It’s winter in the northern hemisphere. Winter-the cold, dark, rainy, snowy, hibernation season. A season often associated with sadness and loneliness and isolation. UGH. Feelings—they are all in your head and how to make it better—are the focus of my Wednesday blogs this month. Because yeah, I have noticed a change in my moods and my partner’s moods. And because I have noticed some of you suffering from the same downswing in your moods. (This is where I have to put a disclaimer in. I have a tiny bit of training in psychology but I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist. If your feelings are so intense they interfere with your day-to-day life. If you have difficulty keeping a job, eating, sleeping, personal hygiene—you need to learn to help yourself from a professional. Nothing in this blog or on the internet will help you as much. Can’t afford professional help? Ask your county mental health department for suggestions about where you might find professional help at a price you can afford.) When I started researching, I came upon the intriguing phrase, social isolation. Loneliness is a rising mental health concern. A quick google search yielded more than one hundred individual […]
Let’s celebrate this month’s theme of Independence and Liberty and Freedom with fun facts and trivia about America’s patriotic music. Can You Name the Patriotic Song that Matches These Lyrics? 01. “Where the grapes of wrath are stored” 02.“Thru the night with a light” 03.“There’s pride in every American heart” 04.“We fight our country’s battles” 05.“The banner of the western land” 06.“broad stripes and bright stars” 07.“Mind the music and the steps” 08.”A thoroughfare for freedom beat” 09.”Land where my fathers died” 10.“That ribbon of highway” 11.“See what freedom costs in each marble cross” 12.“Silver wings upon their chest” 13.“All is well, Safely rest. God is nigh.” 14.“You’re the emblem of the land I love” 15.“A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam” 16.“When you hear mother freedom start ringin her bell” 17.”Where we dream as big as we want to” 18.”some stood through for the red, white and blue” 19.”I’m out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight” 20.”We’ll rally round the flag, boys” (Answers at the bottom of this post.) The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key was originally a poem based on his observations of the British attack […]
I am grateful for the world in which we live. The blessings that I’ve received this year are many. Sure, I’ve had struggles. I will continue to be challenged and to face new challenges. In a way, I’m grateful for the struggles that I’ve had. As he says in the song, everything is a gift. It’s up to us how we see and use and appreciate (or not) that gift. One of my most precious gifts is you, my loyal readers. Your loyalty, your comments, your gift of your time are so very appreciated. Thank you!