For those who may be unfamiliar with the origins of the holiday, Easter is Christianity’s commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus three days after his crucifixion, although much of its symbolism is borrowed from the Jewish Passover, a much older tradition celebrated around the same time of year. (For details on the origins of the Easter Bunny, you’ll have to read someone else’s column).
Non so come sono le regole a casa vostra, ma a casa mia, nonostante vari tentativi di cambiare questa consuetudine, tocca sempre a me buttare l'immondizia. Alcune volte sono molto scocciata, ma altre volte lo vivo come un atto liberatorio.
Fifty years ago this week, an incredible journey successfully concluded on an airport runway in Columbus, Ohio. Jerrie Mock had just completed a 22,800 mile trek in her Cessna 180 Skywagon, affectionately nicknamed Three Eight Charlie. She was the first woman to fly solo around the world.
My family and I were at the airport when she landed, along with a few thousand other eager fans, including Mrs. John Glenn, Mrs. Scott Carpenter, the governor and other dignitaries. It was a big deal for women, aviation, and a testament to the human spirit.
“The kind of innovative healthcare to which I look forward is the one rooted in human values and in spirituality, which will help us come together as we move forward into the 21st century,” she said in her keynote address. She continued, “Please do not look at healthcare innovation only in terms of technology, training and medical education, but in terms of poor society, nurturing to the basics towards creating a healthy society in the best sense of the word.”
The marriage covenant is one of the most significant relationships we can enter into with someone else. We anticipate good things when we couple up in this way.
I also see the marriage pact as an expression of my relationship to a supreme Being. If I can love God unconditionally despite the attraction of materialism, then I develop a state of mind that naturally loves and reveres my wife as well.
I felt really privileged to have time to amble through the cemetery on one of those picture perfect mornings recently. As I ventured further in, the structure of the cemetery impressed me. Dating from the 1860s, I discovered that early graves and headstones were grouped according to the professed religion of the deceased. Some of the signs read: Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Other Christian, Muslim.
Stress. We would all be hard pressed (pun intended) to find someone who hasn’t had to deal with a stressful situation. And we’ve all heard from researchers and clinicians that the flight-or-flight response commonly attributed to stress affects health. How? It turns off the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms, which help maintain heart health, fight cancer and infection, and hold off symptoms of aging. While poor diet, inactivity, bad habits, and sleep deprivation are all linked to poor health, the thoughts you entertain when you are stressed are just as disease-promoting.
When Dr. Harold Koenig met with one of his long-term suicidal patients, he did something most doctors might not do — he prayed for his patient — imploring God to help her make it just one more day.
But instead, he got more than he bargained for. Her mental illness cleared completely and she stopped taking medication. “By golly, a miracle occurred,” said Koenig, director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health.
An Australian study has set the cat among the pigeons by claiming homeopathy is ineffective, prompting fierce debate between skeptics and adherents. But could it be that there’s more to homeopathy than meets the eye of either critics or supporters!
Modern life does not tend towards the cultivation of a connected community. Boxed into small – but fully wired – apartments, or living in suburbs where we need a car just to go for litre of milk, we tend to live in our own little world. We do not sit on the porch to watch children playing in the street, take casual walks around the neighborhood or find ourselves at a nearby park bench visiting with neighbors. Our lives feel too busy for such time-consuming activities. However, the result of these increasingly connected but individualistic lifestyles is loneliness.