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Christmas in July

Christmas in July by Terry Minion

I often sing Jingle Bells in July and celebrate holidays whenever I want. I see no need to wait until there is majority agreement on a date to celebrate something. It’s so much fun to make my own celebration dates. I like living in the present. There

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Is the World you’re Looking at See-Worthy?

Yesterday was a fascinating day. I got up feeling “off.” As I moved through my morning, I felt more off. As I was recognizing the negative feeling within me, I wanted to feel better. So I began trying to find better feeling thoughts, yet this off-feeling was

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Wasismaybe.!?

Wasismaybe.!? December. Oh the holiday spirit, cooler weather, fire in the fireplace, children’s faces aglow in anticipation. It can be a very joyous time of the year if you’re in the right place at the right time in the right frame of mind, or at least on the

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Senior Isolation During the Holidays

About one in five seniors reports being isolated, said Dallas Jamison, a spokeswoman for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Tens of millions of adults are chronically lonely, and a growing body of research has linked that isolation to disability, cognitive decline, and early death.

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Don’t Let Go: Suicide Prevention and The Elderly

Of the total number of deaths by suicide in 2014 (42,773), almost 18% or 7,693 people were 65 years of age and older. When I ask people in the community, which population of people have the highest rates of suicide, the answer is always the same:  Young

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Calmness

Calmness of Wisdom - Terry Minion - BOOM

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.— James Allen It was common in so many different parts of my life to want to be somewhere else. When I was a young boy, I wanted to be a teenager, and then while a teenager,

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Aging with Choices

By Melanie Richardson, Senior Resource Specialist Imagine living to the ripe old age of 90 and still have all of your major faculties intact.  You can still read the small print on the newspaper without a magnifying glass.  You can take your dogs for a walk to

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May is Mental Health Month: Help Reduce Stigma

May is Mental Health Month: Help Reduce Stigma

By Dr. Mark Fry, Ph.D, PEAS Psychologist Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personality trait that’s thought to be, or actually may be, a disadvantage.  Unfortunately, negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have a mental

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Tips to Start Thinking About Meditation

Meditation

NO MATTER WHAT! Most people who do not meditate regularly believe that everything else is more important than taking the time to meditate. That simply is not true. Once you have enjoyed the many benefits of a regular (daily) meditation practice, you will find everything else gets

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Aging With Choices

Aging With Choices - Loneliness, Depression

with Melanie Richardson, Senior Resource Specialist My grandmother Georgia had a neighbor named Nadia who we rarely ever saw outside of her home, except when she would schlep out in her housecoat in the middle of the day to collect her mail.  Grandma used to say that Nadia

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