Category: Health & Wellness

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By Lois Flowers Sometimes, grace blooms in the unlikeliest of places, springing up like a surprise lily near the end of a hot, dry summer. My so-called child-bearing years lurched to a halt at the ripe old age of 41. This transition, if you want to call it that, was early but not totally unexpected. Years […]

By Dorothy Greco Last year when my doctor diagnosed me with a mild form of Hashimoto’s disease, she gave me two options: go on synthetic thyroid meds for the rest of my life or try the autoimmune paleo diet—a specialized version of the paleo diet.* Because I always experience side effects from whatever pharmaceutical I […]

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By Michele Morin Proverbs 16:31; Jude 12; Exodus 13:21,22 I can just barely admit this, but I have finally hauled all the cassette tapes–John Michael Talbot, Carole King, Billy Joel–out from under my bed. And I’m going to throw them away. Letting go of this one thing may not free my hands to grab hold […]

By Kim Post Watson What a great title! What a big fat lie! Here I am, developing tools for processing the midlife journey in faith communities, and feeling pretty excited after writing a blog post for The Perennial Gen, yet when I saw the topic of health for October, I just skipped on by. Health […]

By Debbie Baumgartner Last week, I was making a banner for a wedding, and I was stringing it with some beautiful–albeit fragile–yarn. Part way through the process, this beautiful fragile yarn snapped, so I made a knot and continued. I wove the yarn in and out of the holes at the top of each paper […]

by Susan Chamberlain Shipe It’s that time of year I get pensive, inward, quiet, reflective, meditative, and a bit disgruntled… Years ago this was my favorite week of the year – my happy birthday week – but when the fives became sixes, I didn’t like it so much! My friend and I were talking yesterday–and […]

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep My earliest memory of walking in the woods sets me inside the patch of forest preserve down the road from my grandmother’s house. The small house sat like a washing machine box with two windows cut out to let in the early morning sunshine and a view of the passing freight trains that roared and […]

By Dr. Aaron New As a person of faith, it has been interesting to study the history of my field, psychology and counseling.  For most of the twentieth century, people in this area of study have been hostile towards religion and spiritual faith. Many early psychiatrists and psychologists believed that religion was a cause of mental […]

True confession: I have a slight case of bigamy going. Relax. I’ve never actually met my other “husband” in person. Though I have been married to the same man since 1979, I have logged quite a few hours over the years—usually between midnight and 5 a.m.—with my other “husband”, Peter Francis Geraci. Mr. Geraci is a […]

By Beth J. Drechsel For most of my life I’ve been chronically ill with a hereditary blood coagulation defect. I suffer with joint and muscle pain, fatigue and sleep deprivation. For many years, despite my illness, I was able to use my spiritual gift, joyfully serving in my local church whereever that was: on the […]