Walking Evelyn Home

Walking Evelyn Home

By Arlene Hopkins with Charlaine Martin Image by Camilo Jaminez from Unsplash. The ambulance pulled up in silence with only its beacon flashing into our senior community nestled behind the local Catholic church. As residents slept in the early morning hours, paramedics came for a large woman in her late 70’s. Her pale complexion highlighted her stressed condition. Skilled paramedics wheeled the gurney, which held […]

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Re-Entering Daily Life after Thanksgiving

Re-Entering Daily Life after Thanksgiving

Photo by David Lezcano on Unsplash. I don’t know about you, but re-entering daily life after going away for Thanksgiving is a bear! We decided to run away for a week, which explains not seeing regular posts, just because we needed a break at our house. We both work from home, so work sort of takes over home no matter what we do. Sunny and […]

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Reflections Over Tumultuous Times

Reflections Over Tumultuous Times

Image by Pixabay. I don’t know about you, but 2020 proved to test even the most resolved, steady person. The true colors of many people have shown what they really believe about faith issues, caring concern about others, and the ability of some to agree to disagree over a host of controversial topics. I found myself caught in arguments when I thought they were supposed […]

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Celebrate a New Day

Celebrate a New Day

This morning, I woke up to my alarm with my hubby kneeling beside our bed to pray over me. The next thing I knew, it was three hours later! I couldn’t believe I lost three hours of prime writing time. Grrrr! How could I let that happen? I scolded myself. I hauled my body out of bed, realizing that today was an autoimmune flare. This […]

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Going on a PawPaw Hunt

Going on a PawPaw Hunt

We couldn’t wait to taste our prize, the only native fruit in Michigan when we arrived home.

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Seeking Relief in a Spiritual Desert

Seeking Relief in a Spiritual Desert

I’ve watched people drink deep of the unpottable waters of Namaste’ in yoga classes and gulp down the scorching dry sand of self-glorification.

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The Joining Together of Squirrel and Mouse:

The Joining Together of Squirrel and Mouse:

Our spouses need a loving best friend-partner in life adventures, not a critical parent figure to whip him or her into shape.

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The Pitfalls of Diets and What to Do Instead

The Pitfalls of Diets and What to Do Instead

 A Remake of Dieting is “Die” with a “T” at the End” From 2014 on www.totallyfit4life.net. When I talk with my Healthy Lifestyles group members about what they want to accomplish with their weight loss plans, I usually hear about the diets they’ve tried and failed. One question I ask is this, “If a diet is supposed to help you reach your goals, then why […]

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Quenching Flames

Quenching Flames

While visiting my daughter in Colorado, the reality struck us that the Rocky Mountain wildfires were blazing, spewing smoke and ash into the air for hundreds of miles. This severe situation was no longer a photo from headline news. It smelled like a wood fire, as if roasting marshmallows at a campfire, but this was no family wiener roast awaiting tasty s’ mores. It was […]

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Let the Adventure Begin!

Let the Adventure Begin!

Photo by Quinn Neitfeld from Unsplash. Awesome mountain peaks passed beneath us at 11,000 feet above sea level, a glorious sight to behold from our yellow Lancair single-engine plane. The scene took my breath away. Was it just the scenery? A tightness gripped me as if someone reached into my chest and squeezed my heart—hard—for a few minutes. “Hon. My chest hurts. I’m having trouble […]

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