• Students, anxious about final exams, seem less stressed and more focused
• Elderly residents in assisted living facilities are less solitary, more engaged and active …
• Alzheimer’s patients find comfort and feel calmer…
• Children, struggling with reading, become more relaxed and receptive…
What’s the common denominator? All of these individuals are benefiting from a visit with a PAWS for People pet therapy team.
PAWS for People is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides one-on-one animal-assisted therapy to children and adults with physical, social and emotional challenges.
Theresa (not her real name) sat across from me, her head tilted slightly at an angle and her forehead wrinkled in concern. She had just finished telling me how long she has wanted to create an experience of financial prosperity, yet still she is struggling. She leaned forward and asked out loud, more to herself than to me:
“What am I doing wrong? Do I not want it enough?
The number of people who report having tried online dating is approximately 50 million in the U.S. (www.statisticbrain.com). Several studies have been conducted to explore the demographics of the users, average amount of money spent on services, number of matches resulting in long-term relationships, marriage, etc. In a recent study completed by Consumer Reports, they found that “online dating, however painful and time-consuming, often does produce
Dreaming is a natural process that happens just by virtue of being human. And like other natural processes such as breathing, it does its work whether or not we pay attention to it. But like with breathing, if we do pay attention, we can begin to have a different and perhaps deeper kind of relationship to it. When we learn how to purposely take deeper breaths, we begin to have new kind of living connection to our body. It can be like this and so much more when we pay attention to the natural process of dreaming. When we intentionally dive deeper into our dreams, we develop a new kind of relationship with the totality of ourselves and to the world we live in.
We are taught to strive for balance. How many times have you sworn that you’ll do better, be better, and “get more balance” in your life? Google “living a balanced life” and you’ll find over 8 million results in only .92 seconds so I’d say it’s something people are really interested in. If that weren’t true there wouldn’t be books, blogs, coaching events, and Facebook posts galore about “ how to achieve balance.” This isn’t another one of those articles. This article isn’t a “5 steps to a completely balanced, perfect, unobtainable life.” It’s designed to ask a few questions, maybe raise a few more and spark a healthy conversation about what we are all looking for.
Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 1/2 cup rice per serving
1/2 cup uncooked instant brown rice
1/2 0.7-ounce packet Italian salad dressing mix
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
Do you feel like the bruised princess who slept on a pea?
Does your mattress swallow you up like a sinkhole?
Would a bed of nails be an improvement?
Do you spend more time tossing and turning than sleeping?
Do you wake up every morning with an achy, stiff back?
Are you just as tired as when you went to bed?
1 cup brown rice
1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed
Kosher salt and pepper
8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/4 cup soy sauce
This is a a great non dairy dessert with a creamy texture.Relatively simple to make,
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/2 box (8 oz.) whole wheat Fusilli or Rotini pasta
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
Summer and warm (hot) weather are upon us shortly. This means a few extra precautions for our furry friends.
We protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun and should do the same for our pets. Animals can get sunburn, too! Apply small amount of pediatric SPF 30 to pale nose tips and bridges of noses, and ear tips. White animals, especially, are prone to melanomas on their ear (pinna tips) and eyelids when exposed to harsh summer sun for long periods of time. Animals that are coated and are shaved for the summer may need sun protection on their backs until their fur grows back, for at least a month or so.
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