Our Aging Parents

Foodie Friday: Popsicles Bring Out The Kid In Everyone!

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 3 minutes, 23 seconds
Temperatures at 100° along with high humidity is a dangerous combination for anyone but especially the elderly. So what can help relieve the heat? Popsicles. I remember the excitement generated by the sound of the music coming from the ice cream truck as it rounded the corner. I would run home to plead and beg with mom for money to buy a popsicle; all the kids in the neighborhood...
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Intentional Living Series

Intentional Living Series Week Twenty-Nine: How To Say No

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Intentional Living Series | Read Time: 3 minutes, 4 seconds
"Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best." ~John C. MaxwellWeek 28 looked at 3 ways to get back on track when life starts to feel overwhelming. This week I am going to explore how to say no even when it is a good cause.What does it take to say no? I believe it takes a clear vision of what you want your life to be and to be clear on yo...
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Our Aging Parents

Is A Funeral Optional?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 6 seconds
This past week as I was reading the obituary of the mother of a friend of mine, I started thinking about funerals and the traditions behind them. As I mentioned before my family tends to rely on black humor during times of stress and when asked about the kind of funeral I want when the day comes, I responded that I want an American Indian burial. My vision, whether historically...
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Food & Drink

Foodie Friday: Popcorn, The Perfect Snack

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Food & Drink | Read Time: 2 minutes, 53 seconds
When I was a little girl, my dad would make popcorn as a special treat. He would cover the bottom of Mom's large Revere copper bottom saucepan with oil and yellow kernel popping corn. Dad would then vigorously push the saucepan back and forth over a red-hot electric burner until the popped corn was lifting the lid. Next he poured the popcorn into a large paper grocery bag salting...
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Intentional Living Series Week Twenty-Eight: Getting Back On Track

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Intentional Living Series | Read Time: 2 minutes, 46 seconds
"Don't look where you fall but where you slipped". ~African ProverbIn Week 27 I discussed how to become more energized by changing your scenery. I suggested you stay local but explore a new route to work or try a new restaurant instead of going to your favorite hangout. It is about taking the time to move out of your routine and see where it takes you. This week I am g...
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Our Aging Parents

Is The By-Product Of Experience, Empathy?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Our Aging Parents | Read Time: 2 minutes, 2 seconds
{Early morning at the Lake}Until you personally experience the loss of a parent, the depth of that loss is unknowable. While I was genuinely saddened by the pain my friend’s felt over the death of their parents; I didn’t understand the magnitude of their loss until I experienced it myself. Today when I hear from a friend that their mom or da...
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Food & Drink

Foodie Friday: Snacks You Will Love

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Food & Drink | Read Time: 3 minutes, 38 seconds
 Did you know as we age we lose our sense of taste? I discovered this quite by accident when I was working as a hospice volunteer. The person I was visiting weekly was "Mary", a lovely woman who was residing in a local nursing home. Mary dressed immaculately each day and had her hair professionally done. She would be sitting in the common room in a wheel chair when I...
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