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A Change Of Scenery

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 55 seconds
I am home. After a week in California I returned home to bare tree limbs, mounds of leaves covering the lawn and a renewed enthusiasm for life on the mountain. The time away was glorious. Marty and I hiked the cliffs of Big Sur and the street of San Francisco stopping to enjoy the unique beauty of each place. As we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge, our conversation centered on technology, art a...
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The Importance of Grandparents

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 37 seconds
Yesterday, Joe announced a Biden run for President of the United States was a no go. I was relieved to hear of his decision. It was the right choice for the Biden family and Joe understands that. Joe lost a child when his oldest son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer this past May and my heart breaks for him. The whole family is in the beginning stages of grief that will take months, maybe even years to...
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Why Build Community?

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 44 seconds
I've been thinking and writing about community over the last couple of months. For many of us, our first experience with community is at school. We venture beyond the safety of our family into the greater fellowship of school administrators, teachers, friends and schoolmates. Some of these relationships last a lifetime and some fade away upon graduation. But within the educational community we find...
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Developing InterGenerational Communities

Posted: 5 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 3 seconds
There was a period during the last year of my mother's life when it felt like every time I called her, she was crying. Alarmed, I would ask, what's wrong? Mom would tearfully explain that another member of her Sunday school class had died and would share with me some poignant tidbit about the deceased. The last time we played out this scene, Mom broken-heartedly stated...
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Surround Yourself With Positive People

Posted: 5 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 26 seconds
This past Sunday I volunteered to be a "body marker" for the Ironman Lake Tahoe. I, along with about twenty other volunteers, greeted the athletes at the entrance to the Lake with a marking pen and smile.  As I listened to the words of the volunteers around me, I was touched by how this community was full of goodwill and encouragement. No one talked about how cold the water was or how early th...
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Living The Ironman Life

Posted: 5 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 46 seconds
As I write to you today I am in Lake Tahoe sitting before a warm fire. Yesterday, my son ran his first Ironman and I was in Tahoe to support him and cheer him on as he crossed the finish line. Those of you, who follow this blog, know that this time last year, Matthew was hit by car while training for this very race. He had life threatening injuries that could have resulted in paralysis or death....
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Raised Beds, Flowers And Renewal

Posted: 5 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 39 seconds
A year ago I'd planned to share with you my new garden project, raised herb beds. Unbeknownst to me my whole world would be turned on its ear when my son was hit by a car while training for the Ironman in Lake Tahoe. A year later Matthew has healed from his injuries and the herbs in my kitchen garden are cascading over the sides of the b...
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What Is Community?

Posted: 5 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 57 seconds
A couple of years ago I purchased a Jeep Wranglers. I've wanted a Jeep since before my kids were born but always felt I needed to have a responsible car. But after my mother died, I finally purchased my "dream" car. Unbeknownst to me with the purchase of my little red Jeep, I joined the Jeep "community"; a group that created a tradition of waving to one another as they pass each on opposite sides...
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You Can Make A Difference

Posted: 5 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 33 seconds
I come from a background where it is ones civic duty to be well informed and educated on the “issues” of the day.  Growing up I would read the morning and afternoon newspaper as well as watch Walter Cronkite each evening on CBS.  As I got older I tuned into PBS to watch The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and expanded my reading list to include various magazines like Time and NewsWeek. Today I r...
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