Magazine articles, television programs and music playlists tell us that this is "the most wonderful time of the year." That is until the extra work of shopping, cooking, decorating, wrapping, planning and entertaining makes it the least wonderful time. While most of us welcome the chance to celebrate with family and friends, sometimes those encounters … Continue reading Expert advice to conquer holiday stress
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Dear Readers, Today is my wedding anniversary so I am posting this story again. It is special to me so I want to share it with you today. Thanks for being here today and every day you visit. I appreciate your time and attention to my musings. TWO WORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE By Aletha … Continue reading Two Words That Changed My Life
Robert Browning, poet "Although the early part of Robert Browning’s creative life was spent in comparative obscurity, he has come to be regarded as one of the most important poets of the Victorian period." Weekend words is a regular feature of watercress words. At the end of the work week we take a … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day from Watercress Words
Last year I entered a contest- and promptly forgot all about it. I remembered it when I learned who had won- it wasn’t me. Not even second place. But that’s ok. Real Simple magazine sponsors an annual “Life Lessons” writing contest. The assignment is to write about “What single decision changed your life?” I … Continue reading TWO WORDS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
I’ve read articles, blog posts, and social media messages suggesting that we have too much stuff and that our lives would be better with less stuff. This philosophy goes by different names- decluttering, simplifying, minimalism, and it promises a life with less stress, more peace, and more time to enjoy activities that give us pleasure … Continue reading 7 health habits we need more of in 2016
Although this season brings fun and festivities, many of our friends find it hard to feel joyful when their hearts are heavy with grief. Whether from a recent loss, or one many years ago, grieving for the loved ones who won't be here to celebrate with us can dampen our holiday spirit and lead … Continue reading Finding Holiday Joy Amid the Grief
My husband and I had travelled to Mexico on mission trips but never for a vacation until last year. Our friends, who I will call George and Emma, own a time share in Cancun and graciously invited us to share it with them on their annual visit. They purchased it many years ago, and celebrated … Continue reading sharing grief, love and memories at the beach in Cancun, Mexico- Tuesday Travels
For one week I was the doctor at an exclusive summer camp for children age 7 through 11 years. Only a few children are accepted to this camp from those who qualify. There are strict requirements for admission, but once a child qualifies, they can return every year until they reach 11. Both boys and … Continue reading How we give new meaning to “happy campers”
My favorite is number 5 ” what you do matters” . I try to live my life that way and the people who have helped me along the way did too.
Sometimes the lessons we learn don’t come from the textbook. Looking back on the group of students that just completed their 8th grade year, I realize they taught me several lessons.
During the graduation ceremony, every teacher commented on what a distinct pleasure these students were to work with. We all recognized that this group had something different from those in years past- CLASS. These students know how to live and learn well.
5 lessons in living well, courtesy of the 8th grade class of 2015:
Our society is beginning to overflow with individuals who feel entitled and believe the world should be handed to them on a silver platter. The class of 2015 stood out because the culture of the class encouraged hard work. These students did not complain about work; they attacked it.
They did not expect to receive high grades or praise without putting in the effort. I had many students do assignments…
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My husband and I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Bob and his wife for several years. He is the Board Chairman for Vets With a Mission and we have served with them on mission trips to VietNam. Like my husband, he is a veteran of that conflict. He has been a pastor … Continue reading Veteran Bob Peragallo fought in VietNam ,now dishes out love