Letters of Appreciation Catch Up

Letters of Appreciation Catch Up

I’ve been writing my letters, just not getting them on here.  Last night I took a picture of the four I’ve written over the last several days. Mr. Chris.  Do you know Mr. Chris, the special education from Florida? You can watch this and follow these kids on Facebook.  This is what the world and exactly what these kids need.  I wrote him a letter telling him that I wished we lived in Florida 🙂 Thich Nhat Hanh.  I’ve talked…

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Letters of Appreciation- Gov. John Kasich and Rep. David Joyce

Letters of Appreciation- Gov. John Kasich and Rep. David Joyce

I’ve written to a few politicians already who I overwhelmingly agree with, but that can’t be where political activism stops. Too often people vote strictly along party lines – even when they know nothing about the candidate.  I know at times I’ve been guilty of this, although to be fair there has never been any election that I haven’t voted for candidates of both parties.  I do most often vote for Democrats or Independents, but that doesn’t mean I don’t vote…

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Letters of Appreciation – Stephen King & Judith McNaught

Letters of Appreciation – Stephen King & Judith McNaught

I chose to write to two authors this time around.  Judith McNaught has always been my favorite romance writer.  I discovered her as a teenager and over the years have read all over her books at least once and quite a few multiple times.  She made me fall in love with romances, especially historicals.  She hasn’t written a book in years but I wanted to let her know that her books touch me still.  I need to find the time…

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Letters of Appreciation – Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker

Letters of Appreciation – Sherrod Brown and Cory Booker

“Young people have been at the forefront of every great social movement in our country’s history.”  Sherrod Brown Last night I wrote to a Senator from New Jersey because he speaks so eloquently for the disenfranchised and this morning I wrote to one of my Ohio Senators to thank him for fighting the  good fight and to let him know I was behind him.  I went to a cocktail party of like-minded women last night, about 15 of us, and…

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Letters of Appreciation – Dan Rather

Letters of Appreciation – Dan Rather

Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe In November, after the election, Dan Rather’s Facebook postings kept many, including me, somewhat sane.  He spoke the truth, but always left me (and over 2 million others) with a feeling that everything’s gonna be okay.  It’s a difficult tightrope and I appreciate the rational and measured response to the daily happenings in Washington.  Apparently, I am not the only one who feel this…

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Letters of Appreciation – Dr. Temple Grandin

Letters of Appreciation – Dr. Temple Grandin

And none will hear the postman’s knock Without a quickening of the heart. For who can bear to feel himself forgotten? ~W.H. Auden Dear Temple I’m writing to you today, on National Autism Awareness Day, to thank you for being a beacon of light for parents with children on the spectrum.  When can tell them about your struggles and  accomplishments and how they too can change the world…. Choosing to write to Temple today was a no-brainer.  Jason and I…

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Letters of Appreciation – Loganberry Books

Letters of Appreciation – Loganberry Books

Last summer when Jason and I were brainstorming about some of the 30 day challenges we might try I added write to an elected official to my list.  Well, the joke’s on me since I have written, typed, and called elected officials several days each week since the beginning of January.  Only it’s hard and it’s depressing.  I won’t stop, but it’s not something I do because I enjoy it.  So, I thought back to my one word that I…

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Relaxation Challenge – The Stress-Free Finish Line

Relaxation Challenge – The Stress-Free Finish Line

Unfortunately, my stress free month has ended.  This challenge proved more beneficial and insightful than I expected.  If you find yourself getting stressed out too often, here’s my recommendation.  Like anything, you’ve got to have a plan.  The most important thing is keeping track of what triggers your stress by keeping a journal and recording what contributes to your anxiety.  You might discover, like I did, that certain tasks in your daily routine contribute to stress.  Once you understand the…

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Relaxation Challenge – Almost Halfway

Relaxation Challenge – Almost Halfway

Alright I’m almost 2 weeks into my stress reduction month and I’ve definitely made some progress.   I think the most important thing I’ve done has been keeping data by maintaining a stress journal.   It helped me discover what events triggered additional stress and the times of the day that meditation can provide the most benefit.   On the other hand, some things that I thought might help like driving in the slow lane probably caused as much stress as it prevented.  …

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Why no challenge this month?

Why no challenge this month?

I wish I could say that after my fail last month that I picked myself up and kicked butt this month.  That did not happen.  I was pretty sick for 3 full weeks and I still have a chesty cough.  Yesterday was the first day that I really thought I was better and that was day 8 of antibiotics for a sinus infection that made my face hurt for days. My plan was to do a different exercise video every…

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