Goodbye Headache, Hello Day!

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The following is a guest blog post by freelance writer, Estey Silva: You know the feeling. Ugh! A headache is coming on. So annoying. What to do? Many turn to medications like Ibuprofen or Aspirin. But have you read the side effects? Let me just say - there are so many … oh, and the warning label also says the medicine may even cause you to have a headache. Huh?! Have you ever thought about doing something else? Sure, it’s easy to pop a pill and hope for the best, but what if you could Continue Reading

Ageless Good Health

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By Guest Blogger, Kim Shippey: Despite evidence of a steady increase in life expectancy, the news media and television commercials continue to be preoccupied with the aging process and ways to counteract it. It's at the heart of countless studies on health and well-being. Those who believe firmly in spiritual healing tend to approach these issues differently -- sometimes with a blend of gentle humor and wisdom, but invariably through Bible-directed prayer. The wisdom is usually reflected in Continue Reading

Happy Meals: Beyond Diets and “Foodie Righteousness”

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The following post is written by guest blogger Kim Shippey, an international journalist who is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication: I received a glossy brochure-cum-prospectus through the mail this week. It outlines the online teaching offered by an organization called The Great Courses. What caught my eye (or was it my tastebuds?) was a course on the fundamentals of good nutrition, especially its impact on eating Continue Reading

What You Gain By Living with Less

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This post is by guest blogger Kim Shippey, an international journalist who has relocated, with his family, many times during his career. He is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication: A noticeable effort is being made these days to improve mental health among people of all ages, cultures, and communities. For example, depression and its effect on health, on people’s well-being, and even on their physical condition, has been Continue Reading

Universal Blessing, not Depression in the Christmas Season

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Guest-blogger Kim Shippey has worked as a broadcast journalist in many countries. He is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication. Jacqueline Rudis recently observed in an article published by New York University’s Langone Medical Center that many people, health professionals and laymen alike, believe that depression, anxiety, and suicide rates rise during the Christmas season. The media often link suicides during this time of Continue Reading

Who’s in Charge of Your Mind?

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey has traveled widely as an international  journalist and is now a full-time writer and editor based in Boston. When Dr. Larry Dossey’s latest book One Mind landed on my desk recently, I was reminded that I first came to know him about 20 years ago when I spoke with him at a Mind-Body conference organized by Harvard Medical School and reviewed his book Healing Words:The Power of Prayer and The Practice of Medicine. Dossey is a medical internist and former chief of staff Continue Reading

Therapy Dogs Give Furry Loving Care

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey is a full-time writer and editor in Boston. He often writes in the company of Piper, who is a fluffy source of inspiration, and scratches away at lines that don’t work! In recognition of Veteran's Day, Kim's post points out that the U.S. Army currently has funding to study the ameliorating effects of service dogs on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Various programs across the United States provide trained service or therapeutic companion dogs to US Continue Reading

Grace Heals

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey has traveled widely as an international  journalist and is now a full-time writer and editor based in Boston. He spends his leisure time chasing footballs and grandchildren. I’ve always felt that two of the loveliest words in the English language are “Sunday afternoon.” (Readers, help me me recall which famous writer first shared that observation.) Narrow it down to just one word, and I’d leap right to the soft benevolence of grace. This came to mind as I turned the Continue Reading

Mental Health Calls For A Spiritual Approach

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey offers his perspective on Mark Driscoll's new book, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ. Kim is a writer and editor in Boston, MA. In an age in which there is too much mindless killing in the streets of United States cities -- including schools, a cinema, and even a military base -- and pleas of “insanity” ring through law courts, it's good to have a book by Mark Driscoll that examines identity crises: Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your Continue Reading

Is That God Calling Me?

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Guest blogger Kim Shippey is a full-time writer and editor in Boston. I have always loved Poetry magazine without realizing what an inspiring story lies behind the seesaw life experience of its editor for the past decade, Christian Wiman. His new book of essays, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), reveals that even through the secularism of his college days, which led to disillusionment and a break with his childhood church in West Texas, he never Continue Reading