Giving your head some room to breathe can really help with figuring something out, understanding someone’s behavior and alleviating stress. We can sometimes get fixed on something, thinking, thinking, creating stress and not taking the time to separate and create some room for ideas to arise to solve problems or to get out of an obsessive situation.  People’s disagreeable words keep coming up in our minds; we keep on playing a scenario that was unsavory; we keep going back to something we should have or should not have done. The pressure and tension mount.  And sometimes we take it out on those around us. There seems to be no way out!

First step is to take a little time to move away from life’s daily “to do list” and do something that is

To be kind, compassionate and loyal is the description many would give to John Kelly. If you were lucky enough to meet John in your life, then you are blessed to have experienced an angel on earth who just got his wings to enter into heaven last week.

John had many lessons to teach to the young boys in Xavier, as well as others who met him. He was a great coach who taught the athletes to have integrity, strength, resilience and loyalty. Win or lose, you were encouraged by John to have good

“Be Well, Be Happy” is a constant reminder to stop, pay attention and be aware of our emotional state of mind.  We do our best in this column to give you tools to work with when you feel out of balance or unhappy.  Sometimes the tools work and other times not so much.

Many of the topics or focal points come from a personal experience. The following is my experience traveling with my daughter in Portugal. The most beautiful, spiritual country I have ever visited. We feel blessed to have had

As you read this column, I will be in Portugal traveling with my best friend and daughter, Kayla. We planned this trip months ago when she was working very hard in school towards her nursing degree. Anyone who has a BS in Nursing knows how difficult and time consuming it can be to receive this degree. She has one more year to go and, God willing, she will be of service in the health industry. She is a kind, compassionate and brilliant woman. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I am so very

Everyone is happy! Summer is here! One of the things I realized about this is that people are happy to see other people. Neighbors on the block, people lingering outside a local store, etc. Connecting to others, catching up, spending a little time. Winter is isolating, people go away, we rush about outside to get out of the cold. Warm weather comes and the smiles and the greetings and the plans to meet abound. The sense of community and belonging is very comforting and we are very fortunate to

The kindness of strangers when directed towards me is always amazing, even though I do practice kindnesses often.

About a half hour into thinking about the above, while I was sitting in a restaurant at the bar, finishing my wine after dinner, a woman came in and sat in the seat to the left of me and handed the woman further to the left a bouquet of flowers. The woman said at first, “Oh, why did you do that? You shouldn’t have,” and finally said, "Thank you." The flower-giver and I started

There are 1,440 minutes in one day. Some of those minutes are sleep time – very important to rest. Some of those minutes are perhaps scheduled work time or time with children or yoga class time or food shopping time or however we carve into those 1,440 minutes to apportion out everything that happens in one day. We soon see that all of the minutes are taken. If we were to “take the time” to document how we spend all of the minutes in one day, it would be surprising to see what we really

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