also trained to help people in need.

It really does reinforce that animals can support us mentally and physically. Princess is Kelly's little angel here on earth and it warms my heart to have learned about their relationship!

Is your pet able to help you in any way; if so, share your stories with me!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Healthy living top ten tools of success

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It is really hard to believe that I have written over 90 articles so far. I remember when I wrote my 1st one, How to ground yourself using nature, and wondering if I could continue to come up with ideas for each article. It is about 1/2 year later and I still have a spreadsheet full of topics. I find myself going through life now with a much more curious perspective; I'm always looking for new ideas. I'm much more in tune with things that used to rush by me; I live more in the present moment. It really has helped me to stay grounded and be more positive. I'm hopeful it is touching you in a positive way also.

Please share your ideas for more healthy living topics. I love to learn about new alternatives. I'm so grateful for your help!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Clearing space does more than just organize

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I clean everyday but it is more of a surface cleaning. I force myself to unload and scrub my home (white glove) twice a year just in time for both of my son’s birthdays. Fortunately, they are 6 months apart; in January and July. I usually just about kill myself; it’s like a crazed wild sense comes over me and there is no turning back!

It’s hard to describe the feelings of satisfaction and relief I achieve in the aftermath of this process. I’m always tired initially but it is really worth my efforts. It clears my head at the same time, grounds me and gifts me with a fresh start; like we’ve moved in all over again and I’m re-creating the possibilities of our home!

What helps ground you and brings you clarity?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Parallel illnesses; both her father and her dog were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, continued...

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I met Essie through Facebook and it didn't take long for me to realize she is a loving soul! She invited me to be a guest host in a pet bereavement chatroom, at the Animal Love and Loss Network, which she is involved.

She has been an angel to me. The experience of touching and soothing others just 1 week before I would have to suffer the loss of my cat, helped prepare me in a way. Who would have known?

Essie has coped through much loss and suffering and she has been able to empower herself in its aftermath. She is a strong person!

She values her family; she has found a way to stop resisting the inevitable changes involved with her Dad's Alzheimer's condition providing her the opportunity to continue to love and appreciate her every moment with him. She lost Smoke but only physically; she is able to still feel her beautiful dog with her!

Her story is very empowering. Have you had any parallel experiences that overlapped from your world with a loved one and your world with a pet similar to Essie's? If so, can you share it with me?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Heroes inspire greater possibilities, continued...

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The heroes the movies portray usually have some sort of cape and end up saving the world but real life every day heroes save the world one mind at a time. For me, I love nothing more than to see a loyal and loving father. In this world of divorce, the odds of a devoted Dad, fall in below average stats and it is really sad. I'm not saying there aren't any mothers who fit this category, I'm just saying it warms my heart when I see a genuine father who truly cares.

On a larger level, Oprah inspires me to continue to reach out to humanity and to raise my bar. I'm sure she inspires millions and this in itself, makes the world a better place. Who are your heroes, can you share them with me?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Student of life, continued...

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I learn something everyday and sometimes from the most unusual places and unexpected people. My kids teach me a lot. Not just stuff I forgot from school but through their young perspectives. Keeping an open mind can be very difficult but I try really hard to do it. I try also to relate to the little trends they go through and I try to pick my battles. For example, if they are doing great in school, I'm not going to freak out if they choose to skip hair cuts to try out a longer style although I would argue about an earing or tattoo (neither scenarios have presented themselves so far; thank God). They are in their early teens so I'm sure I'll be challenged much more but for now, we're doing pretty good.

One thing I have been fortunate enough to do is take my boys on some wonderful vacations. We've explored a lot and we all love doing this. I love to visit a new place and learn about their culture, taste their local foods and explore hands on in their environment. It is so exciting and educating and at the same time, it really does help me realize that life goes on everywhere and the basics are universal. I love these memories and I hope to create many more!

What did you learn today? Can you share it with me?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

We work to spread our positive message about animals with disabilities, continued...

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It warms my heart to think about the impact Frankie has on others, especially children, who are coping with disabilities. What a wonderful little inspiration God has put on this earth. Barbara is a true angel to have kept hope and pushed forward to overcome such a traumatic time in their lives. Many people might have ended their animal's life considering the seriousness of the injury. You can feel their love for each other in this picture. I believe their bond offered the foundation to get them through such a tragedy and to surface Frankie's purpose as a wonderful silver lining that gives back to our world!

Friday, May 14, 2010

It is extremely difficult when your four-legged friend’s livelihood is threatened, continued...

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In case you are wondering, the actor who displayed "agony" in the article is my boyfriend's dog and mine by default, Ronnie. He is quite a character!

I know many people, including myself, who have been in this dramatic and draining position with their pet. And, unless you are a true animal lover, this type of trauma is confusing; many non-animal lovers write off these little babies as less than a life which is really WRONG!

I struggled with the thought of ending my cat's life, Scruples, in his last year. I had taken him to 2 vets and both told me, he was still very much alive and comfortable. I was prepared to end his suffering had they told me he was in pain. He passed on God's watch but as he struggled with his last breaths, I wondered if I should have put him down. We all feel guilt regardless of the decision; it is just plain hard to think of either aspect!

I'm sure Scruples knew I loved him and I was with him for twenty years, right to his last breath. I miss him so much I can't even describe it. I know you can relate.

Can you share any of your pet memories or miracles? I would love to read about them!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Food, soothing but poisonous, continued...

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My waist-line has increased with each tragedy in my life. I can look into the mirror and see more shape than ever from the trials and tribulations I have endured.

For example, I gave up sugar for my New Year’s resolution this year. I made it for almost 5 months but when I lost my cat, I decided if I'm able to find any satisfaction by binging into goodies, well then so be it; I deserve the pick me up!

In the aftermath of more than 2 weeks of junk food, my diversion only caused me more heart-ache and sadness! The good news is I’m no longer the queen of denial and I’m hopeful this will open a healthier and more caring future for me.

Do you love the person you see in the mirror? If so, can you share your secret?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Her inspiration, Second Hand Purrs; an all cat rescue shelter, continued...

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My friend Kristy adopted her kitty from Second Hand Purrs in Wisconsin and she thought very highly of this shelter. I can understand why after interfacing with Susan, the owner, for my article. She, no doubt, has a very big heart! I will be donating something in my cat, Scruple's name as I'm sure it would make him happy for me to do so in his memory. If you are an animal lover and can help out please do. If you're not able to but you can pray for her shelter to continue to be able to do such good work, please send your prayers! These little babies are so precious and deserving.

Do you know a good shelter that you would like to share with me? If so, drop me a note so we can let others know!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Give credit for your birth on Mother's Day, continued...

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I am extremely lucky to still have my Mother in my life. We live locally and therefore I'm able to see her often. We visit, shop and still break bread together as much as possible. I'm really proud of my Mom's courage as she has braved a world without my Dad for 2 years this month; she is finding her way back to a healthy existence! She is becoming more independent with time. She, of course, still misses him, but she is resisting a world without him less each day which is gifting a new life to her. I have 3 siblings and between all 4 of us, she'll be busy with visits and gifts this Sunday. Happy Mother's Day Mom, I love you!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pets teach you to love, continued...

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The sweet looking, big-eyed and fury friend in the photo is my Mom's (formerly my Dad's) little confidant. Cody was my Dad's world, of course, besides my Mom. He followed him everywhere! My Dad, inappropriately, shared coffee & candy with Cody all the time regardless of our voiced disapproval. Unfortunately, it caught up with him. The day before my Dad's funeral, Cody's face was swollen and we had to take him to the vet; he ended up losing 10 teeth! I joked that Dad didn't need his dentures anymore although my Mom didn't think it was too funny. The crazy thing is, my Dad loved this dog so much, he would have happily given up his teeth if required!

Do you have any heroic or funny pet stories you can share? I would love to create more animal articles for all of us to enjoy! Please email them to me;

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A love affair with animals, continued...

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Arlene stepping into my life was heaven sent. Neither of us had any idea that when I would be reading her response to my interview questions (which focused on Pet bereavement and her efforts towards animal health) that my cat, Scruples, would be taking his last breaths in those very moments. Her kindness did sooth my aching heart. I will never forget how Scruples touched my life nor should I; he was a blessing. I encourage you to take a look at Arlene's sight, of course, only if you are an animal lover!

I am looking for funny pet stories so if you have any, please share them as my heart could use a pick me up!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Uninsured at the time of diagnosis, she needs your help, continued...

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I was sent an invite through Facebook to join the Sue Weiss fundraiser. She is the face of many in our nation; someone without insurance coping with cancer. I have an aunt in a similar situation. My heart hurts when I think of so many. There are a lot of people who are worried about making ends meet but there are also many who live very comfortable lives. It is my hope that when you read Sue's story, you will donate (if possible), pass it forward to others & pray for her. I believe prayer is so powerful, it will help!

What are your thoughts about our uninsured Americans? Share them with me.