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Kat working with the elephants in South Africa at Knysna Elephant Park

My hippie, vegan, Biology major, animal-hugging college daughter, Kat, shared the song and video below. She posted it to me to listen to when I study (read and work). We are both college students at the moment.

Kat went to the Kynsna Elephant Park, South Africa, one summer with an organization called Personal Overseas Development (POD).  It was the best experience in her life and fueled her passion to be involved in conservation studies.

Her goal is to save the planet, especially the animals. My goal is to keep my healthcare business humming to help fund her goal to save the planet.

What do you think of this “calming” tune?  Any other suggestions?


Traditional acts can be great stress busters. Sandy blew an abundance of assorted leaves to our yard this week. We have a sample from each of our neighbor’s trees. Raking this blanket of color into a big giant pile is relaxing and refreshing. Even better, afterwards, take a flying leap into them! Be a kid again – the worries of grown up life will halt for a while.

Halloween will be at our doorsteps tonight. Don’t forget the pumpkin therapy. Carving, slicing, and scooping, oh my!

I love fall season — how about you?



Life can come at you hard — sometimes. The top stressors in life include death of a loved one, loss of home, loss of job, and divorce. Six years ago I started life over again when my marriage of 25 years suddenly ended. I fought hard to keep my home, my job, and my four kids from falling a part. I used these very simple 3 R’s to overcome my obstacles and succeed:

1. Read. Books, magazines, the internet — anything you can get your hands on — just read. Learning about the stress that you are dealing with and how others have survived can be encouraging. Tom Carder’s book, “Torn Asunder” put my problem into perspective giving me the courage to reinvent myself. Educating yourself and moving forward is the best thing you can do.

2. wRite. Get it out. Regurgitate all of your inner most thoughts and feelings in no logical sense. Notebook, journals, receipts, napkins — are all worthy products to write your feelings. I compiled all of my scribblings into my kid’s old Mickey Mouse folder and may write a great book one day. I also wrote my goals for my career to begin to stabilize my family.

3. Run. Or walk, bike, dance, or just get out and move — every day — for at least an hour. I never ran or had the desire to sweat until I felt alone six years ago. Feeling frumpy, I decided for a total make-over. My passion was fueled. I ran like a maniac and toned up and felt terrific. After three years, I was confident enough to initiate communication with another runner, a cancer survivor, who later became my new husband.

We ran together and built up to 5K’s. He was more passionate about the sport. He set his sight on a marathon. I’ll be his biggest cheerleader.

Life. It can hit you hard. But don’t let stress keep you down. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps and fight back.

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