Kiss Your Brain: In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month

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My daughter was only 3 years old when I had my first concussion, and came up with what she lovingly referred to as “the brain kiss.” In her worldview, my injury resulted in a variety of limitations and changes to my regular mommy duties. But instead of being angry about this, she looked for ways

Bacteria in your gut can improve your mood − new research in mice tries to zero in on the crucial strains


Andrea Merchak, University of Florida Probiotics have been getting a lot of attention recently. These bacteria, which you can consume from fermented foods, yogurt or even pills, are linked to a number of health and wellness benefits, including reducing gastrointestinal distress, urinary tract infections and eczema. But can they improve your mood, too? The difference


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The washing machine isn’t working.  The tub is full of water and wet clothes, but the agitator refuses to agitate.  This happened several years ago.  “Unplug it,” my husband said,  “Let it reset.”   So, that’s what I’ve done.   I’m hoping for the best,  as I just bought a new dishwasher last week.  It, too, had


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We went to see Origins yesterday – which I am still trying to process.  It’s so easy to automatically assume that everyone’s experience is similar to ours, but for many,  their world looks very different from mine as a middle-class white woman.  In fact, it’s almost impossible for me to imagine what life is like

More with less

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Last evening, my daughter and I watched the documentary “My Octopus Teacher.”   What an amazing experience.  As a result, I’ve been thinking about all of the ways we humans mistreat our environment and the ways we have chosen to misrepresent the Genesis passage by claiming that God instructed us to dominate, use, and misuse

Acceptance is step one

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Age comes with its pluses and minuses.  So far, I have far more in the plus column than in the minus side, I’m happy to report.  Having practiced gratitude for many years, I can usually find something positive in every experience, but that doesn’t mean I don’t struggle at times.  Having been an avid reader

Tom Jolin receives Bicycle Champion Award

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On behalf of Bicycle South Central PA (BSCPA), Gettysburg resident and long-time cyclist Tom Jolin was honored last week with the 2023 Bicycle Champion Award. The presentation was made by former BSCPA President Marilyn Chastek at the January meeting of Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI), held in the Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Rec Park.

What Feels Love to Me?

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“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” Buddha ONCE UPON A TIME there was a handsome,

Dress for stress

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We have far more control over our thoughts and feelings than we may want to admit.  Granted, life has this way of taking over our thoughts,  but we can teach ourselves to respond differently if we are willing to do the work of reprogramming our brains.  After all, it is not what happens that deeply

Happiness and health

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As life speeds by me in my geriatric slow lane,  I am grateful to have old and trusted companions to come along with me.  I’m still walking most days.  I still do my own light housework.  I still sew and hand quilt, though some blocks’ corners don’t quite jibe as well as they once did.

One day at a time

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It’s the start of a new year.  I haven’t made any new resolutions as I have enough left over from the past.  You know, the generic resolutions that never go out of date. Walk more.  Eat better.  Get more sleep. Practice gratitude.  Do at least one good deed per day.  Be more accepting, more generous. 

The challenge of working together

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This past week I wrote several blogs about Christmas movies.  Evenings when I am home alone I often quilt and watch TV.  So many of our TV programs glorify the worst of humanity, the darkness, hate, fear, and anxiety that is so prevalent everywhere.  Christmas movies make a nice change from who done-its, even if

Something bigger

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There was a time when I thought I had to think big when making my life bucket list,  but no more.  Now, my bucket list is made up of those little things that I had previously thought I was too busy to do . . like ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.  The other

The Greatest Gift

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“Amidst the chaos of life, your unwavering presence is the sanctuary others seek.”  – Deepak Chopra At the start of a recent Saturday morning class I attended, fellow yoga teacher Heather Seton shared these words of wisdom regarding the profound gift of our unwavering presence. We’re all familiar with the sentiment, “Your presence is gift


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 We humans don’t do well with pain and discomfort…hence many of our God questions.  After all, our greatest questions center around the issues of pain, evil, and suffering.  But when read without all the decorations, soft music, and tinsel, these are the things that define the Christmas story.  Come Christmas Eve, many of us will

Winter STREAK Wellness Program is coming

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WellSpan Health is preparing to give you a healthy start to the new year. When the holiday season concludes, it’s time for resolutions and back to normal – or better. WellSpan will be offering a series of Winter STREAK Workshops, beginning January 8 and continuing through March. The Winter STREAK Wellness Program is a FREE 12-week community program


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The older I get, the more I seem to fall into a daily routine.  Get up, get dressed, make coffee, and read…generally meditational reading, which often inspires me when it’s time to blog.  Sometimes, I blog before walking, but most times, my friend and I walk before I settle in for my second mediational period

Acceptance, perception, thanksgiving

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Jesus tells the story of the woman who lost one of her dowry coins and turns her house upside down to find it.  When she finally discovers it, she goes to all of her friends and neighbors to share her joy in finding the lost coin.  Yesterday was a beautiful,  clear,  crisp Central Pa. morning. 


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I worked at the polls last week. Because so few people are volunteering these days, we had the bare minimum working in our precinct,  but ours is a small one,  so it wasn’t a problem.  It was a long day, however.  We worked from 6 am to after 9 pm before we were able to


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A  Buddhist teaching says that what causes suffering in life is the general pattern of how we relate with others – as in envy toward those above, competitiveness toward those who are equals, and contempt for anyone below us.  It is so easy to blame the victims of life.  It’s been said that if you

Happiness is a choice

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I awoke eager to start my day.  After making my first cup of coffee I sat down, made a to-do list for today, then settled in with the morning paper.   Still no Speaker of the House given the insanity of the MAGA maniacs.  A mass shooting in Maine.  What is happening to our beloved country?

ACCOG weighs cost of mental health services in schools

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Outgoing Littlestown Area School District Superintendent Christopher Bigger said Thursday that schools are doing their best to handle the increasing problem of mental health issues among their students but cautioned it is not their area of expertise. He was speaking to the Adams County Council of Government members.  The organization provides information of interest to

To better understand addiction, students in this course take a close look at liquor in literature


Debra J. Rosenthal, John Carroll University Uncommon Courses is an occasional series from The Conversation U.S. highlighting unconventional approaches to teaching. Title of course: Alcohol in American Literature What prompted the idea for the course? I got the idea for the course when I was writing a chapter on the temperance movement in American literature

Adams County Arts Council Partners with Adams County Historical Society to Present SoulShine

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The Adams County Arts Council has partnered with the Adams County Historical Society to present SoulShine, a day-long, musical wellness retreat. SoulShine features award-winning singer/songwriters and inspirational speakers Karen Taylor Good and Stowe Dailey, also known as StoweGood. SoulShine is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, at the Adams County Historical Society, 625 Biglerville Rd., Gettysburg.

Free mindfulness courses offered

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A four-week mindfulness and meditation course will be offered this Fall in two separate sessions. The classes will meet at the Carroll Valley Library building on Friday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 p.m.  The dates for the live classes are October 27, and November 3, 10, and 17.  A second course will be held online (Zoom) on


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Reading in The Book of Joy this morning, the chapter was about fear, how it is a natural response but also how we can better respond to our fears so they do not control us.  As I read,  I found myself thinking about a friend who is dealing with terminal cancer.  She’s reached the point

Finding Balance


Following a yoga class I taught this past week, a student said to me, “I really need to work on my balance.” My response was, “Don’t we all?” I find that I am constantly working on balance- finding the right balance of screen time and active outdoor play for my children, of kale chips and

Organization Profile: Connect Counseling opens office in Gettysburg

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The Lancaster-based therapy practice Connect Counseling has opened a Gettysburg office at 18 Carlisle St., offering both in-person and telehealth appointments. With locations in Lancaster, Carlisle, Harrisburg, and now Gettysburg, Connect Counseling employs nine therapists and provides individual, couples, and family therapy using a wide range of treatment approaches. “We’re pleased to be joining the


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Last evening I discovered a series on Acorn called The Dry.  It is about an alcoholic woman who tries to stay sober in Dublin, Ireland, while surrounded by a hard-drinking family and friends.  As she struggles to maintain her sobriety, her sponsor is this hard-as-nails, no-nonsense woman who constantly hammers away at the importance of

Charlie Tully wins bicycle prize

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Holding the sign in the above photo is Charlie Tully, the winner of the 2023 Heritage Festival childrens’ bicycle prize.  To be entered in the prize drawing, children had to register a ride online or participate in the Kid’s Bicycle Parade at the Heritage Festival, where they could submit several entries.  Tully received $350 of

Medicare Open Enrollment is Coming!

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The Annual Open Enrollment Period (AOEP) for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Plans is October 15 to December 7th.  People with Medicare benefits should review their coverage with special consideration of their prescription benefits and how those benefits may be changing for 2024. Each year, Medicare Part D and Advantage Plans can make changes


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Another beautiful day in South Central PA, the kind of Indian summer weather that draws one outdoors and invites happy thoughts and spontaneous bursts of gratitude!   Even so, I struggle to stay focused on this present moment.  Perhaps it’s as someone once observed, “Growth means change, and change involves risk, stepping from the known to


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Addiction is a physical, psychological, and spiritual disease that is as deadly as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes.  Addictions create devastating emotional, spiritual, and physical traumas that can lead to intense suffering and death. Yet, until we are willing to admit that we, as a nation, are addicted to power, greed, and control,  our democratic

Today is a day for gratitude

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It was one of those mornings when everything I tried to do required an extra step or needed something I didn’t have.  Instead of getting overly upset (it was tempting, as an occasional pity party can be satisfying), I went for my gratitude box.  The first card I picked up read:  “Give thanks for unknown

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Envision Total Wellness New Location

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McSherrystown, Pennsylvania — September 7, 2023 — Evision Total Wellness, a local provider in holistic health, functional medicine, and wellness services, is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its new location on September 17, 2023. The event will be marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, signifying a new chapter in our journey toward promoting health

Laced drugs cause deaths in South Central PA

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The following notice was posted today on the Littlestown Police Department’s Savvy Citizen app. Over the past several days there appears to be a batch of illegal drugs that have hit the streets in South Central Pa. Over the past weekend, multiple overdoses have occurred which has also resulted in multiple deaths. Apparently, from what

Logs and splinters

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Step 9 is all about making amends (forgiveness), but before we can make amends (forgive)in a meaningful way, we have to work our way through steps 6,7 and 8. It is rarely appropriate to do something or take a stand without doing our necessary preparatory work.  We not only have to become willing to work

Make plans for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is nationally known as breast cancer awareness month.  In Adams County, we celebrate our breast cancer survivors in many ways throughout October and beyond.  Our main goal for women in our community is to assist them in the early detection and understanding of breast health concerns.  In our community, the dedicated members of the

Good Samaritans

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Deep into another WWII novel and Jim Wallis’ Christ in Crisis, I experienced a spontaneous burst of gratitude this morning.  With fall in the wings,  the nights are cooling down.  The daylight hours are growing noticeably shorter,  and this morning, there is a nip in the air.  Since my friend called to say she couldn’t walk,

There’s lots of kayaking ahead

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Even though it’s September, plenty of good kayaking days are still ahead this year.  Unfortunately, the launch area at Long Pine Reservoir, close by in Michaux State Forest, is closed until next season. But for those determined to enjoy this lovely mountain lake, there are ways to reach the water. The fishing dock offers a quick downhill

Fall: Made for walking?

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by Betsy Meyer The Healthy Adams County Physical Fitness Task Force’s fall walking schedule is full of walks, showing off Adams County’s natural beauty at a wonderful time of year for walking.  As Albert Camus said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  We hope you will find some time this

RISE Yoga studio opens on Sep. 6

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RISE Yoga Gettysburg, a new yoga studio coming to the Gettysburg area, opens in one week, hosting its first class on September 6. RISE is located at Phoenix Wellness Center, 2311 Fairfield Road, serving Gettysburg and surrounding areas with yoga and mindfulness programming emphasizing mental health and wellness. RISE offers yoga for every body, every mind,

It’s a lovely day

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It feels like fall this morning; still pleasantly warm, but there’s a different feel to the air.  The seasons are slowly changing.  August will soon be over.  Kids are back in school.  Buses add minutes to morning and afternoon commutes.    I’m so grateful Mother Nature is trying to keep us on schedule.  I grieve for

Love as compassion and justice

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Bishop Curry says in the appendix of Love Is The Way, “So much of what is happening in the world does not look like love.  If we go through life letting external forces – our news feeds, our acquaintances, our Google calendar – determine how our days are spent and our contributions measured, we know

HABPI Ride for Trails will benefit trail development

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On Saturday, September 23, Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc (HABPI) will host its 8th Annual Ride for Trails to raise money for trail development in Adams County. Three different routes are being offered to accommodate riders of all experience levels: 13 miles, 24 miles, and 40 miles. All rides begin at the Gettysburg Rec Park, 545


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 We said goodbye to Ruthie on Saturday.  Such a joyous memorial service filled with joyful black music, stories,  and laughter!   Ruthie joined our family in 1969 as a confused and suicidal teenager, angry at the world and life.  Over the years, she entered and reentered our lives, sometimes being affectionate and loving, others angry

Empowering Parents who breastfeed

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By C. Lisa Lathrop RN, BSN, IBCLC, Program Manager/Nurse Supervisor Nurse-Family Partnership at Family First Health August is National Breastfeeding Month, 2023 We know there are many health benefits for mom and baby when it comes to breastfeeding. If a mother chooses to do so, it can protect the baby against short and long-term illnesses

To thine own self be true

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 I came back from Physical Therapy hungry and tired.  A cup of coffee and two pieces of toast later, I sat down to blog.  Not feeling inspired,  I grabbed an Al-Anon meditation book and read five different entries.  Interestingly enough, they are all related to assuming responsibility for our own thoughts and actions rather than

Time to remember loved ones and end overdose

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Join Us in Memory of those Lost to Overdose Many hundreds of thousands of people around the world lose their lives to overdose each year. [Nearly 110,000 Americans lost their lives to overdose in 2022, an increase of roughly four percent from 2021 and the second consecutive year of more than 100,000 overdose deaths]. They

Improving ourselves

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I didn’t have enough time to really start something before I went to PT, so I grabbed Bishop Curry’s book Love Is the Way and read:  “You can be intentional about the stories you tell as well in the stories you consume.  Examine which stories are taking your time and attention.  If you’re only getting

It only takes a spark

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Sunday, sang several songs/hymns that have had a lot of meaning for me, among them “It Only Takes A Spark.”  All afternoon, the tune and words ran through my mind, reminding me that it only takes a spark to make a difference in so many areas of life.  Kindness, you see, is contagious.  So is


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We hear a lot about mindfulness these days.  I’m not really sure what that means, but it reminds me of the program’s emphasis on living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time.  I also understand it is finding ways to turn off my monkey brains and becoming aware of what’s around

Kid in a Blueberry Patch

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New to this area, I am like a ‘kid in a candy store,’ discovering all the local foods, including yes, candy stores and bakeries. But as a registered dietitian, I am mindful to seek foods we should be eating generously, like fruits and vegetables. Adams and surrounding counties are very ‘fruitful’ this time of year.

Acceptance and Courage

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There are those books that you simply can’t put down until you get to the ending, Louise Penny’s novels, for instance. Then there are those books that are so meaty that you can only digest a few pages at a time.  Last evening I sat down with Bishop Curry.  If this black man can speak

WellSpan Health Named to Newsweek’s America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023

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WellSpan Health has been recognized as one of America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023 by Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group. The ranking recognizes the greatest workplaces overall by state and is based on performance in the following areas: empowerment of women, promotion of veterans, development of entry-level employees and support for LGBTQ team members. “Our approach of

Gettysburg moves closer to making Racehorse Alley one-way


After hearing from proponents of bicycle and pedestrian safety, the Gettysburg Borough Council moved forward on a project (the “Gettysburg Funnel”) that would make Racehorse Alley one-way running east from Buford Ave. to Franklin St. and one-way west from Chambersburg St. to Franklin St. To leave the alley, all traffic would turn toward Chambersburg St.

Today is the day

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Today is a day for gratitude.  Following morning worship yesterday, we came home and got lunch. When I opened the freezer to get ice cream for dessert, I discovered everything was partially thawed. The fridge had died!  What followed was a mad scramble to rescue as much food as possible. Fortunately, I had a partially


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 A number of my recent blogs have asked the question, “What’s the point of even trying when the whole world seems to be spinning out of control?”  Consequently, I should not have been surprised to have Bishop Curry speak to these issues when I sat down to read Love is the Way.   Instead of

PA, Gettysburg Issue “Red Flag” burn ban

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Gettysburg Borough has issued a borough-wide burn ban which includes outside fire pits. The PA State Dept. of Environmental Protection has also declared today a Code Red Air Quality Action Day throughout the entire Commonwealth for fine particulate matter.  The borough said the ban was based on the very dry conditions. The ban will remain in effect until

Scouts create storywalk in Gettysburg rec park

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The leaders and scouts of Scouts BSA Troop 79, Gettysburg, gathered last week to install new permanent storywalks along the rec park’s walking path. The storywalks were developed along with the board and administration of the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority and the Adams County Library System. The 20 stations will provide informative stories that change

Agape love

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My musical friend was talking about the songs she loves, which made me aware of the limits language puts on our reactions and perceptions of life.  While English has only one word for love, other languages may have a variety of words to describe a wide range of feelings, reactions,  and understandings that we lump

Stumbling blocks?

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Somebody once said there is no difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones aside from the way we use them.  Life has taught me that while one can put a stumbling block in my way, I am the one who decides whether I am going to use those stones to get ahead in life.  The older


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It’s easy to fall into the habit of simply mouthing the words to familiar Scripture verses, slogans,  or prayers such as The Lord’s Prayer or The Serenity Prayer instead of carefully pondering the words.  When I really think about what I’m praying, I often find one special phrase jumps out, such as “accept the things

Adams County Farmers Market receives $20k sponsorship from Highmark Wholecare

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Gettysburg, PA – Highmark Wholecare recently contributed $20,000 to support food assistance resources and build staffing capacity at the Adams County Farmers Market. Funds will be used to support the farmers market’s food assistance programs, such as SNAP Double Dollars and the Healthy Options program, while also supporting critical staffing capacity that allows these programs

What is important?

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“The point isn’t to make a fortune.  The point is to know what’s enough.  To be happy.” says one of the characters in Louise Penny’s The Brutal Telling.  I suspect we all recognize the wisdom in that statement, but how many of us are willing to really discern when our enough is enough and then act on

Praise and thanksgiving

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“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.“  (Thorton Wilder)   I gaze out the window. The sun is shining after days of pounding rain.  I am grateful for days of gloom as our Mother Earth needed a long refreshing drink.  Yet I am very

The 19th Explains: How to ease the ‘loneliness epidemic’ and social isolation among older adults

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Experts stress the importance of maintaining meaningful connections and utilizing resources to combat isolation and the health impacts that come with it. Originally published by The 19th Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the high cost of eldercare, and severe staffing shortages in long-term care, loneliness may seem like a comparatively small problem for older adults.

Thoughts to ponder

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A number of you commented on my recent blog about detoxing our brains.   Here are some additional concepts and thoughts that may help you detox from negative self-directed messages.  They’ve certainly got me thinking about the many ways I create problems for myself. –What they say about me says a lot more about them


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  “It’s not the answers you get but the questions you ask, that’s all important,” my dad used to tell me.  He was convinced that it’s in framing our questions that we begin to define the various components making up an issue or problem. I thought of Dad this morning when I read one of the

Free presentation on Medicare supplement choices

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Democracy for America invites the public to a roundtable discussion on the Medicare supplement choices that Medicare patients must make to complete their insurance coverage. The complexity of choices from Medicare Advantage to Medigap and ways to cover prescription drug costs will be hosted by Dr. Dwight Michael.  Dr. Michael was a family physician in the Gettysburg


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As news cycle follows news cycle, I find special meaning in a line from The Little Prince.   “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret.  It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.“   Is that why we humans find working together so

Buddhist Monk to Visit Gettysburg

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Update: Due to an emergency medical issue, Bhante Sujatha’s visit has been canceled. We received word that he is expected to fully recover but is unable to travel at this time. Of course, we will invite him to come to Gettysburg just as soon as he is able. Our Sunday evening sangha will meet as

Grateful for gratitude

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With Spring in the air,  it is becoming easier to focus on gratitude.  Spring in Adams County is something to behold! Gratitude, you see,  is good for my mental health.  It’s good for my shattered soul, and it’s keeping me physically healthy.  The Psalms, one of the most popular books of all time, is filled


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I was reminded last week that I am a grateful creature of habit.  I  have some fairly fixed routines that help me enjoy each day.  I sleep until about 7:30 each morning, get up, have my coffee, walk with my friend, eat breakfast, blog and do what household chores there are to do.  Then and

Mindfulness in Psychotherapy: What’s it all about


Fifteen years ago, when I was writing a paper on mindfulness for the graduate program I was in, it was difficult to track down much information about it. Since that time mindfulness has moved from the wings to center stage in psychology and psychotherapy in particular. I think it would be helpful to explore how

Letting go

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What are we to do when we become world-weary?  Overwhelmed by bad news?  Discouraged that the bad guys just keep avoiding any serious consequences?  Feel everything is too much trouble that nothing seems to make any difference?  When such feelings take over, I am reminded of a story we Mennonites like to tell about Orrie


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Positive thinking goes nowhere unless it is followed by action. That’s precisely why we say the road to hell is paved by good intentions.  Meaning to do something and actually doing it are two very different things.  Most of us are procrastinators, one of those character flaws many of us humbly ask God to remove

Tom Jolin honored for his work with HAPBI

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Long-time Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian Inc. (HABPI) board of directors member Tom Jolin was honored today with a plaque placed near the Susan Naugle Bridge off W. Middle St. In introducing Jolin, HAPBI board member Steve Niebler said Jolin’s name was “synonymous with HABPI.” Niebler said Jolin was a founding member of HABPI and one of

Self care and self acceptance

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Self-acceptance and care are much easier to talk about than to practice.  It’s so easy to push our basic physical and emotional needs to the side because most of us grew up being told it is important to put others first; that pride in self and self-confidence is somehow sinful.  Yet self-negation, self-pity and viewing

Black Balloon Day memorializes opioid overdose deaths

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An archway of purple and black balloons created a solemn memorial for victims of opioid overdose deaths as part of National Black Balloon Day Monday afternoon in Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square. About 50 visitors stopped by, and 25 Naloxone kits and spray applications were distributed to help prevent some of those deaths. Naloxone, a prescription drug


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Over the years,   I have read many definitions of codependency.  All relate in some way to discounting our own needs and feelings and looking to others to validate and make us happy.   After all, we live our lives in relationship to others, our environment, our culture, and our jobs, so why wouldn’t we

Self Care

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I locked myself out of my house the other day.  I wanted to give my new neighbor a key since we were going away for a week,  so I grabbed a fistful of keys,  stepped outside to make sure I had the right key, and….  You guessed it!  I locked myself out!   Fortunately, it

The ultimate revenge

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 I’m a great one for shoveling clutter into drawers and closets,  but that just means going through every paper and envelope when I’m looking for something specific.   I didn’t find the address I’d been looking for this morning, but I did discover a scrap of paper with a scribbled quote.  “Resentment must give way

Gratitude…again and again

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Today Is a day for gratitude.  In fact, every day is a day for gratitude.  Since now is all I’ll ever have, this moment is the only moment I have for which to be grateful.  And I am grateful. Extremely grateful.   Just having returned from sharing breakfast with a friend, I am very aware that

Pennsylvania EMS system teeters on brink of collapse, official says


By Anthony Hennen | The Center Square Two Philadelphia Transit Policemen are seen by a Philadelphia Fire Department Emergency Medical Services ambulance. By Alan Budman The Center Square (The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s hyperlocal emergency medical services system teeters on the brink of collapse and, officials say, it’s up to legislators to intervene before it’s too

I treat people with gambling disorder – and I’m starting to see more and more young men who are betting on sports


Tori Horn, University of Memphis As a therapist who treats people with gambling problems, I’ve noticed a shift over the past few years – not only in the profile of the typical clients I treat, but also in the way their gambling problems develop. In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court made the landmark decision to

Agreeing to disagree

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 Sometimes we gut react to a situation, impulsively decide to take a risk, to speak out, take a stand.  I think of my quiet, introverted, shy husband who decided after 9/11 that declaring war on Iraq was not the appropriate way to respond to those horrendous events.   Crippled with rheumatoid arthritis, in constant pain,

Kiwanis speakers will discuss mental health issues at February program


The Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis monthly speaker’s series will resume on Monday, Feb. 13, with a program by John Noullet and Jayne Miller, both mental health care professionals at WellSpan Philhaven. The program will focus on the de-stigmatization of mental health issues, specifically suicide prevention. Noullet has worked for WellSpan Philhaven since 2003.  He worked as

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital launches robotic surgery program to help keep care close to home

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YORK, PA (Jan. 24, 2023) – WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital has launched a robotic surgery program to offer minimally invasive surgical procedures to patients. Robotic-assisted surgery offers several benefits to patients, including less pain, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery, smaller scars, and improved patient satisfaction. While WellSpan patients have had access to this innovative technology at other