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The Coming of Age

We move through life at warp speed these days.  Everything is fast—fast—fast, and our patience for anything slow seems to be dwindling. We get impatient waiting for the microwave to warm our food, when the line at the grocery store has more than one person in it, or while waiting for a pedestrian walking too…

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Life Is Like A Cell Phone

When cell phones first became available on the public market, society quickly embraced the new luxury/convenience item.  Some of the original models were the size of footballs, or were so clunky they had to be carried in a bag.  Yet consumers wanted them and purchased them in droves.  Year after year the demand for cell…

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The Story of Adreian Payne: An inspirational story of life after loss

Stories of life, love, loss, and inspiration are often found in the places we least expect.  One such story comes from the world of college basketball, and whether you’re a fan of the sport (or not), you surely will be a fan of the story of Adreian Payne.   Adreian was born in Dayton, Ohio.  His…

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Help Others and Help Yourself

Do you know the fastest way out of a bad spot?  We can tell you, though you probably already know.  Have you guessed it yet? Come on, you know (hint-hint: it’s in the title); you just don’t want to say it.  But here’s a gentle reminder:  The fastest way out of a bad spot is…

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Honoring Our Own

Funeral directors aren’t the kind of people who need constant praise and acknowledgement.  Many receive their greatest satisfaction in just knowing that your family was well-served in the process of honoring your loved one.   This is where they draw their greatest sense of pride and accomplishment.  But in 2007, then-Senator Herb Kohl submitted a resolution…

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No Pet Peeves

In just about every neighborhood there’s that person that people point to and whisper, “There’s that Crazy Cat Lady” or “That’s the Mad Man of Mutts.”    They’re the hoarders of our canine and feline friends, and though it’s easy for us to get a little peeved when pet ownership is taken to the extreme, often…

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Retreat and Renew

Stop the world, I want to get off! Have you ever said that, or at least thought it?  Most of us have.  When the demands and challenges of life get too great, it’s natural to want to “fall off the face of the earth” so to speak, or to retreat—at least for a time.  And…

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Working Through Family Conflicts

The death of a loved one is without a doubt one of the most stressful times for any family.  We’re overwhelmed with our own feelings of sadness and grief, yet there are funeral arrangements to consider and decisions that must be made.  Most often, family members can support one another through the processes, but for…

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For the Record

In our hectic world of emails, task lists, texts and more it seems we are constantly writing something down, but are we truly capturing the things that matter?     One resource that is helping thousands chronicle important life experiences is CaringBridge.org.     Through the non-profit organization’s website you can chronicle the health journey of a…

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Resolutions vs. Setting Intentions

Now that we’re a handful of weeks into the New Year, it’s time to do a check-up on our resolutions.   Oh come on, no need for groaning and moaning.  We know.  Something went terribly wrong on day 2, or 5 or 18, and now you’re left feeling a bit defeated. Many of us have already…

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