Category Archives: Personal stories

An Awesome Type of Philanthropy: Self-Care

At the beginning of September, I decided to give myself an early birthday present. It would be a four-day silent meditation retreat. The retreat itself was actually 10 days long, but I could not take that much time off from … Continue reading

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day: September 26

I was contacted by Heather Von St. James, who told me she was a mesothelioma survivor and that she was trying to raise awareness of this little known cancer, which is caused by exposure to asbestos. It’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day … Continue reading

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National Book Lovers Day is Today!

Apparently today, Friday, August 9, is national book lover’s day. I guess that means we are supposed to just sit back and read a book? Today I just finished The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. I gave it a 3.5 stars on Goodreads. … Continue reading

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Positive Parenting: An Inspiring Method

A friend shared this great article about a unique way of getting your kid to be kind and helpful and to recognize those actions in themselves and in others. I feel like I get into this rut when it comes … Continue reading

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Working at FamilyWorks

Today was my first day at my new job at FamilyWorks! I have been hired as the volunteer coordinator of this cool nonprofit, whose mission is to “nourish and strengthen individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources, and community.” … Continue reading

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The 40-Something Implantee: Part 3

I’m grumpy. I haven’t really heard in three days, since I have been activated. That means I have been relying entirely on lipreading this whole time. Which further means I am exhausted and therefore, irritable. Can’t blame mid-life hormones on this … Continue reading

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The 40-Something Implantee: Part 2

My Pre-Op Appointment A few weeks after I made the decision about the surgery date, I was scheduled to see the nurse for my shot, the surgeon (again), and the pre-anesthesia folks. I had to get a meningitis shot– people … Continue reading

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