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Catch Up Mondays: More Reasons To Crank Up The Stereo – revisited

This is a reminder that I need to crank up my stereo especially while I am sitting here in the office trying to be productive.

There was an article in Conscious Living linking music to increased immunity.  When I am down, I want to listen to music.  Not just any music.  I want music from my high school and college years.  Music from before I got sick.  Songs that when heard can transport me back to a very specific time in my life; a carefree time when I am healthy.

My friend Liz recently told me that she had heard about music therapy and Alzheimer’s Patients.  The theory was that if music was played from a time when the patients were younger, thought memories could be evoked.  I found this information on the Alzheimer’s Foundation (Most people associate music with important events and a wide array of emotions. The connection can be so strong that hearing a tune long after the occurrence evokes a memory of it.)

This is all the more reason for me to blast the oldies when I am home by myself or to download a few of these to my ipod and stick my ear buds in my ears and listen even when I am not by myself. I hope you enjoy my selections from my past.

Maggie May by Rod Stewart takes me right back to a local drive-in hanging out with friends from school. 

There are many more songs that can take me back to a particular time and place. Recently my sister and I were talking and reminiscing about songs on our drive back from the Daffodil Festival and Daffodil Hill. One of the musicians we began thinking about was Gordon Lightfoot. As we drove home, we tried to remember all the words to this song. I was a senior in high school about this time and my sister was a sophomore.

From my college years is Roberta Flack

I was reminded by Roberta Flack from acflory at Meeka’s Mind and again about Gordon Lightfoot by Anneb54

So what songs would you BLAST from your stereo? What kinds of memories would they bring back to you?

My Motto!


My daughter found this and now it hangs in my office so that I can see it when I am working.


Hello Everyone!

I am still floating in and out of the hospital and taking my mother back and forth. It’s Monday and I don’t even have a Catch-Up Monday post for you all.  Maybe later today when I return home.

I just read this quote and thought I would share it with you all.

“The worst thing about being strong is that no one ever asks if you’re OK”

How many of you can relate to this quote?

Heart of a Caregiver

For those suffering from chronic illness whether it be environmental illness (like mine), dealing with POTS, endometriosis, Marfan’s Syndrome, or Cancer, we rely heavily on our caregivers.  If we are fortunate, our caregivers are kind, caring, supporting, and will go to any extreme to help us battle through.  For me my biggest and most supportive caregiver has been my husband.  He built me a safe house, worked hard and sacrificed to allow me to go out-of-state for medical care, and shopped for me.

My dear blogger friend Karen Ingalls knows all to well what it is like to need a caregiver.  Karen battled Ovarian Cancer and her husband was beside her all the way.  Karen wrote a wonderful book entitled Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir.  Karen’s story moved me; the courage and inspiration she shares in her book is something that can benefit anyone no matter their chronic illness.

Karen recently discovered that her cancer has returned and will soon be fighting another battle.  She recently wrote a post entitled Praise and Gratitude to Caregivers.  In this post she shared a beautiful poem entitled Heart of a Caregiver.  Please take a moment to hop on over to Karen’s blog and read this lovely poem and learn about the wonderful and inspiring Karen Ingalls.



John Muir, an inspiration

A fellow member and chemical sensitivity sufferer on Planet Thrive wrote this blog post on the site.  I loved the way she wrote it and received permission to share this with you.  As part of MCS Awareness Month, I am highlighting her post.  I should also tell you that she lives out of a tent camping where she can find a safe place to be.  “V”, I thank you for your lovely words.  Thanks to her words, I now want to read this book myself.  Following is from her post:

I have been reading John Muir’s book My First Summer In the Sierra. He was a brillant man in many respects. Very observant, intelligent and articulate in describing his surroundings. It’s no wonder that many of his books and writings have survived over a hundred years.

One fine spring morning when the temperature was actually warm enough that I could wear just one layer of clothing, I was inspired to write a “Muir-esque” entry in my journal.

“Where I stand, God stands. All the forest is my place of worship. God, the All-Father, Creator and giver of life and wisdom is omnipresent. From the lowest of life to the mountains tall his beauty and grace are living testiment to his existence. No greater, grander or splendid was there ever a church or house of worship as what I stand in today. Mountains stand as examples on how to live. Firm foundations set deep, peaks forever reaching high into the heavens. How we should live by this example.

By love, wisdom and grace there go I into the woods, hills, desert and mountains, never seeking God the All Father for he is with me always.”

After writing this I couldn’t help by wonder if John Muir were alive today and wrote in the style he did, would he still be regarded as a great writer and philosopher or would he be titled “mentally ill” due to his grand and over reaching writing style.