Showing posts from April, 2010

Going Back to Basics

If there is one thing I've learned in these 36 years of my life, it's that going back to the basics is always a good idea. Technology, customs and lifestyles change so quickly and move so fast, that one day you sort of wake up and become aware of how far you've come from ideals that you once valued. This is how I feel about what's going on with the state of food in our country. When I became a mom, I did what many moms do. We protect our little cub. We go into hyper-protective mode and make sure all the crib bedding, clothing, furniture, car seats and strollers are the safest they can be. We feel the immense responsiblity of this little life and we take that responsibility seriously.  And when they start to eat what we eat...then we want to do the same. All of a sudden, how milk and meat is processed becomes of utmost interest. We read labels and wonder what words like "hydrogenated" and "trans-fats" mean and how we can avoid them . Unfortunate

The Importance of Accountability

Accountabiity is one of those words that have almost been overused to death...much like the word of the 90's: integrity. It's unfortunate because both are really great words that convey so much meaning. They have almost ceased to be effective because we've heard about them and their importance so much. However, in my opinion, if there was ever a time that we need accountability, it's now. We live in an age of "whatever works for you, do it" and "whatever you think is right, well, it's right for you."  Well, I don't know about you, but I don't really trust myself that much. See, I know myself. I know my tendencies towards what's best for me and my ability to be blinded to the needs of others. Plus...that argument for doing "whatever you want," in the spirit of personal freedom usually nets you the "what you want," but many times ends up encroaching on someone else's freedom. For example, my right to "s

A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine

Okay...I know that we're living through some tough times these days. There is so much that is going on in our world, our states, our cities, our jobs, and in our families. It's easy to look around and start to feel overwhelmed and deflated by our circumstances. However...I have a cure for those blahs! Laughter! One of my favorite Proverbs says that, "a cheeful heart is good medicine (17:22)." And I for one believe this to be true with all my heart. Have you ever watched a funny movie, or just got together with your best girl friends and just belly laughed? It's hard to stay depressed when your literally crying and snorting liquid out of your nose. It's actually impossible. Laughter is good for our health, and here are a few reasons why*: Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system. It decreases stress hormones an