Mindfulness is truly something that everyone should practice at least once in awhile…it is in a word and ‘awesome’ experience. The following is an excerpt from a piece in the New York Times. Mindfully enjoy it…

TRY this: place a forkful of food in your mouth. It doesn’t matter what the food is, but make it something you love — let’s say it’s that first nibble from three hot, fragrant, perfectly cooked ravioli.

Consider These

O.K., so you don’t happen to live in a Buddhist monastery. You can still give mindful eating a spin by incorporating a few chilled-out gestures and rituals into your regular calorie intake.

WHEN YOU EAT, JUST EAT. Unplug the electronica. For now, at least, focus on the food.

CONSIDER SILENCE. Avoiding chatter for 30 minutes might be impossible in some families, especially with young children, but specialists suggest that greenhorns start with short periods of quiet.

TRY IT WEEKLY. Sometimes there’s no way to avoid wolfing down onion rings in your cubicle. But if you set aside one sit-down meal a week as an experiment in mindfulness, the insights may influence everything else you do.

PLANT A GARDEN, AND COOK. Anything that reconnects you with the process of creating food will magnify your mindfulness.

CHEW PATIENTLY. It’s not easy, but try to slow down, aiming for 25 to 30 chews for each mouthful.

USE FLOWERS AND CANDLES. Put them on the table before dinner. Rituals that create a serene environment help foster what one advocate calls “that moment of gratitude.”

FIND A BUDDHIST CONGREGATION where the members invite people in for a day of mindfulness. For New Yorkers, it’s an easy drive to the Blue Cliff Monastery, about 90 minutes north of the city: bluecliffmonastery.org/ on the Web.

via Mindful Eating as Way to Fight Bingeing – NYTimes.com.

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Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting suffers miscarriage – latimes.com

Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting suffers miscarriage – latimes.com.

Apparently, there have been many comments on social media sites about Michelle Duggar’s miscarriage and….

many of them have not been sensitive to a mother who has just lost a baby in utero.

I find this so sad that people have to air their feelings about the Duggars’ large family during a time of loss and grieving.

The loss of a baby in utero is very sad and overwhelming…and parents especially mom needs time to grieve and recover from “delivering” a dead fetus.

As an obstetric nurse…I have seen sadness and grief overcome a family when a pregnancy ends abruptly in the death of a baby in utero.

There are always questions that may never be answered…what happened??? …the Duggars may never know for sure.

Duggars…take the time you all need as a family and personally to grieve your loss.

I am sorry!

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December Dilemmas

Another pre-Christmas weekend over….the hustle, the bustle.

I, for one, count down the days until Christmas morning when I can enjoy the tree, the lights, the crunching sounds of tearing paper and the giggles over the toys and glittery items that “Santa” has graciously left in our decked out living room.

I love to wallow in past memories on Christmas Eve while I am alone doing finishing touches to the “scene” for the next morning. Thoughts go back to simpler times,to my own grandmother, mother and brother…all of whom are gone from life but alive and well in my thoughts especially at holiday time.

They loved Christmas and made an all out effort to make my memories of Christmas blessed ones. You see I was “the baby” in the family….12 years younger than my brother, so the mystery and magic of Christmas was alive and well in our house for many years thanks to them preserving it for me.

Christmas morning and all day is time for memory making for my own family and now it includes a little one who “believes”.

I try to quell the need to buy and buy in the days leading up to Christmas…it is never easy.

I attempt to remember daily, that these days are not about the “stuff”  they are about the people in my life.

Happy Holidays…whatever one you celebrate…make memories and enjoy.

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“Minhaj Gedi Farah becomes face of hope from the famine | News.com.au”

The Innocent Face of Famine

The face of  famine in Kenya is heart wrenching but also hopeful when you see what can happen over time with the right care.

For me pictures truly tell a story and this is a story needs to be seen.

Minhaj Gedi Farah becomes face of hope from the famine | News.com.au.

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Chicago Tribune: Putting off baby

From the Chicago Tribune:

Putting off baby

When Dr. Rachel Wellner got a text from her brother Tuesday night that his wife was in labor, she was speaking at a fancy charity event for breast cancer research. As soon as her speech was over, she raced in her evening gown to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan to watch her nephew, Lincoln Jacob Wellner, come into the world.

The full story can be viewed at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sc-health-1109-freezing-eggs-20111109,0,1339317.story?track=ctiphoneapp

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Trouble for Gilded-Age Beech Trees in Newport, Rhode Island – NYTimes.com

NEWPORT, R.I. — In the Gilded Age, the rich built marble palaces here, surrounding them with exotic trees they acquired with the same ardor they brought to assembling their fabulous collections of art….

Their favorites were European beeches — green, copper and weeping beeches — trees they prized for their dramatic shapes and colors. Soon the streets of Newport’s mansion district were filled with the trees.

via Trouble for Gilded-Age Beech Trees in Newport, Rhode Island – NYTimes.com.

We are fond of Newport, RI and I often admire the beautiful trees that abound especially along Ocean Drive and Bellevue.

We are members of the Preservation Society in Newport…I was not familiar with all of their preservation efforts until I read the New York Times article describing the plight of the beautiful beech trees.

Driving around Newport…I am aware of the overall beauty of the area. The beech tree can probably take credit for creating the feeling that one is in an arboretum while driving in some areas of Aquidneck Island.

I share this beech tree saga…so that perhaps more visitors to Newport who enjoy the beauty will consider stopping by the Newport Mansions Store on Bowen’s Wharf and learn more about the history of Newport and perhaps join the Preservation Society to help keep Newport and save the beautiful beech trees.

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The Switch Witch- what to do with halloween candy « ParentingInTheLoop’s Blog

The Switch Witch- what to do with halloween candy « ParentingInTheLoop’s Blog.

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