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  • respond, don't react

    6/21/2021 5:44:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Resilience is not what happens to you. It's how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you. - Author: Jeffrey Gitomer So many times in life, I have just reacted to what has gone on around me. I am learning to respond with what will help instead of just letting out my emotions.... Read more

  • Change is here

    6/20/2021 5:53:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    I knew that this day would come. I just didn't know how much it would affect me. I've worked with a certain student for 6 years, and now he's graduating. I've seen him change from a boy into a man. It has been quite an experience. He has been looking forward to this experience for quite a... Read more

  • My Time

    6/19/2021 5:12:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have 2 weeks of summer vacation before Summer school starts. Summer school starts.  It is up to me to find the rest and refreshment that I need. It is up to me to find the rest and refreshment that I need. I could waste this break by focusing on the unimportant busyness of life.   Or I co... Read more

  • Last Day of School!

    6/18/2021 4:54:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's the famous last day of school for me. Both students and staff have worked hard and are ready for a break. I'm ready to go camping and to relax. I will have 2 weeks off before ESY (Extended School Year) starts, and I'll spend some time preparing for it. Summer is here, and it feels goo... Read more

  • Gluten free breakfast

    6/17/2021 8:13:29 AM, by VERDERANA991

    Getting sick of oatmeal. Need to find fast and filling replacement.... Read more

  • Friends Make The Difference

    6/17/2021 4:42:41 AM, by JSTETSER

    Don't try to make it through life without friends. Take time to cultivate your friendships with healthy people. What a difference it makes! I have helped my friends when they needed me, and when I went through a time of depression, my friends pulled me though. Having a friend to walk and ... Read more

  • Pine Mountain

    6/16/2021 4:45:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Pine Mountain is located near Gorham, NH. It is about 130 miles from our home, and on Sunday, we had a chance to hike it. Up above treeline the distance I see This is the place where my spirit is free It's a quiet place few people around On top of the mountain that's where I am found ... Read more

  • Respect Yourself!

    6/15/2021 4:55:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Respect yourself enough to do what is good for you. Walk away from those things that will hurt you. Confucius say: Respect yourself and others will respect you. You deserve the best! Eat right! Exercise! Take time to care for yourself and don't tolerate the disrespect of others.... Read more

  • Finding My Roots

    6/14/2021 4:51:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    I’ve been watching Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Lewis Gates Jr. for years. I’ve dreamed of having a professional study out my family tree, and bring me the results. I would laugh and cry. It would be an amazing day. I went so far as to write to the show and ask them to choose me for one ... Read more

  • Trying something New

    6/13/2021 5:29:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm slowly making the change over to the new Spark 360. I love the podcasts on Spark Unplug. I'm learning through this page how to destress each and every day. Today's practice on GRACE really helped me to focus on nourishment rather than depletion. I love the mindfulness podcasts in Spark... Read more

  • Simplicity.

    6/12/2021 4:51:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    The time has come for me to do some emotional housecleaning. I have to eliminate those things that are not working in my life. There are people to whom I give my time and energy to who drain my emotional battery. I have to cut back on the time that I give them. I have been on committees... Read more

  • New Path & New Plan

    6/11/2021 4:45:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a creature of habit and plans.  I love knowing what will come next.   This year is definitely different.   The old plan is not going to work anymore.   I have to change. I need to accept the fact that I'm changing and my life will never be the same. My first change is in my mind.   I'm... Read more

  • Lessons from a Porcupine

    6/10/2021 4:55:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Growing up, our family had dogs. I remember Brownie. He was a lovable mixed breed that my Dad got at the dog pound. We loved Brownie and had a great time with him. That is, until the day that Brownie met the porcupine. He came home crying, with a mouth full of quills. My Dad pulled th... Read more

  • Taking Charge!

    6/9/2021 4:51:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    About a month ago, I realized that something was off in my life. My mind was not functioning as well as it had in the recent past. My memory wasn't working well, I'd forget words and sometimes I'd think one word, but a different word came out of my mouth. I decided to take charge of my health.... Read more

  • Cognitive Decline and Stress

    6/8/2021 5:15:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently I had an MRI to check for signs of Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease in my brain. Thank God, there were no signs. My next area to look at is my stress levels. I have experienced a high level of chronic stress over the past year. It is time for me to slow down and listen to the signs of... Read more

  • Good Times Are Coming!

    6/7/2021 5:28:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    On my last visit, there were only two. Now there are 3. I am getting ready for a summer of fun and frolic! I'm going to play with the grandies and this motivates me to get ready for it. I have 2 areas of focus right now: my diet and my stamina level. In order to be ready for running, jumping... Read more

  • The Test.

    6/6/2021 5:19:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I went to Catholic Medical Center for an MRI. I have been experiencing some memory loss, and I got it checked out. The results were delivered to my FollowMyHealth account within an hour after the test. There is a normal amount of plaque in my brain for someone who is 65. I am not... Read more

  • No More Mask Making For Me!

    6/5/2021 5:17:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 16 months, I've taken a few minutes every day to check the COVID case count of my town and my state. Currently there are 1-4 cases in my town, with 0 new cases. ZERO! What a wonderful thing! For the first time since March of 2020, there are no new cases of COVID in Hillsboro, NH.... Read more

  • Common Diet Questions Answered

    6/4/2021 6:32:44 AM, by OLDEROWL

    How are your nutrition changes doing these days? Maybe you've been listening to some myths about what and when to eat. This article might help un-confuse you. 8 Things You Always Wanted to Know about Dieting Common Diet Questions Answered ~By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer~ 40 Your b... Read more

  • Talking with a professional

    6/4/2021 5:30:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have talked with friends and it has helped to a degree. Yesterday I took the time to talk with a professional about my problems and life situation. Sometimes, it's just worth having an objective opinion on what a person is facing. While I did not come out with a different life plan or ... Read more

  • In It For Life!

    6/3/2021 5:15:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    There is no quitting in the game of life. Maybe I don't like what might be around the next corner, but I'm going to remember my goal: I want to be in good health and be able to play with my grandkids until the day that they graduate from college. When things go wrong, as they sometimes ... Read more

  • Dealing with Cognitive Decline

    6/2/2021 5:05:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, my journey into my brain has begun. I'm reading Dr. Dale E Breseden't book The End of Alzheimer's (the first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline). and finding small ways to apply what he ways. 1. Get tested through your doctor to find out exactly where you are. 2 Id... Read more

  • Camping Surprises

    6/1/2021 5:23:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    I found several things that really surprised me at the campground this weekend. First, there are no ticks at the Saco River Hideaway Campground. They spray the area with an all-natural pesticide containing chrysanthemum oil. It is very nice to have no concerns about tick bites. Second, ... Read more

  • The Wet Camping Trip

    5/31/2021 7:12:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    This camping trip has the distinction of being a rainy one. We visited with the kids, I did some handstitching and reading before we shopped. The camper seems really small after spending three days in it. Today we go home to our big warm home and a big pile of laundry. Our garden has been w... Read more

  • Remember

    5/30/2021 5:29:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Look around you today and you'll find many ways to remember that this is a special day. There are American 🇺🇸 flags at half mast, parades and fireworks 🎆 as well as special ceremonies. It is important to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Now I am working to continue to b... Read more

  • Perfection the Hawaiian way HO'OPONOPONO

    5/29/2021 4:48:29 PM, by OLDEROWL

    “Ho’o” is Hawaiian for ‘to cause’ and “ponopono” is Hawaiian for ‘perfection’. According to the ancient Hawaiians, all error arises from thoughts that are tainted by painful memories from the past which causes imbalance and disease. To correct this, one needs to return to the state of wellbeing b... Read more

  • Will You Be There?

    5/29/2021 5:23:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    You just weren't there For the stroke For the eye surgery For the knee surgery For the finger amputation For the holidays You missed it all- The tears and the laughter. We could not share it with you. AND IT HURT! We needed you,  and you weren't there. The burden was so heavy at times.   ... Read more

  • The Rule Breaker!

    5/28/2021 4:55:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    This weekend we are going to visit two men who have become our friends. because of a clerical error, we were given a campsite. Technically, we should not have been given a campsite at a Maine campground since we are from New Hampshire. They were willing to break a rule to help us visit our f... Read more

  • Honoring the best in others

    5/27/2021 4:17:15 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I will do my best to honor others and make America better by: 1, Having clarity in what I want and acting accordingly: I did some soul searching and I want to encourage people to put aside their differences and live in harmony with their family, neighbors and fellow citizens as best as possible. ... Read more

  • Weight loss is for the Birds?

    5/27/2021 12:11:08 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Gaining weight is oh too easy, sometime trying to lose those extra pounds can be frustrating. Thought this article covered some basic helpful tips even if you have been at this a while (but remember, trial, error, and correction will lead to success). 6 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid Sma... Read more

  • Work The Plan!

    5/27/2021 5:05:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've gone through some tough times lately, but I have stayed with my healthy eating and exercise plan. I believe that following the plan is what helps me to recover from emotional lows like bad news. I have type 2 diabetes and have to watch my blood sugar (glucose) levels. My levels were... Read more

  • Children's Playmat

    5/26/2021 5:27:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 3 months, I have been working on making personalized playmats. I create the mat with each child in mind. This playmat is for James, the grandchild of my friend. The house looks like his house, and has his house number of the mailbox. The school looks like his school, and has its ... Read more

  • Taking Time

    5/25/2021 5:00:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    My life, just like yours,, is very busy. I normally only take time to visit my doctor when I absolutely have to. Not this time. I'm going to find out about something that may be lurking in the back of my mind. I may have the start of dementia. I've seen signs of it for years. I think tha... Read more

  • Don't Eat The Donuts!

    5/24/2021 4:57:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Saturday, I was very busy and did some mindless eating. I helped out at our church yard sale. Mike graciously stopped by with two dozen donuts, and yes, my favorite chocolate-covered was waiting for me. Once again, I fell for the donut without even thinking. I ate the whole thing and got ... Read more

  • Getting My Head Examined

    5/23/2021 4:50:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    It has taken me a long time to admit that I might have a problem. I get partway through a sentence and forget what I'm talking about. I forget words. Sometimes I mean to say one word and another word comes out of my mouth. These are very bad signs for a teacher and puts stress on my life. I ... Read more