General

What's The Real Cause Of Caregiver Stress?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: General | Read Time: 2 minutes, 13 seconds
{Maine}This June it will be one year since my mother died. As I have opened up about the final years of her life, others have shared with me the difficult journey they are on with their aging parents. I watch as one-by-one my friends and extended family are being initiated into a club none of them wanted to join. They work to be kind and loving ch...
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Family & Relationships

Nursing Homes: A Blessing or a Curse?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 3 minutes, 10 seconds
{Rock Stacks in Maine}How do you respond when asked if the glass is half empty or half full? The answer to this question is a popular culture personality test. If you respond by declaring it to be half full then you're an optimist and if you say half empty you're a pessimist. Of course with most tests in life, I make them more complicated than o...
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Intentional Living Series

Intentional Living Series Week Twenty-Three: Cause and Effect

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Intentional Living Series | Read Time: 2 minutes, 49 seconds
"If you want to understand the causes that existed in the past, look at the results as they are manifested in the present. And if you want to understand what results will be manifested in the future, look at the causes that exist in the present." ~Buddhist sutraWeek 22 was about the benefit of doing one thing at a time; in Week 23 I will explore cause and effect and how...
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Family & Relationships

Mothers, Memories and Food: Savoring The Past

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Family & Relationships | Read Time: 2 minutes, 31 seconds
{Mom's Coconut Pound Cake}A coveted belonging of my mother's was her recipe box. During the last years of her life, my mom misplaced it and we thought it was gone forever. My sister and I were delighted to find it when we were cleaning out the garage...why it was there, neither one of us could figure out but we were pleased to have the treasure tr...
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Life Management

Can You Have Too Many Choices In Life?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
Like many people in the United States, I went through an Ayn Rand period. I read everything she wrote and to this day consider The Fountainhead one of my favorite books. Yes, others may consider Atlas Shrugged her masterpiece but I contend that one of the most romantic literary heroes ever penned was Howard Roark. Who wouldn't want to emulate him...the morally centered artistic g...
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Rest & Relaxation

How Do You Know It's Really Spring?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 1 minute, 7 seconds
For months I have eagerly waited for spring because I wanted to share the beauty of this tulip garden with you. In April and May it is a fantastical nook of color and fanciful clusters of tulips, tucked between two building on 89th Street. It is also my official bellwether for spring. When the tulips bloom in the West Side Community Garden, I know spring has officially arrived. T...
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Health & Body

What Do Our Shoes Say About Us?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Health & Body | Read Time: 2 minutes, 59 seconds
{My worn, paint splattered OOGOS}The first winter I moved to the house at the Lake in New York, I headed to the car one icy winter morning in a pair of high heels. I got half way to the  car when I started to slip and slide over our stone walkway. From a distance I am sure I was an amusing sight as I mimicked a rubber legged ice skater trying...
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Intentional Living Series

Intentional Living Series Week Twenty Two: One Thing At A Time

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Intentional Living Series | Read Time: 2 minutes, 27 seconds
"Often he who does too much does too little." ~Italian ProverbIn week 21 I wrote about how to energize your decision making process through physical activity when overcoming Cognitive Gridlock. In week 21, I will discuss the benefit of "doing one thing at a time". What does it mean to do one thing at a time?  W...
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Life Management

TV: Garbage In Garbage Out?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 3 minutes, 1 second
I love TV.  I have since I was a little kid when my brother and I woke up early Saturday mornings to watch the test pattern. We were glued to the TV until noon as Sky King, Hopalong Cassidy and Have Gun Will Travel entertained us and taught us life lessons while our parents slept. After college I became a Switcher for our local ABC affiliate st...
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