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Gloria.

Aug 29, 2014 by

Today marks the end of an “era” – for the past 5 years Christopher has had a wonderful nanny named Gloria.  I interviewed Gloria when I was still pregnant to join as a nanny for our youngest son Christopher.  She was a wonderful presence in our house from the start.  She taught me how to navigate my way with a newborn and was with me every step of the way, as I went back to work, and as Christopher grew from infant, to toddler, to sweet little boy.  Gloria is from Columbia and is filled with pride, she took her job very seriously and looked at it like a  true professional.  She was always early, walking into our house with a sunny greeting every morning, “Buenos Dias!” we would hear as she came up the...

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Mothers.

Aug 18, 2014 by

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu I am so grateful for my Mother.   She is not perfect, but she is amazing.  She did the best that she could and taught me many great lessons throughout my life.  She is a two time breast cancer survivor.  She is my inspiration. She has led the most interesting life.  She was the youngest girl in a family of 13 children.  Her adventures range from having her first child at the tender age of 18, to joining the Marines, to a career as a dancer and entertainer, to a career as an artist and an art teacher.  She is incredibly creative and talented.  In between all of this – she managed to raise five...

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Thoughts on Human Mortality and Life....

Apr 9, 2014 by

There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal,  a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh,  a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time...

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Research on Sugar’s link to Cancer...

Apr 8, 2014 by

Sugar feeds cancer – excerpt taken from Sherry Brescia at Holistic Brands Consistently elevated levels of blood sugar causes repeated releases of insulin from the pancreas, and if blood sugar and insulin levels remain elevated for a long time, it can lead to inflammation.  Tumor cells use this inflammation as a signal to multiply—and that especially includes malignant tumors.  In a September 2013 study from the University of Copenhagen, researchers found sugar molecules to be assisting in the growth of malignant cells by binding to them in a process called glycosylation. In addition, sugar also feeds the harmful bacteria in your gut and can cause them to overcome your friendly bacteria.  When this happens, your immune system (70% of which reside in your gut flora) is greatly hampered.  Your immune system protects you against...

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My Father’s favorite poem, words of wisdom through the ages....

Feb 25, 2014 by

The Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what...

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Clear.

Feb 18, 2014 by

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn What a difference a year makes…..a year ago at this time, I was on vacation in Breckenridge with my family, teaching our youngest son Christopher to ski and catching up with old friends when I got the call from my Doctor that there was a “suspicious shadow” on my mammogram.  As I pushed the terrible fear out of my mind to try to enjoy the last days of my vacation, I had no idea what was in store for...

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Topping off the year…..

Feb 2, 2014 by

Did I mention that between all the commotion of Christmas and Christmas Eve, I was pouring a glass of wine from one of those big party bottles for Sissy/Nana and myself before dinner and it slipped out of my hand – as I tried to catch the bottle from falling I bent my left pinkie finger back.  It hurt, but maybe my tolerance for pain is much higher after having a baby and fighting cancer.  The craziest thing is that my finger was stuck in the bent back position! DJ and Sissy, God love them, thought it was dislocated and “offered” to put it back into place for me!  I figured that was NOT a good idea and decided to tape it to my ring finger and ice it for the night. The next morning...

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Christmas Day.

Feb 1, 2014 by

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~Burton Hillis Day two of our blended family Christmas celebration. The kids woke at our house and waited at the top of the stairs while we called the rest of the family to come over.  Once Courtney, Mac, Nana, Leslie, Bobby, Ed and Ann all got to our house, we let the kids come down and see their presents under the tree.  As much as Sam and Connor don’t believe in Santa anymore, they are happy to keep the magic alive for their little brother.  As they tore down the stairs together you could hear Christopher squealing with delight the whole way. We had a cozy and lazy morning by the fire with...

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My Birthday.

Feb 1, 2014 by

My birthday is Christmas Eve, which always causes both celebration and reflection for me.  Birthdays are a milestone that bring joy and memories of so many birthdays past.  As I mentioned, when I was born, my Grandparents started a tradition of celebrating my “half” birthday as well.   They didn’t want my special day to be overshadowed by the holiday.  At church, for Christmas Mass, when I was a child my Mom would always embarrass me and say to the Priest, say Happy Birthday to her! As I grew into adulthood some still celebrated my half birthday, thank you, Chris Cotteleer. As life went on that tradition faded, though I still try to remember my niece Paige’s half birthday on June 23rd and Samantha and Connor’s on the 30th and 21st. I like to make...

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The Christmas Season.

Feb 1, 2014 by

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. Peace on Earth, good will to men, kind thoughts and words of cheer, are things we should use often and not just once a year.” – Norman Wesley Brooks Christmas time, this year so much to be grateful for…….but as my energy level, life and business travel pick up – I am still tired and need to protect my energy and pace myself through the holiday rush. I had a Board Meeting and a business trip the week before Christmas.  I had to fly to Chicago on December 18th, have a bunch of meetings,...

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Thanksgiving.

Dec 2, 2013 by

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence  of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. – Alan Cohen This year, on Thanksgiving, as I reflect back on a very tumultuous year, terrible back pain/injury and then breast cancer…..I am so grateful for my life.  Grateful to be here today to write this post, for an amazing surgeon who caught my cancer early and moved quickly towards a plan of action and a cure.  I’m so thankful to ALL of the medical professionals who played a part in my healing, my family who was there for me every step of the way, and friends and neighbors who lifted me up when I needed it most.  For all the love in my life…..Thank you.  God bless you all...

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My Brother, John.

Dec 1, 2013 by

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to  them.  – Desmond Tutu John is ten years older than me, and since I was a young child he has always been someone that I admired and looked up to.   He was the big brother who took care of me, protected me and teased me non-stop.  He is a rare individual, deeply spiritual, incredibly talented – the strong and silent type.  Very striking with deep, dark brown eyes, long dark hair and a charming smile that lights up his face.  People are drawn to him, he is wise, kind and has a very calming presence about him. Add in a goofy sense of humor and you’ve got a dynamic combination that will charm anyone who meets him. He is a brilliant...

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