Taking Care of Your Life

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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How to help siblings adjust to a newborn’s arrival

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

There’s no question that the arrival of a newborn is both a blessing and a challenge to parents. The seemingly endless nights with little or no sleep, constant feeding and diaper changes, and ever-present, ear-splitting crying can be a trial for even the most patient, mature moms and dads. In all the excitement and stress, it’s easy to forget that older children, too, have a lot of adjustments to make when a newborn sibling arrives. After all, there’s now competition for the parental time and attention that was, until recently, focused exclusively on them. It’s normal for children to feel a little resentment under these circumstances, even if, on one level, they’re thrilled about having a new brother or sister.

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Nobody’s Perfect – The room where it happens

Written by Sister Karen Zielinski, OSF. Posted in Taking Care of Your Life

“The Room Where It Happens” is a song from Act 2 of the musical Hamilton, based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, which premiered on Broadway in 2015. The musical relates Hamilton’s life and his relationships with his family and Aaron Burr. Lin-Manuel Miranda composed the song, which detailed the Dinner Table Bargain of 1790 when Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison met privately and hashed out the compromise that set the location for the new US Capital on the Potomac River in what is now Washington, DC.

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Spiritually Speaking - Why do we die, God?

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

I really don’t know the answer to the title of this article, I can only share what I think is the Creator’s plan as I’ve experienced the deaths of so many loved ones over the years and especially in these last several months. Since January I’ve experienced the deaths of eight Sylvania Franciscan Sisters, three of them in the month of July alone. My last surviving uncle, Richard Thill, died in March just as we became aware of the pandemic, and my cousin, Peter, and my dear sister, Bobbie, died in June. None of the deaths were attributed to Covid-19, but that is little consolation as they have indeed all passed on from this earth to heaven. At least that is my hope and prayer.

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