What a Wonder at the Window: Santa’s Gift to the Nature Lover

By: Martianne Stanger “Come! Come!” called the excited cries of a child, beckoning us to the window where feathered friends had finally found and started to use the Wild Birds of Joy window birdfeeder that one of my children got for Christmas. Thereupon, so many giggles and grins ensued as we witnessed what we imagined … More What a Wonder at the Window: Santa’s Gift to the Nature Lover

Traditions Change … But Happy Everything!

By: Sandy Churchill I love Halloween! I love Thanksgiving! I love Christmas! I love Easter! I love the Fourth of July! As you can surmise, I am one of those folks who gets excited about any reason to celebrate—to get together with family and friends, craft, cook, converse, and do myriad seasonal things that comprise … More Traditions Change … But Happy Everything!

This Hack Could Save You Money on Your Water Bill

By: Cheryl Maguire “Are you kidding me??” That was my reaction after opening our water bill. The amount was $700 MORE than the normal average amount. My first call was to the town water company assuming it must be some sort of mistake. “What is your address?” I rattled off my address, including the town, … More This Hack Could Save You Money on Your Water Bill

Pain Awareness Month with the American Chronic Pain Association

By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT OCS PCES, Pelvic Health PT Chronic pain is one of those complex experiences that science still has to completely unravel. The perception and treatment of chronic pain has changed dramatically over the past few decades. This paradigm shift occurred when neuroscientists, and subsequently health care practitioners, began to see and treat … More Pain Awareness Month with the American Chronic Pain Association

Let Your Child’s Latest Passion Prompt Time Together 

By: Martianne Stanger  Helmet on. Excitement stoked. New obstacles ready to be conquered.  Love, caution, yet encouragement pouring out.  This has been my husband. “You did it!”  This has been me shouting out about my son’s victory while snapping photos of his bike and skateboard exploits.  Honestly, I never thought I’d be one to hang at skate … More Let Your Child’s Latest Passion Prompt Time Together 

Surviving Divorce: How to Prepare For The Road Ahead

By: Cheryl Maguire When PeggySue Wells’ husband walked out on her, she looked at her six children’s face’s and wondered, How did this happen? So many other questions ran through her mind. Could I ease their pain? What do I do now? Will my children be permanently damaged? Can I provide all that my family needs? Wells was able to move … More Surviving Divorce: How to Prepare For The Road Ahead

The Stunning, Absolutely Brilliant, Freaking Glorious Hole in My Resume

By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT Recently I came across a post in social media narrating an incident involving a woman who returned to work after a one year gap and was turned down for an interview by HR, citing the gap and questioning her ability (or deterioration thereof) because of said gap. Now stuff like this … More The Stunning, Absolutely Brilliant, Freaking Glorious Hole in My Resume

Why Would You Go to a Funeral of Someone You Never Knew in Life

By: Martianne Stanger This past year, my children and I did an odd thing: We went to the funeral of someone we never knew when she was living. Being 2020, it was just a quick, socially-distant, outside, graveside service. In fact, it took us longer to get to than it did to honor and pray … More Why Would You Go to a Funeral of Someone You Never Knew in Life

A Gardener of Hearts and Souls

By: Sandra L. Churchill Summer is abloom with bubblegum petunias, Shasta daisies, sweet roses, and wild lavender. Gardeners everywhere bend on soil-stained knees, patiently attending to blossoms and vegetables alike, nurturing their tender leaves and stems to vibrant, dewy verdure. But in recent weeks, I have been pondering the possibility that not all gardeners raise … More A Gardener of Hearts and Souls

Zombie Mom Walking

By: Cheryl Maguire “Do you want to go for a walk?” That was the gajillionth (yes that’s a real word, at least according to Urban Dictionary) time one of my 16 year old daughter asked me that question, and it was only two months into the pandemic. Everyone in our neighborhood was doing the same … More Zombie Mom Walking

Let the Swiss Family Robinson Inspire Your Summer

By: Martianne Stanger  Summer time. Adventure. Magical moments.  These things just seem to go together don’t they?  Add a little inspiration into the mix, and the delight of longer summer days only grows.  Case in point for our family was the summer of 2014, which I also call our Swiss Family Robinson summer.  No, our family was … More Let the Swiss Family Robinson Inspire Your Summer

What’s One of the Most Important Things to Teach Your Children?

By: Martianne Stanger As a long-time homeschooler, people often ask me what I think is one of the most important things to teach children. Without question, a term I borrowed years ago from Montessori-style schooling is my answer: Practical LIfe Skills! The one thing I am the most happy that I continue to teach my … More What’s One of the Most Important Things to Teach Your Children?

Raising Leaders

By: Dr. Tanvi Maharaja “… and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Leadership comes naturally to some, while others need a little honing of skills, and some have talents that are best nurtured through following in the lead of a strong hand and a discerning eye. The world as we see it today definitely needs … More Raising Leaders

You’ve Got Mail!

By: Sandra L. Churchill Call it the Pride and Prejudice-loving, timeless romantic in me, but there is nothing so endearing and charming as a hand-written letter. A note of encouragement, get-well card, or just-because friendship letter, thoughtfully penned and snail-mailed, is such a testament from one human to another that he or she matters. The … More You’ve Got Mail!

My Dear Aunt Mimi

By: Cheryl Maguire Everyone wishes they had an Aunt Mimi. Somehow, I was lucky enough to have one. She was the type of aunt that would not only attend all your major life events, like your graduation and wedding, but did so donning a pantsuit, long before Hilary Clinton inspired #PantsuitNation. She even wore one … More My Dear Aunt Mimi

Grieving First, Then Embracing Hope

By: Sandy Churchill What do playgrounds, coffee shops, graduations, First Communions, funerals, and birthday parties have in common? For our family, these represent losses or changes during Covid. This year alone, there were funerals we had to attend “virtually,” along with both bridal and baby showers, and several landmark occasions were either postponed or canceled. … More Grieving First, Then Embracing Hope

Unsubscribe Me

By: Cheryl Maguire My mom deemed the Internet useless back in the early 2000s when it became mainstream. Like other new technology, she resisted it. I knew she would love a digital camera, but she refused to buy one, insisting her camera worked fine. Since she wouldn’t buy a camera, I gave her one as … More Unsubscribe Me

Inertia: Beyond Physics

By: Dr Tanvi Maharaja, PT DPT  | Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy   In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published Principia, heralding the dawn of classical physics. Herein, he described the laws of motion, the first being: An object at rest will remain at rest and an object in motion will remain in motion with the same speed and in the … More Inertia: Beyond Physics