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

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

From Buddha to the Bible, Find Your Path To Stillness

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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! Meditation is fast becoming a fashionable tool for improving one’s mind, said David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, in a July 5 New York Times op-ed column, "The Morality of Meditation." “With mounting scientific evidence that the practice can enhance creativity, memory Continue Reading

Lessons on Stress From the Gazelle

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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 learning life lessons from his grandchildren, or relaxing in his garden. Have we ever been under quite so much stress as we are now to conquer stress in our daily lives? A tsunami of information whirls through the social media about the bondage imposed by overcrowded lives and the detrimental effects upon health, family, social Continue Reading

Essential tools for healthy lives

Boston-based guest blogger, Kim Shippey, devours books from many fields in his regular job as a staff editor for the Christian Science Sentinel. I have recently read a book by two psychotherapists with a combined 60 years of counseling experience, Phil Stutz and Barry Michaels. It’s titled The Tools (Spiegel & Grau, New York, 2012), and their purpose, as the subtitle explains, is to transform the everyday problems everyone faces into “courage, confidence, and creativity.” Stutz and Continue Reading

Think BIG

This week's guest blogger, Kim Shippey, is an avid reader and an editor for the Christian Science Sentinel. His post takes a look at two books--one new and one a classic--that shed light on prayer and healing. Kim comes from a long tradition of practicing spiritual healing, and he writes this blog from his perspective of growing up with parents who were both Christian Science practitioners, dedicating their time to healing in their community after raising four children. A recent book by Rabbi Continue Reading