Days and Nights Filled With Light

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Today's blog is by Boston-based guest writer, Kim Shippey: Earlier this year, I escaped the snowiest winter in Boston's history to enjoy a few weeks in the late summer sunshine of South Africa. The transition was exhilarating. The days were filled with light. They were long and warm. Night skies were dominated by the Southern Cross and the Milky Way. The black-eyed bulbul sang contentedly for hours on end. Dolphins frolicked in the Indian Ocean nearby. The ripening cane was sugared by late Continue Reading

Do You Have an Ageless Attitude?

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On a rare trip down the snack aisle at Target, I publicly negotiated “healthy” options with my teenagers. They were scouting for chips after I’d turned down several, shall we say, unsavory options when the woman pulling up in her cart next to us proudly announced her mission: “I’m here to find Cape Cod chips for my 100 year old mother!” Unsolicited, she offered her mother’s secret to longevity as she perused the wide selection of snacks: “Daily walks, no alcohol, and a strong faith.” She Continue Reading

What if Nothing About You Needed Fixing?

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“Fixer Upper” has taken HGTV by storm. It’s the popular home design show featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines, a dynamic and totally endearing couple from Waco, Texas who are known for taking the worst house on the best street and turning it into the house everyone wants. I recently posted a video on my Facebook page featuring Joanna's story of her inspiring trust in God’s direction for her life purpose. Judging from the number of repeat shares, I suspect my husband and I weren’t the only ones Continue Reading

Two Women Who Left Their Mark on Health Care

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Where would we be today without the examples of women whose stories have been weaved into the fabric of our nation’s history? It’s a question The National Women’s History Project is asking us to consider in celebration of Women’s History Month. Two women stand out, both for their contributions to the field of healthcare and their extraordinary accomplishments in the time they lived. Neither let her corset constrict her calling to help people in great need. Both entered battlefields of Continue Reading

Mental Health and the Healing Power of Community

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Today’s guest blog is by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose commentary and book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith: The National Institute of Mental Health tells us that 18.6 percent of American adults have a diagnosable mental illness. That’s almost one fifth of the population. So, although many people may feel alone in their mental confusion, they’re not. This report was at the heart of an article by author and public Continue Reading

How Do You Know What’s True About Your Health?

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  A simple perusal of the day’s headlines points to a great stir in the health industry. With conflicting reports and opinions, the truth isn’t so black and white when it comes to many global issues, perhaps most importantly our health. For instance, now even the experts are questioning the routine removal of wisdom teeth and, after 40 years of government warnings, we’re celebrating the comeback of the egg as no longer a devil in white clothing. Or will these conclusions change in Continue Reading

The War on Sleep: A Holy Way to Get the “Sweetest” Rest

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Today's guest blog is by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith. It’s a disturbing thought that one of the fiercest—though not unexpected—causes of poor health in the United States is lack of health-restoring sleep. This was highlighted a few months ago in a well-researched report by Benjamin Dueholm titled, “The war against rest” (The Christian Century, November 17, 2014). The Continue Reading

How to Slay the Inner Dragons

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You can read and share this on Huffington Post here. My family has a holiday tradition of seeing the latest Hobbit films in 3D IMAX. We are all anticipating the release of the third and final film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” on December 17th. The second movie left off on a cliffhanger with Smaug, the dragon voiced by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch, abandoning his vast treasure on the Lonely Mountain in a great puff of wrath after hobbit hero, Bilbo Baggins, played by the Continue Reading

Looking for an Angel?

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There are times when we all need an angel. Even for the not particularly religious, an angel can come in very handy. My brother and I recently discussed our concept of angels. We both agreed that they aren't people wearing white robes with fluttering wings. You could say my study of Christian Science has brought angels down to earth. I think of them as good and pure ideas that come in quiet moments or even in loud, busy moments. They're always there, we just have to listen. They guide Continue Reading

Empathy’s Vital Connection to Your Health

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Scrolling through my Facebook feed I see a mix of posts ranging from the celebratory (weddings, milestones with children, anniversaries, etc.) to the more melancholic posts reaching out for empathy and compassion from the friend group. Here's a sampling: a friend receives an outpouring of heartfelt messages after her husband's passing; another friend is applauded on her personal transformation and encouraged to keep up her new healthy lifestyle; another receives encouragement in her job Continue Reading