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What Mindfulness Has Taught Me About Father’s Day

June 19, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: npwsfhnnm.

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Martha BrettschneiderMy father died 39 years ago, just a few days after my thirteenth birthday. Since he chose to take his own life, Father’s Day triggered sadness and self-pity for many years.The more painful truth, though, is that when I learned he was gone, the deepest part of my young heartfelt relief for him.My earliest memories of my handsome, brilliant father—whose hands were once on the cover of Life magazine performing one of the earliest liver transplants—were fraught with mixed emotions.He loved me deeply, and let me know it. Despite that, I could never crack the core of his bipolar disorder-induced despair, no matter how hard I tried.His suffering was palpable to me and seeped into my own tender skin. So even while I wailed in my mother’s arms upon hearing the news of his death, a small voice whispered, “At least he’s not suffering anymore.”Years of therapy helped me realize that I could never have made him happy, could never have saved his life. Eventually, I stopped counting the days in the run-up to Father’s Day, stopped planning that I would be miserable, and got through the day in a relatively neutral frame of mind.How Mindfulness Has Nurtured a New Sense of Gratitude on Father’s DaySix years ago, while recovering from breast cancer, I stumbled into mindfulness practice quite by accident (if you believe in accidents, which, frankly, I don’t anymore).I discovered that I was spending most of my time focused on the future, with intermittent periods of being mired in the past. I was missing out on the beauty of life in the present moment, the only place where anything real happens, the only place I can take action.Most shocking of all was learning that I have a choice in which thoughts to buy into. I can allow thoughts that don’t serve me to float away. I can decide what memories to include in my highlight reel.Learning these truths on an intellectual level is one thing. Unleashing the full power of present moment awareness requires a whole lot of practice. In my own case, nurturing a daily meditation habit has been key to translating theory into results.My personal experience is in line with the mountain of neuroscience research results on the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Daily practice in the art of carving out a few minutes of stillness to observe my thought patterns has strengthened my capacity for:AcceptanceNon-judgmentCompassionEmpathyForgivenessSense of connectednessGratitudeMy Father’s Day Highlight ReelInstead of replaying the sad memories that trigger suffering, this Father’s Day my highlight reel will feature these memories:The times I stood on my father’s feet as a little girl while he danced us around the living room.The many mornings I watched him slather shaving cream over the stubble of his beard, pull his mouth to one side to stretch the cheek skin tight, and drag the razor through the white foam to clear smooth Zamboni tracks. Once both cheeks and his mustache were done, I held my breath while he shaved the thin casing of his throat.The smell of his Old Spice aftershave after he shook it from the ivory colored glass bottle with the strange metal stopper and slapped it onto his face. (Those were the days of only one Old Spice fragrance, not the dizzying array of choices my own sons have today.)The soft amber leather and black stitching of the baseball glove he bought and oiled for me before taking me to a park to play catch. The heft of the softball as I snatched it from the air.Riding the chairlift with him to the top of a black diamond ski run in Colorado when I was in kindergarten and coming across a mountain goat on the slow descent down. This is a mixed memory since I was petrified of the difficulty of the run but didn’t want to disappoint him. Looking back, however, I see the confidence he had in me as a gift.And finally, getting behind the wheel of my father’s car on my thirteenth birthday when he announced it was time for me to learn to drive. My feet barely hit the pedals and I suggested this might not be a good idea, but he insisted. When he died eight days later, I understood.For most of my life, I focused on the irresponsibility of that driving lesson. This Father’s Day, 39 years later, I’m reframing it as the final indication of his love for me. He knew he was checking out, but not before teaching his youngest child to drive.And those other memories linked to his depths of suffering, the ones I’m not choosing for my highlight reel? Those episodes made me stronger too. They taught me to live my life to the fullest, attend to my mental and physical health, and seek treatment for both when needed. They taught me to cherish the gift of life and loved ones since you never know how long any of us will be here.Having a positive highlight reel doesn’t mean burying the hard parts. With practice, we can honor the role of tough times in our lives and let the negative emotions go. Each stepping stone along the way, including the sharpest, most painful ones, shape us in positive ways if we stay open to learning the lessons.It took therapy to get me to a point of neutrality on Father’s Day. It took mindfulness to get me to a point of gratitude. Martha Brettschneider is the author of Blooming Into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me That Calm Is the New Happy Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSfather’s day Previous articleClark Gable, Rita Hayworth and the plight of a caregiver…Next articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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Finding a Home in this Day and Age

May 31, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: ercinbyyl.

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Black Knight, Gateway Mortgage, and More Next: Home Bank Implements Mortgage Cadence LOS Platform Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 9, 2018 2,275 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save 2018-08-09 Kristina Brewer Finding a Home in this Day and Age Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Finding a Home in this Day and Age in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. Brewer also previously worked at Optimus Business Plans where she helped start-ups create funding proposals, risk assessments, and management plans. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Kristina Brewer A recent report from Trulia questions the effect of your neighbors’ age on local home price and home buying opportunities. The report states that studying the ages of the people surrounding your neighborhood—or your perspective neighborhood—can give you a sense of affordability due to one impactful factor: jobs, and the young professionals who are chasing them.“This is where age enters the picture,” the report states. “The majority of the population in growing, high-industry areas are 20- to 64-years-old. The places that have been abandoned by outmigration—so much so that they will pay you to move there—tend to skew 65 and older.” This is showing researchers that prices are skyrocketing in locations where the young and hopeful flock, and that affordable housing may prove to be more feasible where the elder nest. Analysing the top 100 metros in the country shows that the three counties with the highest “working-age population” are home to some of the most popular professions, and the most difficult to find housing. Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia are two of the most popular counties for homeowners commuting to Washington, D.C., with housing demand and home values far exceeding the median. Arlington alone shows a home value median of  $672,700, as opposed to the national average of $217,300.Next in line comes San Fransisco, California, at no one’s surprise. Due to the high numbers of tech workers in the area, and the largest population “in their wage-earning prime,” the median home value for Silicon Valley is a whopping $1,359,000.On the other side of the spectrum and the country, Baltimore, Maryland, offers monetary incentives in order to draw residents back into the city. For homeowners looking to place new roots, the grass may be greener for their prospects in locations with populations under 20 and over 64 years of age. To read the full report, click here. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

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May 3, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: dywkshhfy.

first_img “BACKSIDE LIL” SELECTED AS RACE TRACK ANALYSTS FOR CITY COUNTY OBSERVERI’m glad to be back in Southern Indiana after 21 years traveling the country side and visiting nearly every horse track in the world. Although I can speak five (9) languages fluently, my favorite language is good ole “KENTUCKY TWANG”. All I can say about myself is, I was born, highly educated (7 college degrees) and presently living! I just can’t wait for the live meet at Ellis Park to begin.Lately I been hanging out and enjoyed connecting with my roots once again. Though I am still grieving about the passing of my 7th husband, oil man, Wolfgang Franz from Germany. Recently, I have rekindled an old flame with my high school sweetheart long time Ellis Park horse owner and trainer Kyle. We parted ways after high school due to my risky enlistment into the CIA. I’m now retired and just accepted a part time race track analyst with the City-County Observer.Oh, I want to personally thank the City County Observer for allowing me to write Handicapping articles on my predictions on upcoming winners not only at Ellis Park but also at other tracks throughout the country.I can guarantee that I know all about this subject and if you follow my predictions It’s my hope you will make a little money by doing so Bottom line there are no guarantee that you will be able win a bunch of money by doing so. Oh, I’m just a cartoon character created by the CCO so they can bring little more humor and interest for their readership. The handicapping of the races will be done by knowledgeable people. So sit back and enjoy and lets have fun at the races!Until next time, don’t take any wooden nickels! I’m on my way to give a lecture at Keeneland Race Track on “Handicapping of Races”!Amore!FOOTNOTES FROM “BACKSIDE LILHorse racing, like many sports, has its own language. Whether it’s how to place a bet, or words on a race form, it can be a bit perplexing. Below you’ll find a glossary of race track terms you should know.ACROSS THE BOARD: A bet on one horse to win, place, and show.ALLOWANCE OR ALLOWANCE RACE: A non-claiming event in which the racing secretary conditions weight allowances based on previous purse earnings and/or types of victories.ALSO ELIGIBLE OR “E’: Horses entered into the field that will not run unless other horses are scratched.APPRENTICE JOCKEY: A student jockey that will receive a weight allowance of varying degrees depending on his or her experience.BACKSTRETCH: The straight part of the track opposite the finish line or the stable area.BABY RACE: A race for two year old horses, especially early in the season.BLINKERS: Blinkers: Eye equipment that limits a horse’s vision; generally used to help the horse concentrate on running and to reduce ditraction.BREEZE: A term generally used to describe a workout in which a horse is easily running under a hold without encouragement from the rider.BUG BOY: An apprentice jockeyCLAIMING RACE: A race where each horse in the field has a price and can be purchased by any person that makes a valid claim prior to the running of the race.The first turn of races that begin on the frontstretch/homestretch.CONDITIONS: The circumstances under which a race will be run, such as: surface, distance, purse, and eligibilities.EXACTA: A bet in which the player attempts to pick the 1st and 2nd place horse on one ticket.Fast Track: Rating of a dirt track that is dry and hard.FIRE SALE: A drastic reduction in the claiming price of a horse.FRACTIONS: Clocking at quarter-mile increments in either a race or a workout.FRONT RUNNER: A horse that wants to run on or near the lead.FURLONG: One eighth of a mile.GRADED RACE: A stakes race that is assigned a grade (I, II, or III) by the American Graded Stakes Committee based on the relative strength of the race as compared to all other races. This is the highest form of racing.HANDICAP: A race in which the racing secretary assigns weights designed to equalize the winning chances of the entrants; or to study horses’ records in order to determine the chances of each to win the race.HEAVY TRACK: A grass racing surface that has received an extremely large amount of water and is an almost bog-like condition.INQUIRY: An official investigation by the stewards of the running of the race to determine whether a foul was committed by a horse or jockey.In the money: To finish in the top four; this generally entitles the owner to a share of the purse. In betting terms “in the money” means to finish in the top three.MADDEN: A horse that has never won a race; or a race for horses that have never won a race.furlongs but shorter than 1 1/8 miles.MINUS POOL: When enough money is bet on one horse that the pool is insufficient, after the track take, to pay the holders of the winning ticket the legal minimum odds. In this situation, the track is required to make up the difference to ensure that the bettors are paid the full amount.MORNING ODDS; The odds set by the track prior to the opening of the pools.MUDDY TRACK: A dirt track that is soft, wet and holding.OBJECTIONS: A claim of foul by a jockey following the race.ODDS: The chances of a horse to win a particular race based on the pari-mutuel wagering of the general public. The payouts for a $2 bet with corresponding odds are listed below:OFF THE BOARD: A horse that fails to finish in the money.OFF TRACK: A racing surface that is anything other than Fast (Dirt) or Firm (Turf/Grass).SCHOOL: To train a horse, generally in the starting gate or the paddock.SCRATCH: To withdraw a horse from a race.SHIPPER: A horse that has traveled from one track to another to run in a race.SHUT OUT: When a player fails to make his bet at the window prior to the gate opening.STEWARDS: Three person panel that determines whether or not any rules violations occurred during the race..TRIFECTA: A wager in which the player selects the first three horses in a race in order.TURF COURSE: A grass covered course.WASHED OUT: A nervous horse that is sweating.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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US Election 2020: Meet five new faces making political history in the US

November 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: adzvswdvm.

first_img– Advertisement – From transgender State Senator Sarah McBride to 25-year-old Madison Cawthorn, here are some of the new faces making history in US politics. – Advertisement – OS- Advertisement –last_img

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Westport Winery Wins Silver in Michigan

August 6, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwcxmlkn.

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned two medals at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thirty experienced judges from around the country completed over 2,000 evaluations of wine from 8 countries and 37 states and provinces between April 30 and May 3, 2014.Maritime Moscato, a sparkling Muscat crafted with grapes from Upland Vineyards in the Snipes Mountain AVA, earned a silver medal. A portion of the proceeds of this wine benefits the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington. This label features an original watercolor by Blain Roberts surf partner, Darryl Easter of Camarillo, California.Night Watch, a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and sweet dark cherry, also earned a silver medal. This wine benefits Harbor Home Health & Hospice. The art on this label was created by Oregon artist Cathy Peek.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Flamenco Casa Patas Mesmerizes at The Washington Center

August 6, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Flamenco OlympiaOnce again Olympia’s Washington Center for Performing Arts is privileged to host a distinguished music and dance performance from Spain. With their annual United States tour,  Conservatorio Fundación Flamenco Casa Patas of Madrid, Spain, is in pursuit of its mission to promote the unique art of flamenco — which was recently recognized by UNESCO as a “Contribution… and Cultural Heritage of Humanity”—not only to perform but also teach  flamenco worldwide.This program is supported by the Government of Spain through its Honorary Consul in Seattle, which brings over 120 cultural events from Spain to the Northwest, including Seattle Art Museum, Benaroya Hall and Town Hall in Seattle, Meany Hall/UW, and Olympia. This, their 5th appearance in Olympia, introduces two new dancers here for their performance:This year, Casa Patas presents Flamenco(s) of Lead and Copper.Accompanied by talented cantaores and musicians, the explosive dances of Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro lead us into the mysterious world of flamenco — with an allusion to metallurgy, in which primitive elements are extracted, refined and fused to new strengths and grandeur.Mariana Collado, creator of this program, is a graduate of the Royal Professional Dance Conservatory of Spain and has performed widely with many eminent flamenco artists, including Cristina Hoyos and Antonia Gades, ranging from intimate tablaos in Spain to prestigious international festivals.Carlos Chamorro’s acclaim both as dancer and choreographer led to his position of soloist and principal dancer of the Spanish National Ballet, and recognition as “ambassador” of Spanish dance internationally, on stages from Moscow to New York. He has received major awards throughout his career, including Spain’s “Most Outstanding Dancer Prize – 2012”.Flamenco Casa PatasThe Washington Center for Performing Arts512 Washington St SE,  Olympia WA  or  360-753-8586For information regarding year-round flamenco events in the Olympia area contact: Ianus Foundation/Flamenco Project at [email protected]last_img read more

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‘We’re fine, there’s a lot of baseball left’: Athletics show mettle in road trip with postseason feel

December 20, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: egielqmer.

first_imgHOUSTON — Two of the best pitchers in baseball sandwiched the A’s three-game stop in Houston. And, despite a savory middle — the A’s late-inning comeback win in extra innings Tuesday — the series loss didn’t quite sit right.The first bite resulted in a throw-away loss at the hands of Gerrit Cole. Wednesday’s crumbs, an unceremonious 4-2 loss on top of a Justin Verlander gem.“Disappointing,” Wednesday’s starter Chris Bassitt said of the loss. “Because we didn’t come back to win the series. But …last_img

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Derek Carr, other Raiders stars likely done playing preseason games

December 20, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zzqgqddue.

first_imgNAPA — Did you see quarterback Derek Carr behind center early in the Raiders’ preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals?It may have been the last time he and other surefire Raiders starters take the field in a game until the Sept. 9 opener against the Denver Broncos.With an eye on keeping his marquee players as healthy as possible, coach Jon Gruden said Saturday after the team’s morning walk-through that certain offensive and defensive starters will mostly be kept out action until the …last_img

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Skype: iPhone App for 3G Coming “Soon”

December 17, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: pllavecyf.

first_imgmike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The latest word on Skype for 3G is “soon” according to a blog post on its website today. You may have missed out last week, amid all the iPad hubbub, but Apple removed its restriction on VoIP calls on 3G with the release of its latest iPhone SDK.The return of Skype to the iPhone is something we’ve not-so-patiently awaited since it was banned only a short time after being released last March, and it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer. And this time around, we’re hoping video chat isn’t far behind.Since AT&T first banned Skype over 3g last April, with Apple following suit, iPhone users have only been able to make VoIP calls over WiFi. According to a video interview with David Ponsford, project lead for Skype for iPhone, the move to 3G will provide “CD quality” when making Skype-to-Skype calls. Ponsford says that the new Skype app will also include a quality indicator, which will use a traffic light style notification to show network quality.We also chatted with Peter Parkes, the social media communications lead at Skype, and asked him when we could reasonably expect video chat capabilities. He told us that he couldn’t be specific on any time-line or make any promises regarding video chat, but that “where devices can support video calls, we’ll look to develop video-capable apps.” “But the focus will be on a great experience,” he said. “If all we can get is pixelated and low frame rate, we won’t release it. When it looks great – that’s when we’ll make it available.”The interview with David Ponsford is included below.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Making Changes: An Invitation to Learn through Change

December 12, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwcxmlkn.

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson and Hannah HydeThe field of dietetics is rapidly changing.  New information is often emerging on how to best manage diet. Additionally, dietary trends are changing with a lot of incorrect information circulating which can be difficult for our patients to navigate. It is crucial that we stay current on all of the changes, as it is our responsibility to help our patients translate science into action.  As dietitians, we work with patients and clients to change behaviors that are a part of their daily lives and this is not always an easy task! Remember though, if the changes that our patients and clients were trying to make were easy they wouldn’t be coming to us! While our jobs center on getting others to change their behaviors, some of us may struggle with change within our personal lives because of perceived lack of time for activities, such as self-reflection and care.  We help others change, but we acknowledge, recognize, and accept that change is hard for everyone. If this blog speaks to you from both a professional and personal standpoint, then we have an opportunity for you that you won’t want to pass up! If you are interested in learning how to navigate through change, join us for our free four-day virtual conference to LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges.  To learn more information about this exciting opportunity, click here.This blog was written by Social Media Specialists Bari Sobelson of the MFLN Family Development Team and Hannah Hyde of the MFLN Military Caregiving Team.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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