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19 November 2017

Book Review: To Hear the Forest Sing: Some Musings On The Divine By Margaret Dulaney


To Hear the Forest Sing: Some Musings On The Divine
By Margaret Dulaney

To Hear the Forest Sing is a collection of different essays or musings, most of which came to Margaret Dulaney’s mind while walking through the forest with her dogs.

The essays touch on different aspects of the author’s life and most have an upbeat tone.  Many of these are spiritual in nature, but not espousing any one religion over the other.

There are several interesting stories that touch on connections to the hereafter.

If your taste in literature leans towards the more creative side of life, you will love To Hear the Forest Sing.  If you are searching for an answer to some of life’s questions, you just might find it in these pages.

We give To Hear the Forest Sing all five stars.  We think it is well-written and inspired. It might be a nice gift to that poet inside of you or the one on your Christmas shopping list.


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Book Review: Softening the Grief By Joan E. Markwell, Janie Fields, Patricia Hollingsworth, and Susie McDonald


Softening the Grief
By Joan E. Markwell, Janie Fields, Patricia Hollingsworth, and Susie McDonald



Softening the Grief is a book written by and for women who have lost a child, and for those that love them and want to help them through such a heartbreaking time.


These women know, as I do, that the pain doesn’t stop just because the calendar ticks off two weeks or the friends stop coming by or calling. It is something that is in our hearts, a part of our being, until our own time comes.

This book lists many hurtful comments made by people that have not been there, that do not realize the hurt they are heaping upon an already broken heart. Suggestions for things to say instead of the usual “it happens to everybody” or “you have other children” are given. Most of the suggestions are good ones. A few, from my perspective, are just as hurtful as the original, unthinking comment.

These women and many others are members of a club that none of us wants to be in: The Bereaved Mothers Club. While Softening the Grief may be very helpful to those dealing with the loss of older and adult children, it doesn’t touch on the pain suffered by those who never got to know their children.  Those of us that have experienced miscarriage and stillbirth do not have memories of kindergarten or graduation or the other special moments with this child to lean back on. All we have is what might have been but never got a chance to be.

This book is great for the group that it serves. If you have a loved one in your life that has lost a child and you do not know how to help her deal with her traumatic loss, you will find this a good guide.

Softening the Grief earns 5 stars.  It is available if you need it and I pray you never do.




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Press Release: Humorous Oil Paintings of Pets Make for Unforgettable Christmas Gifts

Humorous Oil Paintings of Pets Make for Unforgettable Christmas Gifts

Anyone who is looking for that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift for the person who has everything can now buy their loved ones a gift they will never forget: an oil painting of their pet.

Follow our handsome model at @BalouBlue

There are few things anyone loves more than their pet.  This holiday season, those who are struggling to find the perfect, one-of-a-kind Christmas gift for the person who has everything can take heart that they have an option that is truly unique: an oil painting of the recipient’s pet.

Founder Chris Jensen says, “The love we get from our pets is unconditional. It's important to show them just how much we care for them, whether through walks, treats, or cuddles. With Nobilified, we give pet owners another to show the world how much we care about our furry loved ones.”

Which painting pet lovers choose all depends on the personality of the pet, whether you want Mittens memorialized as Napoleon Bonaparte or Fido memorialized as Jon Snow, from Game of Thrones, as blue Frenchie and “public figure” Balou Blue was painted.  

Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” and Bronzino’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Puppy” are popular choices.  Bruno Mars’s portrait of himself and his girlfriend even had his dog included in a Nobilified replica of Joseph Wright’s portrait of Thomas Gisborne and his wife.  When you’re selecting a painting as a gift, owners often enjoy a painting of what they love most, whether they juxtapose their fur baby in a famous oil painting from the 17th century, or a character from their favorite television show.

It’s not just dogs who have fun; cat lovers commission oil paintings of their favorite feline, too.  Jensen says, “Let's be honest, some of our feline friends tend to think they are emperors of their own empire. Nobilified helps us immortalize them through various a hand-painted oil portraits of them as Napoleon or Empress Dowager.”

For portraits of pets, Nobilified recommends customers select famous portraits that are from the waist up, which allows the artists to capture more details of the pet’s appearance.  Some examples include: Agnolo Bronzino’s portraits of Maria de Medici and Cosimo I de Medici, or even the Mona Lisa.

Jensen adds, “Getting someone a cool painting of their pet is a sure way to make them love you.  There are those people in our lives who have absolutely everything they could ever need. In these cases, commissioning a painting of their pets is a sure way to put a smile on their face and some love in their hearts."

What is Nobilified
So, what is Nobilified? Nobilified makes it easy to commission a hand-painted oil painting that is unique and tailored to its recipients tastes or hobbies. Nobilified helps cut down the process of commissioning a portrait from days down to minutes. The process is simple: select the painting or image of your choice, upload a clear selfie, and let us know whether you would prefer Louis XIV’s sweet wig, or whether you would rather Jim keep his own haircut. Check out using our secure system, and wait patiently while our classically trained artist turns your idea—brushstroke by brushstroke—into a masterpiece.  We then send you a photo of the painting before shipping to ensure satisfaction.

How the Process Works
The process is simple: customers can simply upload a picture of the person who they want to create a portrait of and select the oil painting that they want to add the recipient to.  Pets, significant others, and children can be added to the portrait as well alongside fire-breathing unicorns, Nyan cats and UFO’s.

Nobilified
Nobilified is dedicated to revolutionizing the art world. Nobilified believes that while not everyone may have the artistic skills required to paint a masterpiece, everyone possesses an intuitively creative mind. At Nobilified, customer dreams and fantasies are transformed into actual works of art, which can proudly displayed in any home, dorm, office, cabin, yacht, or even a swanky Chateau. Everyone has an artistic side, and everyone sees the world in their own unique way. Nobilified wants this diversity to make an imprint on the course of art history by immortalizing customers’ wildest dreams.

In addition to providing high quality oil paintings, Nobilified wants to change the way people perceive art, by making it fun and accessible, thus giving customers the opportunity to share or gift a unique custom made oil painting with friends and family. No longer will having an oil painting of oneself hanging above the chimney be out-of-reach. This privilege used to be reserved for the upper tiers of society, but, now, it is shared with everyone, even if they are not knighted. A unique, hand-painted, oil-on-canvas work of art can add a touch of grandeur to any living quarters.

To see more photos of Balou Blue, please check him out on Instagram @BalouBlue

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18 November 2017

Book Review: Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons, Laughter By Sanda Neshin Bernstein, PSY.D. and Wendy Satin Rapaport, PSY.D., L.C.S.W.


Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons, Laughter
By Sanda Neshin Bernstein, PSY.D. and Wendy Satin Rapaport, PSY.D., L.C.S.W.

Friendship Matters is a book about interacting with friends in ways that help to grow and deepen the friendship and the individuals themselves. It is about the decades long friendship between the two authors - Wendy and Sandy - and is written in a conversational style.


Friendship Matters is an interesting book and parts are very entertaining. It was written by two psychologists and they talk like you would expect psychologists to talk. Their suggestions are sound, in my opinion, but I just can’t picture having conversations like theirs with any of my friends!

We are encouraged to slow down and think about things rather than reacting on assumptions. Sandy and Wendy give examples from their own lives together and experiences they’ve had with others.

If you want to learn ways to grow your friendships to a deeper level and improve your relationship all around, I think you will enjoy Friendship Matters and find it to be a useful guide.

Friendship Matters is well-written and mostly easy to follow. It earns 5 stars based on all the thinking it made me do!



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17 November 2017

Guest Post: Tried and True Tips for Beating Holiday Weight Gain

 
Tried and True Tips for Beating Holiday Weight Gain


FAIRFAX, Virginia – (November 15, 2017) – According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 60% of adult women in the country are considered overweight. While this is something to be concerned with all year long, it’s especially troublesome during the holiday season. Throughout the holidays at this time of the year, people are more prone to pack on a few extra pounds. The problem is that while the season is short, that weight gain can last a lifetime. Adding a few extra pounds every holiday season can lead to a big problem that puts people at risk for poor health.

“Most people are surrounded by lots of good, but unhealthy food choices during the holidays,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “It’s so easy to overeat and consume more calories than you even realize. This is especially true at holiday parties and special dinners.”

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American consumes over 4,500 calories and around 229 grams of fat during a typical holiday gathering. This includes the snacking, holiday meal, and desserts they may consume that day. The calories and fat can quickly add up, and with people grazing all day, they may not be aware of just how much it’s added up to.

Those who want to avoid holiday weight gain can, if they know a few tried and true tips that will help them successfully get through the meals. Here are a few effective tips that will help beat holiday weight gain:

  • Manage your indulgences. Try small tastes of what you want to try, rather than having an entire serving. Keep good mental notes on what you've eaten and when. Sometimes it's easy to forget you had a big breakfast, went out to a holiday party at lunchtime, and are now at a friend's holiday party surrounded by eggnog and treats. If you remember those things, you may be more likely to naturally minimize the feeling of wanting to dive headfirst into the punch bowl.

  • Pick and choose events. Just because you are invited to events does not mean you must go to them all. Be selective if you get invited to many, choosing the ones you really want to attend. Not only will this probably save on the over indulgences, but it will also allow you to slow down and not feel rushed all winter.

  • Remember summer. It will be summer again, and sooner than you think. It is nice getting to wear warm, comfortable clothes, but don't let that lull you into thinking you'll be wearing them year-round.

  • Eat ahead of time. If you have something small to eat before attending a party, you will be less likely to overeat once you are there. Make what you eat ahead of time healthy, such as some salad or raw veggies with hummus.

  • Watch your choices. Holiday parties and dinners are filled with many options, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to opt for the healthier choices. Look for lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and try to avoid drinking too much alcohol, which is loaded with empty calories.

  • Plan ahead. If you know you will be going to a party or holiday dinner, try to eat healthy at your other meals throughout the day. This way you don’t sabotage your diet all day long. Also, avoid standing anywhere near the food in order to mingle with people. Doing that will put you in a position to unknowingly graze and pick up hundreds of extra calories.

“Even if you are diligent in maintaining your exercise program, you have to watch your food intake during the holidays,” added Coach Walls. “You can’t out exercise a bad diet. The food you eat and the amount of calories you consume play a huge role. You can get through the holidays without gaining that extra 5-10 pounds, but it’s going to take some effort.”

While it’s important to eat healthy all year long, it becomes especially so during the holiday season when there are so many temptations. Opting for healthy foods will help keep you feeling good, having high energy during what is often a stressful season, and will help you avoid weight gain. Healthy foods to include in your diet are those that are high in fiber and are nutrient dense, including fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein, and whole grains. At holiday parties, look for the fruit and veggie tray and salads, and fill half of your plate with them, leaving only a little room for other options.

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, and has an online coaching program. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.
Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.



Sources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Overweight, obesity, and weight loss. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/overweight-obesity-and-weight-loss

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