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The Power of a Connected Neighborhood

Nextdoor.com is a private social network allowing neighbors to create private neighborhood websites where they can get to know one another, ask questions, exchange local advice and recommendations, and organize virtual neighborhood watches to reduce crime. The following is a true story, and a great example of how connecting with your neighbors can create a caring, compassionate community – especially […]

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Miles to Memories: Storytelling and Family Road Trips

Growing up, my family was always spending time in the car. Soccer practice, dance class, school–it seemed that we were always on the road. When it came to vacations, it wasn’t much different. With a family of six and my dad’s fear of flying, the traditional road trip constantly presented itself as the most logical option. To some, the idea […]

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Putting Pain in the Past: Palliative Care

Several years ago, I met a young woman (I will call her Catherine) who received a new diagnosis of leukemia. Not surprisingly, she and her family were overwhelmed with the news. She had always been so healthy. While her illness was serious, she was actively in treatment and had every hope for recovery. At the same time, she was exhausted […]

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Coolin’ Off with Healthier Homemade Popsicles

Summer days are supposed to be filled with swimming, sunscreen and of course–ice cream! But before you reach for the ice cream scoop, consider making your own popsicles at home. They’re not only healthier, but they taste far better than anything you can buy at the store. Why make your own popsicles? There are a few reasons: You know exactly […]

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Breast Cancer? Keep Laughing.

In my first post, Laughing at My Cancer, I talked about my use of a humor as a coping mechanism when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s one thing to maintain a sense of humor while the disease is still an abstract concept, but what about when all the gears start moving? The beauty of using humor is that […]

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