Gratitude Category

They Walked Here

I have not spent much time writing in recent years. I know my last blog (in 2014!) was about my search for a certain tree I identified with. I would like you to know that I did, indeed, find it way back in 2014 and now again in 2021. On this most recent Mother’s Day […]

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Gnarly, not OLD!

  Kathie Lee Gifford said it. “I am no longer old.  I’ve now become gnarly.”  I heard it one contemplative morning on the show “Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda” on NBC. This wise declaration made me think.  Who wants to be old?  YES! I am gnarly too! The definition of gnarly is “difficult, dangerous […]

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Angina – Life with a Chronic Illness

Simply stated, the word BROKEN, in my humble opinion, best sums up the world of chronic angina. Broken, but o.k. One is not the whole person they profess to be, not the person they once were, nor the person filled with hope and dreams when your life is affected by chronic angina.  You know vehemently […]

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“Everybody’s Got Something”

    We are all human. We are all different and still all the same. We all live under the same sun. We all see the same moon. AND… “Everybody’s got something.”

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Happy Doctor’s Day 2014!

Happy Doctor’s Day 2014 Someone should thank a doctor today… March 30th is Doctor’s Day!  Why should we recognize our physicians? First of all, I would like to recognize the long and arduous journey it takes to become a doctor.  They invest these years of their life to fulfill a dream that leaves them in […]

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SMILE! It is Good for Your Heart

“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired. Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.  Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.”  ~ Alysha Speers GOAL of the DAY:  Make others smile! How am I […]

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The Story of the Five Bears – A Lesson of the Heart

The Story of the Three Bears” is a fairy tale written by British author and poet Robert Southey in 1837 using the traditional family living situation of Father, Mother and child. “The Story of the Five Bears” is an essay updating Southey’s “Story of the Three Bears” into the year 2014, showcasing the trending multigenerational […]

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How Do You Make Your Heart Happy?

“Are you kidding me?!” That was the flabbergasted response to a young man’s reaction from a waitress when she told him that their meal was paid for by an anonymous donor. Still dumbfounded, the young women across the table from him, tried to clarify: “That is SO weird.”  “Are you serious?!” The waitress reassured them […]

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Her Story, Her Heart

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I had the privilege of sharing “My Heart Story” at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.  Entitled “Her Story, Her Heart”, the presentation was developed to treat your sweetheart or yourself to the gift of heart health. It was a panel presentation and included cardiologist Regis Fernandes M.D., Susan Pope,N.P. […]

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In Search of My Red Dress

National Wear Red Day 2014 is Friday, February 7th – it is a day of celebration and a time to raise awareness about women and heart disease. It is common knowledge that every woman needs “a little black dress.”  But if you are a woman with heart disease, you must also have “a little red […]

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