Sunday - December 8, 2019

God Recycles Too!

August 6th, 2013

God Recycles Too! By Chloe JonPaul M.Ed. As I fill containers with paper, cardboard, foam, plastic, glass, and metal scraps, I marvel at the thought that I can, in a small but important way, be helping to save our endangered environment.  The hairs on my head stand up like Brillo when I see people throwing trash on the ground – right next to a waste bin located on the sidewalk.  Then we have the careless fools who throw stuff out their car window as they whiz past. With a little effort but lots of determination, I have set up things in my household so that I can efficiently and routinely... Read More

Four Rooms You Should Visit Daily

July 25th, 2013

Four Rooms You Should Visit Daily By Chloe JonPaul M.Ed. Well now, let\’s talk about those four rooms that I mentioned in my introductory post.  A wise Indian guru once said that man is a house with four rooms:  the physical, the mental, the spiritual, and the emotional.  The problem is that he tends to spend most of his time in only one of those rooms each day whereas it would be in his best interests to visit each of them every day. But…(I hear you moaning!) how is that possible? you say.  I can hardly keep up with my schedule as it is!  Well, that was exactly what I thought... Read More

What\’s in Your Spiritual Pantry?

July 8th, 2013

What\’s in Your Spiritual Pantry? By Chloe JonPaul Most of us check into our kitchen pantry on a regular basis to see what items we need so we can make a shopping list for the grocery store.  Keeping a supply of staples is a given for most of us since we don’t want to run out of something just when we need it the most. Today, however, I invite you to take a look at what’s in your spiritual pantry so you can decide on what needs to be added, replaced, or perhaps even discarded. Spirituality is often misconstrued as having a religious affiliation with a church, mosque, or synagogue. ... Read More

Tour Business\’ Dual Goals: Build Memories and Fight Alzheimer\’s Disease

July 7th, 2013

Tour Business\’ Dual Goals: Build Memories and Fight Alzheimer\’s Disease By Donna West for the NABBW The idea that I might lose my identity and all of my memories is terrifying. I lost my father to Alzheimer’s Disease. My Father and Mother were my favorite travel companions. I have priceless memories of sitting in our living room and lingering over our pictures together, remembering the great times those snapshots captured for us. I witnessed the ravages of Alzheimer’s first-hand as I slowly lost my father. I didn’t get it at first, why his personality was changing.  I was... Read More

The Weather Has Changed Now It\’s Your Turn

June 6th, 2013

The Weather Has Changed Now It\’s Your Turn  By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph. D.  Now that summer is in full bloom, are you looking for ways to make new beginnings yourself? You\’ve been seeing flowers popping their heads up, risking bad weather to bloom once more. If you\’ve wanted to make some changes in your old habits but have been bogged down by winter\’s heavy gloom, now\’s the time to take a chance and go for it. Here are some tips to help you start instituting the changes you want make. This summer try out a new perspective as you... Read More

That Ain\’t The Floorboards Creakin\’ (And Other Signs of Maturity)

April 5th, 2013

That Ain\’t The Floorboards Creakin\’ (And Other Signs of Maturity) By Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis                            The sudden, loud creak startled me. I was alone in the house, save for my dog and 2 cats. The dog lying prone on the floor, feet running, chasing some elusive creature in her dreams I suppose. One cat happily ensconced on the back of the recliner and the other on the floor attending to her nightly ablutions. They hadn\’t moved or even lifted a head to investigate the sound. Surely they heard it. Not much escapes an animal\’s... Read More

How I Cyberstalked My Son Through Eastern Europe

March 7th, 2013

By Debby Nicklas It was the best and worst hug ever. We stood at Los Angeles International Airport saying goodbye as our son left to study abroad in Prague. His hug was tighter than usual and lingered longer. It said more than any words that a 21-year-old could say. Then off he went on his adventure. And as any typical parent, I was worried but excited for him. With the help of online banking and Google, a San Luis Obispo mom stays connected to her 21-year-old son traveling abroad This phase of parenting — letting go — is the hardest one of all. You are used to being the center of his life... Read More

How One Woman Lives Debt-free — and Well — on Less Than $35,000 a Year

March 7th, 2013

By Chloe JonPaul I challenge you to live well — for less. Women’s magazines and the Internet abound in time-saving tips and devices. This article is simply meant to share ways I live well while saving money, in order to help jump-start you into action with a gentle push in the right direction. Bargain or Wallet-Buster?  Shopping… at the mall, on the Internet, or by catalog is a tantalizing adventure that many people, especially women, thoroughly enjoy. It can be disastrous for the person on a fixed income. The majority of men and women entering Second Adulthood don’t have unlimited... Read More

The Yin and Yang of My Heart

March 6th, 2013

By Laurel D. Rund Unbelievable as it seems, it has been four years since my husband passed away. Every year, from January 26th until February 19th, I go into a Bermuda triangle of memories and emotions – his birthday, the day of his death and our anniversary fall on these dates.   You would think grief would have loosened its hold on me, but these meaningful days still haunt me. I loved my husband for 44 years (notwithstanding all the ups and downs of most marriages).  Today, I am blessed to be in a committed and loving relationship with a wonderful man who has graced... Read More

AMOUR: Lessons from the 2013 Best Foreign Film

March 6th, 2013

By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. Although the 2013 Academy Awards are history one gem, Amour, will continue to shine. This heartbreaking and unflinching movie was painful to watch but it stimulated conversations with more questions than answers. As the people we love decline, how do we deal with the inevitable suffering? Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke tackled this subject and won the 2013 Academy Award for best foreign language film. The leads, veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, play a vital Parisian couple... Read More