What Happens When Family Admits You to a Psych Ward?

Psych: It’s Not Just a TV Show May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Three years ago, our family went through the trauma of discovering our daughter had bipolar disorder. Don’t get me wrong, the diagnosis didn’t traumatize us any more than a diabetes diagnosis might traumatize us. But the events leading up to Sarah’s diagnosis did traumatize us. Mostly because we couldn’t understand what was happening to our sweet, talented, friendly, compassionate daughter. You can read the entire story at…

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Do We Adapt to Injustice From Lack of Awareness?

May We Never Adapt to Injustice The name Trayvon Martin brings an instant image of a young man looking out from the hood of his sweatshirt with soulful eyes. We know the facts—a young black man walks through an ethnically diverse neighborhood when a vigilante half-Hispanic man shoots and kills him during an ‘altercation.’ Twenty years ago, the incident might not have garnered public attention. Due to social media and the Black Lives Matter movement, we have learned to adapt…

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Granny Geek’s Guide to Best Graphics Practices for Pinterest

Granny Geek Looks at Pinterest When I first started blogging, I didn’t understand Pinterest. I’d heard people rave about it, so I started an account five years ago when I started my first blog Blessed (but Stressed). After a while, I created some boards and pinned a little. I even followed some fellow blogging friends. I waited for the magic to happen. No magic. In five years’ time, I had amassed 691 followers and had 2,000 views per month. But…

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History, Mystery, and Romance Your Way into May

History: Together Forever Jody Hedlund, Bethany House Publishers, 352 pages, May 1, 2018 The second book in Judy Hedlund’s Orphan Train series features Marianne, the middle Neumann sister. Marianne, impetuous and big-hearted, struggles to find her way in life outside of her big sister Elise’s capable shadow. Elise, featured in With You Always, splits her time between Quincy, her husband’s town, and New York City. Marianne, newly employed (with the help of her influential brother-in-law) as a placing-out agent with…

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The Power of Encouragement to Change Relationships

The week’s edition of Self-Care Sunday focuses on spirituality (don’t confuse it with religion). Part of my spiritual walk involves growing in areas where I demonstrate weakness. I confess to not having a natural talent for encouraging others. I’ll share a lesson I learned about troubled relationships and encouragement. Trouble “Can I borrow your cell phone?” she asked me the first week of school when I stood outside on playground duty. “What grade are you in?” I asked. “Fourth. I…

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When I’m Stuck at a Genius Bar Miles From Home

Stuck at the Bar I’m stuck at a Genius Bar waiting for my scheduled 6:15 Genius to show up and magically solve my problems. He shows up at 6:50. I struggle to remain patient and civil when he informs me that he can’t fix my computer tonight. They don’t have batteries for my computer in stock. Replacing it takes time. I did not have time. A visit to the Apple store requires a 3 1/2 hour drive, a personal day…

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Brighty of the Grand Canyon Seen Through Today’s Lens

Book Talk Tuesdays: Children’s Classics I still remember baking and selling bread as a nine-year-old so that I could buy Marguerite Henry’s book Justin Morgan Had a Horse. When I entered the musty, high-ceiled bookstore on the main street of Clarksburg, WVA, I felt small and insignificant, but determined to buy a book. After frantically searching the shelves in vain, I mustered up my courage and asked a lady at a towering check-out counter where I could find the book.…

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Tips and Tricks for Your Next Extreme Hike

This edition of Self-Care Sunday focuses on physical wholeness. One of my favorite things to do is set a goal for an extreme event so that I have a reason to get up and exercise every morning. I’ll share what I’ve learned about extreme hiking. Two Days After As I crawled to the bathroom on Tuesday morning, my husband’s words mocked me, “Are you sure you aren’t having a mid-life crisis?” My ankles and calves hurt so much, that crawling…

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How to Turn a Burden into Blessing

A Turn in the Trail The trail twists and makes another turn, I lift my eyes, hoping to see the narrow, wooden building perched on the edge of a cliff. Three-mile Resthouse seems further away than the sign had promised when I left Indian Garden. I leaned on my hiking poles, hoping to ease the load on my legs by doing some of the work with my arms. When the building came into view, I heaved a sigh of relief…

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Photography, the Other Art

Not Everyone Can Draw Not every month has five Sundays, so I’ll take the opportunity to explore the other A in MAPS (you can find more about this series here). Last week, I shared how having a learning mindset helps us conquer things we thought we couldn’t do in our younger years. Today I’ll share some tips for upping your artistic quotient with photography. Next week, I’ll tell you about my latest physical challenge. Artistic expression baffles me at time.…

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