Archive for January 2017

Engagement Means Connecting with Patients Beyond The Clinic

While watching The Freedom Writers with my teenagers the other night, we bonded over commonality.  Dialogue opened up about teachers that have inspired us, teachers that have annoyed us, systems that have failed and people that have prevailed.  It was a good cinema choice for a chilly winter evening. What became so clear in the... Read more »

Collaboration is the Key to a Mutually Beneficial, Long Term Relationship

  Kyle stopped at the local coffee shop on his way to work one snowy winter morning after running out of his flavored grounds. While taking an opportunity to treat himself he noticed a man wearing a familiar hat just ahead of him in line.  Tipping his head to see the side of the fedora,... Read more »

Why I Journey... Why I Rally... Why I March

I am not one to embark on long journeys, early on a Saturday morning… but this day was different. Pulled out of my comfort zone, my friend invited my daughter and I to join her at the Women’s March  in Chicago. Assuming my daughter would refuse, I planned to use that as my excuse not... Read more »

Ringing In the New Year With Bumpers For All

Time Log:  Year:  2017/ Day:  1/   Mantra Learned:  Bumpers For ALL! As a family we rang in 2017 in our new home, in a new city, in the new state that we now reside.  Spirits were high although exhausted from the move.  Kids appeared to be acclimating well and we were anxious to explore... Read more »

Who Does The Winding Staircase Benefit?

My friend  just booked a respite stay for her mom.  She is a mother of two young boys and full time caregiver to her aging mom.  Recently my friend renovated her home to accommodate her mom who was downsizing out of her own apartment.  She redesigned their den into a 1st floor bedroom with an... Read more »

Decorative Pillows And Function Over Form

I love decorative pillows.  I desperately want my home life to resemble those seen in magazines that look perfectly put together, inviting and clean.  For years I have used a total of 11 pillows on my bed to achieve ideal satisfaction.  I use two at night, my husband uses three.  The rest go on my... Read more »

Blindly Trusting To Gain Security

A few years back my husband and I took our three kids canoeing in southern Illinois. The wooden seats were damp with dew and the floor of each canoe held droplets of water from the previous boaters. The kids quickly acclimated to the fishy door as they leaned over to glance at the dark murky... Read more »