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

The Cure for Entrepreneurial Burnout – Try the Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington,the high-energy founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, knows all about entrepreneurial burnout.  Until recently, she was famous for carrying four cell phones, and jumping into waiting cars for up to 17 appointments each day on her global business trips.  Now she is hoping to become famous as a guru on the health crisis being caused by such non-stop ambition.  As she warns, “we are in the midst of a sleep-deprivation crisis.”  Her new book is The Sleep Revolution, inspired by her own professional meltdown, which culminated with her collapse, breaking a cheek bone on her desk as she fell down.  She was later diagnosed with sleep deprivation and burnout.

During a recent CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, Huffington now declares that everything in your life gets better if you just get enough sleep – your health, creativity and capacity to lead all get better, and you are less stressed.  In fact, she cites that earlier civilizations revered  the power of dreams so much, they had sleep temples to ensure the population was rested and creative. Huffington decided to study history to find out how we started devaluing sleep and found that it traced back to the first industrial revolution, when workers started being treated like machines.  She added that it escalated with the 2nd industrial revolution with Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb.  And now the 3rd industrial revolution is digital, making us all addicts to our devices, as she puts it. Continue reading

Saluting Investigative Reporting in Sweet Home Alabama

I was back in Alabama this year in time to watch the 2016 Academy Awards  with my late husband Tim Robinson’s brother Mike, a retired Air Force Colonel and his wife Carolyn, a talented editor and retired teacher.  I had flown in to visit with Tim’s amazing Southern family and friends, as well as attend an annual journalism Forum in my late husband’s honor (http://www.samford.edu/arts-and-sciences/robinson-forum) that was featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Brad Schrade, an investigative reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  So it was not only a great surprise, but a special moment that Sunday night for us when the winner of this year’s Oscars for best picture went to “Spotlight,” which chronicles a  Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize–winning investigation ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotlight_(film)).

Two days later, Brad Schrade told the assembled audience for the Timothy Sumner Robinson Forum at Samford University in Birmingham that “we’re at a moment again where popular culture has deemed investigative work important and even pretty cool,” citing Spotlight’s wins as Best Picture and Best Writing (Original Screenplay), coming 39 years after the four Oscar wins for All the President’s Men, a film about the Washington Post’s famous investigation of the Watergate break-in.  That failed political espionage eventually caused President Nixon’s resignation and the conviction of many of his top officials.   Schrade went on to tell the assembled students in the audience that while newspapers and other printed media were struggling, he hoped this film would inspire a new generation of journalists to “take up this flag.”

What Schrade didn’t know and what I enjoyed telling him later was that the last footage in the film All the Presidents’ Men shows the coverage of the Watergate trials coming off the newsroom tickertape, flashing my late husband’s byline over and over.  Schrade also didn’t realize that Tim was a city editor on the desk when his favorite reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were put on special assignment.  He was proud to join them on the investigative team as the White House conspiracy unraveled.  Tim did such a brilliant job of reporting on the convictions stemming from the Watergate break in that he went on to receive a Ford Fellowship to Yale Law School and become a distinguished legal columnist for the Post.  He was recruited to be Editor in Chief of a new publication in New York called the National Law Journal and thus blazed a pioneering trail in the field of legal journalism.  My gratitude goes to everyone at Tim’s alma mater Samford University for their support of the Forum and Scholarship program in Tim’s honor, which includes an internship each year at the Washington Post.  And I am will always feel grateful for such a special Southern family, which also includes Tim’s sister Terah’s family in Jasper, his brother Nelson’s family in the hometown of Dora and sister-in-law Martha in Fresno, California.