Choosing excellence

Choosing excellence, reflections from Proverbs 31 and Vicki Courtney

Who can find an excellent woman?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
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 She chooses wool and flax.
    She loves to work with her hands.

She is like the ships of traders.
    She brings her food from far away.

 She gets up while it is still night.
    She provides food for her family.

She considers a field and buys it.
    She uses some of the money she earns to plant a vineyard.

 She gets ready to work hard.
    Her arms are strong.

Proverbs 31 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)


New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


“Proverbs 31 reminds us that virtuous women are a rare find. It is not a label that many will earn. There are some areas when we feel we do well, and others that many need improvement.

A virtuous woman will recognize that her worth has nothing to do with appearance, talent, or the opinions of others.

She will recognize that her past belongs in the past and a future awaits her.

God does not expect perfection, but rather , perseverance. “



quote from


the Virtuous Woman-Shattering the Superwoman Myth

by Vicki Courtney

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for our “Safety and Happiness”-USA healthcare

The  United States may not have “socialized medicine”, but several federal agencies and many laws regulate health care for us. Let’s look at some of them. 

“to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ” the Declaration of Independence

The  United States may not have “socialized medicine”, but several federal agencies and many laws regulate health care for us. Let’s look at some of them.


The National Institutes of Health posted this infographic about the challenges of communicating health risk .

Making sense of your health
Making sense of your health risks HEALTH.NIH.GOV


Health risks are often misunderstood, underestimated, or overestimated. This chart explains how to know what to ignore and what to explore.

Remember that risk does not equal disease-there are few health risks that inevitably lead to illness, disability, or death.



The Smithsonian offers us this article about

8 diseases to watch out for at the beach

young women walking on a beach


“Despite its idyllic facade, the beach can be a dangerous place—and swimmer’s ear, sunburn and jellyfish stings may be the least of your worries. Beaches can get pretty dirty, and this pollution can come with some nasty pathogens.”



Public Health Service 

Michelle Holshue is a nurse, an NIH researcher, and a global public health responder. She is one of more than 79,000 people who make HHS run every day.”

The Food and Drug Administration reminds us how to avoid getting allergic reactions from these plants -poison ivy, poison sumac,  and poison oak.


4 Tips to Outsmarting Poisonous Plants



Meet Dr. Nadja West- United States Army


She’s a wife, mother, physician; oh, and by the way, a 3-star general in the U.S. Army, highest ranking woman ever to graduate from West Point.





Here’s another post about the United States healthcare system.

Let’s celebrate Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care


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How has USA government healthcare impacted your life? Please share your experience or insights.

And please share this post. Thank you.

Dr. Aletha 

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