Overcoming the Taboo of Touch

By Edie Weinstein On October 1, 2022, I experienced a bucket list item, as I stepped on the stage of TEDx Faurot Park in Lima, Ohio to offer a talk called Overcoming the Taboo of Touch. Heart beating, after six months of prep time, I knocked their socks off, according...

The Oxford Comma Can Add Years To Your Life

By Shelley Friend, Verlie Edwards and Leanne Ivey According to grammerly.com: “The Oxford (or serial) comma is the final comma in a list of things. For example: Please bring me a pencil, eraser, and notebook. The Oxford comma comes right after the word eraser. Use of...

Make All Your Wishes Come True with WOOP

WOOP is a scientifically-based process to help people make their wishes come true. WOOP is an acronym for four steps in Dr. Gabriele Oettingen’s model. It stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan. According to her website WOOPmylife.org, it only takes 5-10 minutes...

Life Goes Up and Life Goes Down But Life Can Come Up Again

Life goes up, life goes down, but life can come up again! I have relatively little family left with none living close by and can count my best friends on one hand (they are truly gifts from God). After working with the public by phone or in person throughout my entire...

A Survivor’s Wife Remembers 9-11

As told to her friends Verlie McAlister Edwards and Leanne Kinsey Ivey Editor’s note: Twenty years after terrorists flew American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon, Mel Birdwell, the wife of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell, shares her remembrances of the day and the...

Sisters by Choice: Zoomer Sisters

We joined a program promoting healthy eating for weight loss. The rules are: No flour, no sugar, eat only at mealtime, and weighing and measuring your food. It is recommended that you align yourself with other followers for greater success. Members have the ability to...

Piano During The Pandemic

By Mary Groenewoud Hale “Never let the brain idle.  ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’  And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.”                                           -George Carlin   “How will I keep busy during the coronavirus pandemic?” I thought to myself. ...

More Than I Can Handle

by Staci Bell It has been said many times, to many hurting people, from many well-meaning people, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  It has even been quoted as Scripture. It’s not in the Bible. Not even close. When I think about my dad walking home from...

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