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Mindful Monday: Peace

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.  Buddha We are living in conflictual times. Health concerns, political and societal unrest, perhaps financial uncertainty all impact the conflict that so many of us are struggling with. Last week as I was standing in line to cast my absentee ballot, people around me began talking about the illusiveness of peace and how difficult the pandemic … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Peace

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We Can Help: Resources from Living Beyond Breast Cancer

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. As the National Breast Cancer Foundation says on their website, “2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes … Continue reading We Can Help: Resources from Living Beyond Breast Cancer

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Remembering with Gratitude

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer For those who come to Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, we encounter each other in a wide variety of ways: as patients, family members, staff, colleagues, … Continue reading Remembering with Gratitude

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“I don’t know what to tell my kids”

Families with young children, teens, or even adult children, often are concerned about how their children will react to a diagnosis and treatment of cancer in a family member. That is understandable, for our responsibility as parents is to serve our children’s emotional and physical needs. We shelter, nourish, protect, and care for our children as they grow and develop. So, when faced with a … Continue reading “I don’t know what to tell my kids”

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Mindful Monday The Peace of Wild Things

Through the ages, poetry slips in and expresses places hidden inside our hearts. In doing so, new pathways burst forth. Plato once wrote, “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history”. And later, Samuel Beckett penned, “Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity”. Poems are found in the sacred writings of virtually all of the major religions of the world. Poetry helps to … Continue reading Mindful Monday The Peace of Wild Things

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Butternut Squash and Macaroni Casserole

As we move into fall, grocery stores and farmer’s markets are moving beautiful, health filled butternut squash to their produce sections!  I am a huge soup fan, and love butternut squash soup. (That is a recipe for another post!)  When I saw this recipe from our nutritionists, I realize this also  is a perfect fall recipe for those of us who also love, love, love … Continue reading Butternut Squash and Macaroni Casserole

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Mindful Monday: reflections

Life can be challenging: Unexpected trials, upended plans, suspended dreams, bodies we suddenly can’t trust, needs that seem engulfing, skills that just come up short. Do you relate? Mindboggling as it is, somehow it just helps to know that others can feel the same. Equally as staggering a thought is that somehow, during our times of challenge: We learn new things, we see new entities … Continue reading Mindful Monday: reflections

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Mindful Monday: Begin each day…

Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Begin each day with a grateful heart.~ Abraham Heschel The above quote is one I have above my bathroom mirror. It has known many homes since I first put it up in 1976. Always, it lifts me. … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Begin each day…

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Mindful Monday: About our labor!

Today as we collectively celebrate the end of summer with memories of Labor Day festivities (assuming we are all being wise about those public gatherings during this pandemic era!) and our creative ways to honor this day, may we simply take a few moments to spend in gratitude for: The works of our ancestors whose labor helped pave the way for each of us. The … Continue reading Mindful Monday: About our labor!

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Back-to-school supports for your family

Back-to-school supports for your family I so loved “back to school” time, both as a kid and as a parent. There is simply something exhilarating about a clean slate, a new start, and new learning. I loved the smell of fresh paper, crayons, pens, pencils. Perhaps a new backpack and lunchbox. And, always, I wore something new to me that first day (we did a … Continue reading Back-to-school supports for your family