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A PASSENGER ON THE TRAIN OF GRATITUDE

“Gratitude” is a topic that gets brought up a lot. Spiritual guides, psychologists, and motivational speakers have an absolute field day discussing gratitude. I’m going to take a stab at it myself, because I’ve been thinking a lot about it. Maybe the reason gratitude comes...

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OUR HEALTH: HANGING IN THE BALANCE

Remember all that rain we got back in May? I think it’s fair to say that spring 2016 was something of a letdown. But you’ve got to admit—your lawn looked pretty darn good! Between those days of downpour, I attempted to keep our acre of...

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SUMMER PARENTING: AN APPROACH TO KEEP YOUR KIDS ACTIVE

Unless you are a stay-at-home parent (or a teacher who actually can take summers off), you probably don’t have the luxury of hanging out with your kids every day for three months. A full-time job makes it tricky to help your kids maintain an active...

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THE POWER OF SWEET WORDS

You know those little cocktail napkins that have cute quotes on them? The other day, I bought some that say, “Let us celebrate with wine and sweet words.” I was really drawn to that sentiment, and the more I looked at it, the more I...

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COME AS YOU ARE

These are headlines on the covers of actual men’s and women’s magazines: Sculpted Abs Made Easy How Not To Gain Pounds After A Pig-Out Which Dietary Supplements Are Worth Taking? It’s pretty clear that we live in a culture that tricks us into doubting ourselves,...

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NEW YEAR’S THEMES, NOT RESOLUTIONS

Hi! Real quick—how was your holiday? Did the mantra trick get you through to the other side? Speaking of mantras, it’s resolution season in America. Gyms and health clubs everywhere are feeling huge spikes in attendance. We personally like resolutions in theory—especially if it means...

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GUILT? STRESS? NAH, YOU’VE GOT A MANTRA.

WARNING: Enjoying your Thanksgiving meal has been known to cause … health and happiness. Technically, this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But hark! Think back on the last several holidays. How did you feel throughout the season? If you...

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GARDEN VEGGIE RECIPE

One of our wonderful members at OTAC was generous enough to supply me with fresh cucumbers and beets from her garden. There is simply nothing like utilizing seasonal fruits and vegetables from a local source. The freshness alone provides a ton of flavor – and...

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NOT KNOWING COULD BE EVERYTHING

“Trust yourself – you know more than you think you do.” This anonymous quote is stuck to my oven in the form of a magnetic sticker, given to me many years ago. Like most ideas, its meaning has changed for me as time has gone...

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