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Inspirational Quote – February 4, 2017

“Some people are going to leave, but that’s not the end of your story….that’s the end of their part in your story.”

I’ve found this to be true as I’ve got older. When I look back it’s easy to see that, although I didn’t realize it at the time, when people left my life for any reason it was usually because it was the right time for us to walk our separate paths again. We had each taken and given what was necessary from and to each other while we walked the same path. How wonderful! A constant stream of people stepping onto our path to journey beside us, willing to share their lives and time. Some of them, at a time known only to fate, stepping back onto their own path, leaving us to continue our own journey and the others waiting ahead taking their turn to walk beside us.

It's About Critical Connections Not Critical Mass

Connection to others is important in many aspects of life, from establishing a sense of self to securing basic safety. In this piece, Curtis Ogden shares the story of a couple who discovered this truth while hiking in the mountains of Nepal during the 2015 earthquake and makes a compelling case for why critical connections are a key to resilience and to moving from chaos to order in times of crisis.

How to Stay Hydrated (Without Drinking Water)

How Much Water Is in Your Diet?

Drinking liquids isn't the only way to stay hydrated. You typically get about 20% of your water each day from food. You can get even more if you eat certain things. And there are benefits to taking in water through food: You absorb it more slowly and get nutrients along the way.


They’re 95% water and low in calories. They also may help fight inflammation and might even slow the aging process. They’re great in a salad or as an edible scoop for dips.


This one may be a surprise. Crunchy and dense, you wouldn’t think they’re full of water. But they are, around 90%. And they’re loaded with beta carotene and other antioxidants that protect you against cancer and keep your heart strong. Add them to a salad or have them as a snack.


This green squash that grows like a weed in the South is 95% water. It has antioxidants -- things that help protect your cells from damage -- including two that are good for your eyes. It’s great grilled or ro…

Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

You Battle Breakouts

If you’re not getting good sleep, your skin may soon show it. Some studies have found a link between a lack of ZZZs and acne, perhaps related to how sleep controls hormones in your body. Sleep deprivation also hurts the immune system, leaving your body open to many different issues.

Your Eyes Don’t Look Good

Redness, puffiness, dark circles, and bags -- all signs that you’re not getting enough shut-eye. The sleep-deprived tend to get more wrinkles, lines, swelling, and droopiness, studies show. Why? It may be that your body misses out on the hormone control and tissue repair that happens in deep sleep stages.

You Gain Weight

When you get a good night’s rest, your body can properly control the hormones that affect how hungry you feel, ghrelin and leptin. Without them, you may feel the urge to eat more than you need, which can make you gain weight.

You Crave Junk Food

After a sleepless night, you may be more likely to pick that cheeseburger and fries over a salad for lunch…

How to Cultivate a Secure Attachment with Your Child

ByDiana Divecha

A new book suggests that parents can raise healthier and happier children by providing a balance of support and freedom.

A preschooler waits for his mother’s reassuring smile before joining other children on the jungle gym. A one-year-old calms instantly when her dad lifts her onto his lap, even though he’s talking on the phone. An older child manages his stage fright when he sees his mom in the audience nodding in empathy and support. As fleeting as these micro-gestures are, each of them telegraphs a secure attachment—a special, trusting emotional bond—between a child and his or her caregiver. This kind of relationship is key to healthy development, say psychotherapists Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell. In their new book, Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore, the authors guide parents toward creating this kind of enduring bond with their children. The G…

Inspirational Quote – February 3, 2017

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and, guess what they have planned for you? Not much!”

We’re all guilty of just drifting along, occasionally buffeted by the winds of life, blown here, blown there, allowing ourselves to be at the mercy of others. Some of us are fortunate enough to wake up, perhaps a tap from a piece of life’s driftwood knocks some sense into us. Each one of us has our own destiny and this relies on us actually taking charge of our own steering wheel of life, charting our course, and keeping to it. I know so many people who have given control of their wheel to others who, of course, are only focused on following their own route, and give no thought to their travelling companion’s dreams and aspirations. Go on, grab your own wheel!!


Barbara Crooker: Poetry as a Form of Love

"I believe the way we most fully integrate ourselves with the world, is through our senses. When I teach creative writing classes, I love it when I get a five-day class, so that each day I give them an exercise based on one of the senses. I think the electronic world makes us out of touch with our embodied selves. For me, nature is a huge source. I want to be outside. I want to turn to it. I want to be observing it as much as possible because that's the source for everything." Poet Barbara Crooker's life and writing encompass harsh losses and radiant gifts. In this in-depth interview interspersed with a selection of her luminous poetry, she shares reflections on grief, parenting, nature, the writing life and much more.

How to Nurture Empathic Joy in Your Classroom

ByAmy L. Eva

According to a new study, students perform better when teachers share in their joy.

A new teacher I know recently shared the reason he decided to become an educator: “Cheesy maybe, but I became intrigued by teaching because of smiles. When a student I am working with smiles, the feeling I get is indescribable.” My friend is describing “empathic joy”— the experience of sharing and understanding positive emotions. When our students feel happy, we feel happy. When our students celebrate a success, we celebrate with them. Empathic joy delights in the good everyone can share. And in the classroom, empathic joy might have academic benefits:Researchersfollowing primarily white teachers in ethnically diverse schools linked teachers’ joy to students’ higher test scores. Unfortunately, day-to-day workplace challenges can undermine the contagious sense of joy that may have brought you to teaching in the first place: conflicts among colleagues, budget cuts and layoffs, or high-stakes tes…

Inspirational Quote – February 2, 2017

“Don’t belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.”

Occasionally, we our own worst enemy. You know what I mean. Somebody will ask us to do something and we decline, saying we’re not up to it, don’t have the confidence, or the skills, etc. etc. The downside is that, if we do this long enough, we start to believe our own hype and our self-confidence takes a nosedive. Much, much better to say, okay, maybe I haven’t done this before or don’t have much experience but I’ll give it a go. If you keep putting yourself down others will too but, if you believe in yourself and are willing to try, look out World!


Bloombars: A Conversation with John Chambers

"I think I was the only person of color in my entire school who wasn't placed in Special Ed. There was definitely an expectation of failure. So I left my senior year to attend Solebury School in New Hope, PA. This one-year experience really changed the way I thought, and it also forced me into leadership positions. I kind of reinvented, or discovered, myself -- probably both, to be honest. How fast a person can change in a nurturing environment was another lesson." John Chambers is the inspired, and inspiring, founder of Bloombars, a creative, positive alternative to the ordinary booze-bar.