My “Small Town” Canadian Family

The series “The Gilmore Girls” was recently revived on Netflex – and GIs were interviewed  on the national news saying the series represented the kind of small town life they felt represented the best of America.  I recently drove to Brigden, Ontario Canada with my brother Bill for a family funeral – a town that in my memory felt like Stars Hollow.  (And yes, my mother’s Slovak parents had a farm near Vassar, Michigan that was also a small town haven, but that’s another blog!) My Aunt Mary Jane passed away at 93 in a London, Ont. long term care home and was my late father’s youngest sister – only one more older sister survives now in Florida.

Brigden is  less than a  two hour drive from the northern Detroit suburbs,  with the option to take the Bluewater ferry at Marine City or drive farther north to the Bluewater Bridge at Sarnia.  We lucked out and got to the ferry right before it left, then drove up the region’s pastoral roads. Continue reading

Creating Peace on Earth with a Song…

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me…

I’ve always been inspired by the song “Let There be Peace on Earth,” but I knew I had to share my passion when I discovered after some research that it was written in 1955 for an International Children’s Choir that had been created in Long Beach, CA.  The song still is performed by children’s choirs around the world, especially during the year-end holiday season.*

I’ve long concluded that maybe we can’t stop the wars and violence everywhere, but I am glad that, through this song, children remain the conscience of the world and remind us that striving for solutions to bring about a more peaceful world each year and each decade is our collective responsibility. Continue reading

Dreaming of a Healthier Vision for Home Care

Back last year when my niece Dr. Linda Holland first started implementing her dream of a new vision for home care that focused on chiropractic principles, I was one of her most excited team members.

I have always been an advocate of holistic health, first seeing the direct link between health and diet when I joined  the Flatbush Food Coop in Brooklyn and switched my diet.  I watched my health improve steadily and had the opportunity to learn more about alternative medicine as well. 

Now I have the opportunity to help Dr. Holland educate the public in Michigan on how current practices in home care for the elderly can be improved if we apply the same chiropractic principles that she has seen improve the lives of her patients of all ages.  I started by getting certified as a home health aide so I could write more knowledgably about the subject and therefore be more effective as an advocate.

I encourage everyone to learn more about this new approach by visiting the Bridgeview Home Care site and reading the blogs at http://www.bridgeviewhomehealthcare.com/ , especially if you are currently helping elderly parents or other relatives. 

As Summer Ends, a Reminder on the Importance of Vacation

I saw a posting on linkedin recently that focused on “5 Genius Ways to Avoid the Post-vacation Blues,”  (thanks for posting it, Pat Ahaesy).

The article reminded me that some of us need to recover from the stress of a lack of a summertime vacation – much more unhealthy than post-vacation blues!!  I’ve always loved summer, but this is the first year I can remember that I didn’t really take off more than an occasional day designed to focus  entirely on relaxation.  Not nearly enough.

I only made a resolution to change my behavior when bad judgement from fatigue resulted in a leg injury – luckily minor, but painful.  I realized that my body was stressed and craving a break and I had ignored it.  So I am issuing a warning to others to recognize your needs  for a true vacation, even a few days,  to renew your energy and your spirits.

It’s not selfish — your health may depend on  it!  Benefits include a decreased risk of heart disease,  depression, less stress and improved productivity.  And If you are guilty of sometimes skipping vacations in any season,  here’s more information on the health benefits you are missing  – Healthnet.

Staying Calm When the Computer Crashes

A few weeks ago my four year old HP computer, which had never caused me any serious problems, crashed for the second time after Windows 10 had unexpectedly downloaded on me a few weeks earlier.  I was already under a lot of stress with illness in my family and prayed this would be a simple fix as I loaded the equipment  into my car and took it to the computer store .

Repairs, it turned out were not part of my current technical support plan, but the tech on hand felt it could be a simple fix if it was just a windows 10 glitch.  Only problem was that the summer is their busiest time and an estimate of three to four days wait for the results of a diagnostics test was predicted.  I didn’t have a backup other than my iphone so I knew I would be using computers at the library if this went on too long.   Still, despite my disappointment and what seemed like a mountain of work to be done, I didn’t get angry or argumentative.  I just said thanks and was relieved for the optimism on the fix.  I also realized this was a good time to again test my latest meditation –opening to love.  It is one of the heart meditations from the meditation master Pragito Dove  and when life goes suddenly out of control, it helps you to focus on the wisdom of the heart rather than listen to the logical mind, which can drive you to panic.  It also helps to laugh and there are laughter meditations to counter stress, too. Continue reading

Tackling the Future One Leap at a Time

“Sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff and trust in yourself,” my late husband Tim Robinson lectured me when  I balked at a career opportunity because it seemed such a leap of faith.   Tim had blazed an incredible career in journalism by never questioning his talent – and it took him forward in amazing, ground-breaking ways.  I call it “living life ahead of the curve.”

I recently joined a BNI (Business Networking International) chapter in Michigan and we are constantly asked to share our business goals.  Mine is to continue those leaps of faith in my life to find the new paths that will keep me energized and productive.

I’ve admired  the amazing pioneers I’ve met in many fields on my own journey.  That includes those in journalism, publishing, public relations and food coops (I was on the first Board of the amazing Flatbush Food Coop).  During my time in Silicon Valley, I admired the internet entrepreneurs I met  during the dotcom boom. I also have known so many talented women entrepreneurs throughout the years from my involvement in Women in Communications and Women in Business in California, and the National Association of Women Business Owners in both California and New York.  They all shared a passion for their chosen work and a fearlessness in taking on challenges.  Continue reading