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Facing Loss with Gratitude: “Salute!”

By |2018-12-02T21:24:07-05:00May 30th, 2014|Blog, Relationships|

  My grandparents, Fortunata and Nicholas Pastore, on their wedding day, 1937. It was ironic timing that, during the week Americans celebrate  our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, my great aunt, Mary, passed away.  She was the last of my grandmother's siblings, and part of "The Greatest Generation." Although I hadn't seen my [...]

Pause: Relax for Mother’s Day

By |2018-12-02T21:24:08-05:00May 11th, 2014|Blog, Inspiration Quotes, Relationships, Wellness|

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ...Sir John Lubbock Today is Mother's Day in the United States. It's become a day when I truly take "down [...]

Contemplation & Action after the Polar Vortex

By |2014-03-11T09:57:47-04:00March 6th, 2014|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

I had a conversation with a good friend this morning about contemplation.  Julia and her family used to leave nearby, and currently reside overseas.  Due to this winter's very harsh conditions, Julia and her family are back in town this week to plan the restoration of their local home, which suffered serious water damage after [...]

Simplify for the Holidays and Destress

By |2018-12-02T21:24:10-05:00December 25th, 2013|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

Our 2013 holiday season was topsy turvy.  Earlier that year, hubby and I tried to find a good contractor to refinish some of our hardwood floors. We eventually found a contractor, but he wasn't available until early November.  We were taking a gamble in getting this work done before the holiday season, but no time [...]

Inspirational Quotes

By |2018-12-02T21:24:25-05:00September 14th, 2013|Blog, Inspiration Quotes, Mindfulness, Relationships, Wellness|

Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake. ...Paramahansa Yogananda Most of the important things in the world have been accompanied by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ...Dale Carnegie We know only too well that what [...]

Inspirational Quote for Healthy Relationships

By |2018-12-02T21:24:27-05:00August 21st, 2013|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

I received this quote from my good friend Elizabeth today. Unfortunately, she isn't the person I'm showing you on this page (that's my friend Sal, another dear friend). However, this pic with yet another good friend is meant to show you the joy we should all relish from our friendships - and how such healthy [...]

Setting a Mindset for Vacation

By |2018-12-02T21:24:27-05:00August 1st, 2013|Blog, Relationships, Wellness|

As we prepare for our short Labor Day holiday close to home, it's hard to believe that it's been three years since our family took an extended vacation. This monumental trip was our first official family vacation since we had our girls, and the second in our then 20-year marriage.  Geoff and I live far from [...]