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Embracing Family Traditions

In our world full of chaos, confusion and change, few things are as comforting to us as adults and to our children than the consistency of treasured family traditions. When holiday gatherings are filled with children’s comments like, “Oh, I

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Storage Bins

Winter clothes out – summer clothes in. Thanksgiving decorations out – Halloween decorations in. As seasons come and go, I pack and unpack my storage bins. After each holiday I trade out my holiday stuff. I re-sort, organize, and thin

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Kora’s Burden

Yesterday, I helped out in a pre-school class. It was exhausting but exhilarating at the same time.  The teachers were well prepared, the room was colorful and inviting and it filled up quickly with kid craziness. In no time, the

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Lessons From Trees

We live in the woods. Each spring, as our snow melts, we assess the winter wear on our trees. Some have fallen, others, snap in half, some die, new trees sprout, but most stand strong and true, strengthened by the

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Let Go!

And they did! We all did. At a life changing, memorable bariatric conference, we all let go. Each one of us, having done some soul searching and personal reflection, selected one thing that was holding us back, dragging us down,

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Riptides

For those of you who have had the opportunity to swim in the ocean, you likely can recall what it feels like be managed and controlled by the ocean’s powerful, relentless forces. Standing near the shore, waves crash against you

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Firm Foundations?

Build it: Excited about our new adventure of building our log home. we watched as skilled workmen with heavy equipment carved up the mountainside and excavated our foundation. Then one day, everything, and I mean everything came to a halt!

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Clearing The Cobwebs

As bizarre as it may sound, each spring we clean our home with a leaf blower! Yes, the garden tool. At first, I thought my husband Roger was crazy, but he was right. It’s messy, but effective. We live in

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Everyday weight management tricks used by successful WLS Veterans

Successful long term weight management for bariatric patients takes an extraordinary amount of commitment and discipline. I am 27 years post op this year and I must say – It’s awesome out here – meaning life beyond surgery, recovery, and

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Why and How I Intermittent Fast

I love food! You? And there are some things I am not willing to sacrifice. Baking and eating cookies with my grandkids, my husband’s homemade bread topped with my daughters peach jam, and my grandmother’s clam chowder on Halloween. We

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