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Day 10: Thought(s) for the Day
Monday, January 10, 2011      11 comments

I strive (maybe most people do) toward self-improvement. While I suppose it's been true for the better part of my life, the last few years feel as though I've had a heightened awareness of it. I've put more effort into this 'quest,' tried to lea... Read more
Day 9: Update
Sunday, January 09, 2011      12 comments

For those of you who sent goodies, advice, suggestions, tea & sympathy, words of understanding and kindness - thank you! I can sit at the computer longer now, whereas for the last few days it's been a struggle. (And I don't have a laptop, e... Read more
Day 8: WARNING - Gripes and Grumbles Ahead
Saturday, January 08, 2011      19 comments

Both my parents came from farming backgrounds. The women worked as hard as the men, if not harder. Several of my great-grandparents lived to be well-up into their 90s; one of my grandmothers was nearly 100 when she died, living in the house she ... Read more
Day 7: 'C' is for COMMITMENT
Friday, January 07, 2011      13 comments

There's no abiding success without commitment. --Anthony Robbins Instead of making a list of resolutions or goals for the new year - what if you made a list of commitments to yourself? a list of promises, to honor and keep? Would that chang... Read more
Day 6: Catching Up...
Thursday, January 06, 2011      10 comments

No, it's not 'C' even tho it looks like it, lol... Today was the first of six 'Advanced Diabetes Management' classes in the NHS Healthy Lifestyle program. I was, shall we say, less than impressed. First, there was supposed to be a 30-m... Read more
Day 5: 'B' is for BEHAVIOR
Wednesday, January 05, 2011      11 comments

be-hav-ior, n. The manner in which something functions or operates: the faulty behavior of a computer program; the behavior of dying stars. Do you move through your day at a steady pace, humming along, engaged in Life? Or are you a fits-and... Read more
Day 4: Kate's Meme
Tuesday, January 04, 2011      9 comments

I know, I know - I keep saying I won't do anymore of these, at least not for a while. But my daughter sent me this one, and how can I say no? I indulge my children, lol... 1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before? Went... Read more
Day 3: Meddy's Meme
Monday, January 03, 2011      9 comments

I copied this from Meddypeddy's blog. It's one of the more involved memes I've seen. 1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Sightseeing trip to Kent. 2. What was the single most challenging thing that ha... Read more
Day 2: 'A' is for ATTITUDE!
Sunday, January 02, 2011      14 comments

"I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say... Read more
Carpe Annum!
Saturday, January 01, 2011      20 comments

'Everyone should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more,... Read more
Christmas 1960
Thursday, December 23, 2010      26 comments

Christmas 1960 I grew up in a farming community in what was then a fairly rural area of Maryland. I don't remember that any of the kids I went to school with were from 'well-off' families. Oh, I suppose some of the farms were bigger and mor... Read more
Payback Time
Wednesday, December 22, 2010      20 comments

Confession: I am NOT emotionally demonstrative - my friends all know me as the non-hugger, because I'm not a touchy-feely kind of person. My family loves to tease me about how easily they can make me blush (still! at my age!) with the 'mushy stu... Read more
Sunday, December 19, 2010      19 comments

Somebody - maybe more than one somebody - nominated me as a 'Spark People Motivator.' All I can say is, Thank You. It is a really nice acknowledgement and makes me feel my contributions here help my fellow Sparklers and perhaps make a difference... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts A Year in the Life...
Thursday, December 09, 2010      39 comments

Today is a milestone for me. I originally joined SparkPeople on February 21, 2008. I tinkered with it, toyed with it, checked in from time to time. And eventually days, then whole weeks, would pass from one log-in to the next, until I wasn'... Read more
Armistice Day, Part 2
Sunday, November 14, 2010      13 comments

Exactly seventy years ago today, in the Second World War, the city of Coventry was nearly obliterated in one of the worst air raids in England. During a night of intensive assault, wave after wave of enemy planes dropped tons of incendiary bombs... Read more

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