Light up the Holidays

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Our Christmas gift to the community is ready to be unwrapped. The day after Thanksgiving as is tradition, our home in Marion was illuminated. While the pandemic has stolen many things from us this past year, the Griswold Lighting Tradition is not one of them.

Each evening between now and New Year’s Day, our house will be brightly and festively lit with music accompanying the dancing lights.

And to be perfectly clear and transparent, my sole role in this holiday tradition is ...

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Being Thankful

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As we gather around the dinner table this Thanksgiving let us truly be thankful for all the blessings we have been given.

I realize the dinner table may look different this year as the pandemic has caused many to reduce the number of place settings at their annual dinner. So, let us not focus on who we cannot be with in person, however, instead, how we can still creatively connect with those loved ones. And as we connect with our loved ...

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Reclaim your Power: Build a Healthy Immune System

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have spent a significant amount of time thinking about how to build a healthy immune system for everyone in my family.  I recently found an article from Plant Based News out of London that provided an excellent and easy list that I’ve paraphrased here:

  1. Eat a plant based diet—at our house we call it a Plant Strong diet because not everyone is all in (basically, eat your veggies folks).
  2. Exercise—30 minutes of purposeful exercise per day that ...
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Brave Space

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Recently my son, Will, who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant had a full on come apart over a burrito at dinner. He became completely overwhelmed by the swirling of emotions inside and finally there was no more space for them—those emotions had to come out. I reached across the table and placed my hand on his arm for comfort and just sat with him as he purged. His body quickly calmed and relaxed as it embraced the relief ...

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Hope Starts With Me

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Hope Starts With Me. That is the campaign theme for Hands of Hope this October as we focus on breaking the cycle of domestic violence. It is so incredibly important in this time of uncertainty and often time’s chaos, that we provide a sense of hope.

When we provide hope for someone living in a world of violence, we can begin to show them there is another way. There is the ability to not be physically, sexually, emotionally, verbally, financially or ...

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A Game You Can Win

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I was listening to a podcast while walking my dogs on a cool morning in the country and something the guest said stopped me in my tracks and I felt it was worth sharing.

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday and not to the other people in your life today. That’s a game you can win.”

I spent the rest of my walk thinking about how often I get side tracked comparing myself to others in everything from retirement savings, to ...

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Keep It Interesting

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My husband and I have spent more time apart than together in the last two years as we navigated the cancer care journey with our son, Will.  Living in separate states and relegated to FaceTime calls that provided a brief glimpse at our circumstances was our forced existence.  That distance, even with the best of care, wears on a marriage and Mike and I have found ourselves out of sync as I try to reinsert myself into the family unit ...

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Make the Days Count

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I have found myself wishing away 2020 more times than not as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 and all the limitations that is has created.

Ironically, my oldest daughter created a poignant sign on her message board: “Don’t Count the days, make the days count”.

It caused me to pause and rethink my actions of 2020.

Instead of continuing to count the days until this pandemic is over, I am trying to find those small positives in each of my days. I ...

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Finding Control in the Uncontrollable

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As I’m writing this the global COVID-19 pandemic rages on and the United States is suffering losses of 1000 people per day.  These people are not just statistics.  They are members of families and communities who were overtaken by a virus our scientists and medical professionals continue to learn about as we seek therapeutic treatments as well as a vaccine.  At times I have felt particularly out of control and while not fearful, definitely a sense of overwhelm—partially from the ...

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Moving on with Strength

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I am in awe of the capacity the late United States Representative John Lewis had to forgive. I will admit I had no idea the depth of his personal suffrage until recently.

As Lewis’ life has been memorialized, I was especially taken by the fact Lewis was nearly beaten to death as part of a march for civil rights on May 4, 1961 in Rock Hill, South Carolina and then beaten again on March 7, 1965, suffering a fractured skull in ...

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