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    Life Experiences

    Ageism

    What is old? Some time ago one of my children on my asking her a question said, “I just told you that”. I said, “Do you know how many times I had to repeat myself when you were little?” It never happened again. According to my favourite reference book, The Oxford English Dictionary, Ageism is prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of age. I AM NOT AGING. I AM RIPENING. I AM SEASONING. I AM WEATHERING. I AM MARINATING. I AM THRIVING. We have to pay attention to our responsibility to ourselves as we live in one of the worst countries regarding the aging population. We pay more for car…

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    Life Achievements

    Smart Women Who Mean Business

    PA NJ Radio interviews Dr. Yvonne Kaye Listen as Yvonne tells her story that began during WWII at the age of 6, when she was separated from her family. Her early childhood experiences helped to form the foundation of her eventual career as an addiction and bereavement specialist. Known for years for her late night radio show out of Philadelphia, rarely is someone as compassionate for the suffering of others. Are you seeking an inspirational speaker? Looking for a trained bereavement professional? Would your next event benefit from a humorous storyteller? Hire Dr. Yvonne Kaye today. Sue Begent Interviews Smart Women Who Mean Business! She is known nationally and internationally…

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    Achievements,  Courage,  Life Achievements

    Wishes

    “I believe that once desires are implanted in the brain, they start on the longest journey they will ever take, to the heart, soul and gut. That’s when things happen. “ I was always taught that wishes were a waste of time and just fantasies which would never happen, so why bother. Why not bother?  Wishes aren’t just hope that something miraculous will happen.  They are dreams of the impossible or so we think. How would we have electricity, cameras, even safety pins if someone had given up on what they believed would improve the world? I know there are some wishes that couldn’t be fulfilled. Something I would love…

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    Helping Children,  Life Experiences

    Oh, Those Days

    This won’t be published before Mother’s Day 2019, but it is still important. Maybe the message will prepare those concerned for the coming year. The “days” I refer to are labeled, Mother’s Day,  Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day and then Parents’ Day, as if Mother and Father didn’t get gifts the first time. There are celebrations galore and people are made to feel special. For one day. I am a real Scrooge about these days for a variety of reasons. Firstly let me protect myself before the attackers take over.  Whomever wants to celebrate those occasions need to do so. These are merely my opinions. My children were raised to believe…

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    Healing Lessons,  Life transitions

    Making Choices While On the Emotional Roller Coaster

    My friend, Edie, describes the roller coaster so well. When we go and get on a roller coaster, we know it is going to go up and then it goes down. We can expect to know when we can get off. On the other hand, for an emotional roller coaster, one never knows when it will start or stop. It can surprise us at any time about anything. One can be enjoying friends and going home feeling well and happy. Then wham! An unwelcome emotional downer hits hard. What can we do about it?  Understand Choice I learned about choice from my ‘bible’, Man’s Search for Meaning, by Dr. Viktor…