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Rising Suicide Rates Tarnish the Golden Years

Rising Suicide Rates Tarnish the Golden Years

Imagine your kids are grown and living elsewhere. You recently had surgery to repair a heart valve and you fear you may end up in a wheelchair. You’ve developed cataracts and had to give up driving. Your lack of mobility makes you feel angry, isolated, and frustrated. You used to love going to church, playing […]

How To Design a Recovery-Friendly Get-Together

Alcohol has become a staple of neighborhood, friend, and family gatherings in our society. Need to relax? It’s time for a drink. Want to celebrate? Must be time for a drink. Want to hang out with friends? Yep, grab another drink. This is all good, until you have a friend who chooses not to drink, […]

The Emotional Side of Infertility

The Emotional Side of Infertility

I buried my face in my hands and wept. Another year had gone by and still no baby. After two rounds of in vitro fertilization, three cycles of Clomid, and five years of trying for a baby, all I had to show for my efforts were an aching heart and a stack of medical bills. […]

Creating a Lovely Morning

Creating a Lovely Morning

When I wake in the morning, my mind slowly gathers, and I begin to move, the early morning light just starting to seep in. I have a glass of water, start the coffee, then meditate. Then I enjoy the coffee, a good book, and the quiet, before the dust and din and steam of the […]

Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

4 eggs 3⁄4 cup oil 1 cup water 8 ounces sour cream 1 box chocolate cake mix 1 small package instant chocolate pudding 1 cup chocolate chips Beat eggs lightly (by hand) in a large bowl. Add oil, water, and sour cream. Mix well. Stir in cake mix and pudding. When well combined, add the […]

Sloppy Joes Plus

Sloppy Joes Plus

2½ to 3 lbs. ground beef 3 green onions Salt/pepper to taste ¾ cup ketchup ¼ cup mustard 1 Tbsp vinegar 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp brown sugar 28-oz. can Bush’s baked beans Brown ground beef and green onions in a large pot over medium heat. Drain. Salt and pepper generously, to taste. Add […]

Chunky Chocolate Treats

Chunky Chocolate Treats

Chunky Chocolate Treats 4 cups milk chocolate chips 1 cup raisins 3 cups any combination of chopped pretzel sticks and nuts (We used almonds and sunflower nuts.) 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips Melt milk chocolate chips in a double boiler or slowly, stirring regularly, in the microwave. Stir in pretzels, nuts and raisins. Pour and […]