Taking Care of Your Life

Spiritually Speaking - Hunger and bread

Written by Sister Mary Thill. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

What a strange Thanksgiving celebration we will have this year, the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. I think many of us hoped that things would have returned to normal by this time, and it looks as if that won’t happen for several months into the new year. Do we really want to observe this cultural holiday after all we’ve been through? What do we have to be thankful for anyway?

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A Walk in the Park: The Sunbelt Tour - Part 1

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

One of the most frequent questions we get is, “How long does it take to get to…?” Reasonable people want to know what they are facing before they commit to it. In recent years, we have spent the winters in Arizona, mostly at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument right smack on the Mexican border. So, how long does it take to get to Organ Pipe? The most direct route is 2,037 miles. But that is right through Blizzard Central. Driving time would be about four days if there were no snow in the prairie or ice in the mountains.

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Indulge your green thumb with flowering houseplants

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Soon, autumn’s frost will bring an end to another Northwest Ohio growing season, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until the spring thaw to indulge your green thumb. Flowering houseplants, if thoughtfully selected and properly cared for, are a great way to satisfy your craving for color and fight off cabin fever during the upcoming cold months.

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A Walk in the Park - How much is enough?

Written by LeMoyne Mercer. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Nick, my barber, said his parents were looking into buying an RV. Like many people confined by the pandemic, they were eager to break out and feel free again. RV sales and rentals set all-time records this year. His father suggested they might take three years to see the country and then sell the RV. Which is an interesting concept. With rigorous research and planning, you might be able to plot a course that would take you to all the places you ever wanted to go in only three years.

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Spiritually Speaking - A blessing going forward

Written by Sister Mary Thill. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

Just how many times will we need to be reminded that love is the answer to many of the challenges in our society these days? I have almost stopped watching the news because I find myself getting upset with what I see and hear going on around me. Increased killings on our streets, people destroying rather than demonstrating, forest fires burning out of control, Covid 19 still taking lives, politicians sounding divisive rather than uniting, and I could go on and on. Where is the love in all this?

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Healthy aging - Part 1

Written by Daniel J. Jachimiak, BA. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

In the first part of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was only 45 years. Today the average life expectancy has increased to 78.6 years. With the added 33 years to our life expectancy, we need to work toward a new image of aging, one that includes active, productive, vital years that are full of love, laughter, and intimacy. Some scientists tell us that 70 percent of the characteristics of aging are based on the choices we make every day—that is, our personal lifestyle choices. Our attitude and our sense of control over our lives are the keys in determining whether we just add years to our life or we add life to those years.

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Planning a safe and healthy Halloween

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

For youngsters all across our nation, the month of October means but one thing—Halloween is on its way. On this one special night of the year, kids get to fan out through their neighborhoods, dressed in outlandish costumes, with the goal of collecting a sack full of sugar-laden goodies. However, in their haste to accumulate as many treats as possible before the “witching hour” arrives, kids are also quick to forget some basic rules of safety. Though we don’t yet know exactly how various communities across our region will handle the tradition of trick-or-treating in light of COVID-19, parents should set the stage for a safe, healthy Halloween with a little planning.

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