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Dealing with grief: & more

As many years as I’ve been in the health field, it’s never been easy to lose someone, whether personally or professionally. Although it’s something many people avoid talking about, death & the grief that follows it are unavoidable.

I was reminded of this recently after losing a lifelong friend who lost her battle with cancer. We knew some months ago that we would lose her… but it didn’t make it any easier. My grief is something I’m still dealing with (& know I will continue to deal with). I’ve been doing a lot of research for Public Health Corps on this topic lately in an effort to help any of our readers who may be going through a similar difficult time, & I thought I would share some of my findings with you, as well.

Laid to Rest at Home: How to Plan a Home Memorial Service for Your Departed Loved One

The New Stages of Grief: 5 Tasks, No Timeline

Final Logistics: A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Loved One’s Belongings After Their Death:

Supporting a Child When Someone Dies:

Coping with a Child’s Illness While You’re in Recovery: Learn Coping Methods While Going Through this Difficult Time:

Dementia Patients and Grief:

The Guide to Pet Bereavement: What to Expect After the Loss of a Loved One:

When Grief Becomes a Mental Health Issue:   340 S Lemon Ave #5780 | Walnut, CA 91789

Transformational power of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA

Transformational power* of the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA!

INSPIRING remarks from

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s attorney daughter, I drew this conclusion:  humans have a choice:  peace or extinction.  She received a prolonged, standing ovation.

Bill Gates:  When The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new pledge of millions more in “$2-for-$1 matching” dollars to End Polio Now, Bill said that as important as the dollars are (to end polio), the most important assets are the Rotarians & friends of Rotarians who go into & throughout the most dangerous countries to administer the vaccine & thus prevent a crippling, potentially life-diminishing, preventable disease.  A photo of an almost completely covered Pakistani woman was displayed at that point.  The photo could also have been of our beloved Judy & John Hutcherson.

The CEO of Coca-Cola mentioned Coke’s three international priorities:  water, women & communities.  Water:  because Coca-Cola uses so much of it, so they’re ever watchful to be thoughtful stewards of the resource;  women:  because women who are encouraged to become entrepreneurs can change the world for the better; & communities – to help them thrive … which also helps Coca-Cola financially prosper as well.   As a direct result of his presentation, today I actually passed over “my” drink-of-choice:  diet Mt. Dew & purchased a diet Coke instead.

Andrew Young — as wise as he was humorous.  He marched next to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King during the 1960s & concluded that much of the civil rights progress in the US was in direct response to businesses’ understanding the financial importance of our brothers & sisters of color. — & that the more they prospered, the more everyone prospered.  Although Young was trained to be humble, he chuckled that it’s hard to be humble when Atlanta named a street in his honor.

PERSONAL THRILLS:  I met a PDG who is in the hometown of my best friend (he just doesn’t yet know it) Dr. Pol – the naturally hilarious, kind, 70-ish-year-old  veterinarian in a National Geographic TV network series.  She promised to give my business card to him & to tell him “Hi” from his ardent “fan:”  me.  He’s an Honorary Rotarian in Mt. Pleasant, MI; a Paul Harris Fellow & regularly invited speaker at Rotary clubs & other Rotary events).

I got to see a woman from India donate $1M to End Polio Now.  What I was sputtering about her generosity, someone said that this is the 5th time she’s donated $1M!

I accidentally got seated next to an incoming trustee for The Rotary Foundation.  After everyone at the table introduced ourselves, she said, “Do you remember that we already know each other?”  Oh, my:  I was clueless & embarrassed not to have recognized her.  She was the RI President’s Representative who came to FBG when we dedicated the Skate Park & inducted 5 new members – the stunning visitor who wore a straw hat.  And there she was again … serendipitously seated next to me.  As you may know, during her time in our Rotary district, she & incoming DG Carol Holmes became best friends.

In the AKS lounge (a quiet, light-refreshment area for donors of $250,000 & more), I met a new friend from Kansas City, KS.  We both vividly remembered the year (1962) when my Wichita (KS) East High School won the state basketball championship by having defeated his Wyandotte High School, the almost perpetual state basketball champion.  Small world.  Also, my “true love” boyfriend & I broke up that night. <sigh>

I met in person, the wonderful Rotarian in India whose project our club just donated $2.5K to – the artificial limb project.  He was so excited & grateful to hear about our donation.  And I got to meet both the leader & his brother – who oversee the girls’ toilet blocks project in India — we just donated $2.5K to.  Not only is the project helping girls AND boys stay in school (“prosperity insurance,” as I see it), they are helping families with sustainable, entrepreneurial projects & teaching hygiene / cleanliness habits to families.  Bottom line:  the project is growing & expanding.

I met a Rotarian from WI who told me about “at large” Peace Scholars (maybe that was the status of our Peace scholar Ghada & her connection with our district – not sure).  Anyway club(s) &/or district(s) may annually request (from The Rotary Foundation) an at large Peace Scholar at no charge to our club.  It would be the role of someone within our club to mentor the prospective scholar through the application process:  “easy if the applicant is proficient in English … more time-consuming if the student isn’t quite so proficient.”  If our board is interested, I’d be glad to share her contact information with the our club’s designee — for further information.

*  my transformational vision:  I eternally compound my exponential relevance … in fulfillment of Eternal Divine Light’s Highest Destiny purposes for ALL.


Cape Town (So. Africa) Society for the Blind:

Lizelle Van Wyk, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Town Society for the Blind      27 21 448 4302 / 27 79 575 0793 & www.CTSB.Co.ZA      You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C S Lewis

5- & 6-figure grants, money for college/university, peace fellowships & more: &


  1. Apply for Peace &


  1. Find out about $30K master’s-degree-level, scholarships for advanced study in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:*


  1. Learn more about Rotary’s 5- & 6-figure global grants … endless opportunities for service-, community- & faith-based & internationally focused folks; also for life-long students; current, former & retired faculty, staff, researchers & administrators at universities, colleges, experts throughout public health** & economic-development fields, too:

*Rotary’s six areas of focus for global grants:  [1] fighting disease, [2] providing clean water, [3] saving mothers & children, [4] supporting education, [5] promoting peace & [6] growing local economies  — via [a] humanitarian grants, [b] vocational training teams** & [c] scholarships.  Rotary’s six areas of focus build international relationships, improve lives & create a better world to support peace efforts & end polio forever.

**  Public health, healthcare experts &/or researchers, economic-development & other subject-matter-experts are needed by Rotarians & their community partners – for the planning & implementation of The Rotary Foundation’s five- & six-figure global grants.

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Health / medical / dental services of The Good Samaritan Center in Fredericksburg, TX

How much The Good Samaritan Center means to the uninsured families of our community!  The need continues to grow because nearly 90% of the Center’s patients DO NOT qualify for the federal health plan because they don’t earn enough to reach the poverty level.  The Center benefits us all because it takes a very significant load off the HCMH emergency room thereby keeping the hospital’s overall costs down.

Last year The Good Samaritan Center had 2,500+ medical appointments;  1,300 dental & hygiene appointments, dispensed nearly $400K medications at no charge; expanded the Medical Assistance Program to cover 500+ patients who received $1+M worth of medications donated by pharmaceutical companies.  The Center now has a full-time medical director,  who sees patients three days each week; a nurse practitioner who sees patients each Monday; & a Community Health Worker, who reaches hundreds of people outside the Center at health screenings, churches & through in-home visits.

All this is done through private donors who contribute 70+% of the Center’s $900K budget.  No public money, state, federal or municipal funds are accepted.  The Center’s quarterly newsletters  are the principal engine for maintaining contact with donors.

Spay-neuter vouchers for lower-cost spay-neuter of your / your adopted, feral or neighborhood cat(s) &/or dog(s) through the Humane Society of West Texas: & 806-239-2841

Contact & 806-239-2841 to purchase a Humane Society of West Texas (Lubbock, NW, Texas area) low-cost, spay-neuter voucher to have your adopted, neighborhood &/or feral cat(s) &/or dog(s) neutered.  HSWT’s free-roaming cat voucher is $67 & will cover spay/neuter, rabies & ear-tip.*

*  Ear-tipping is to make sure there is a noticeable feature to let animal services or others know that the cat has been spayed or neutered.  It protects the cat in case someone is trapping free-roaming cats & taking them to the pound.

The Lubbock-area veterinarians whom the Humane Society of W. TX works with are really amazing & do a lot to help needy animals in West Texas.  If you are adamant that the ear-tipping be different, you will have to contact the one of the vets & work something out with them; however, if the ears are not tipped in an obvious way, the kitty may be at risk.

Beth Howard, Office Manager, 806-239-2841

$cholarShip$ for Feb. 16 & 17 Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families in Lubbock, TX:

limited number of scholarships for the upcoming McKenzie Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families. &

Dealing with death



Helping Your Child Deal With Death


Overcoming the Loss of a Child Without Drugs or Alcohol: A Parent’s Guide


How Grief Can Make You Sick


Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age


How to Help an Elderly Parent Deal With the Death of a Spouse


How to Avoid Family Conflicts after the Death of a Parent


Coping With the Death of Your Pet

Keep your brain vibrant & clear: 3 all-natural, dementia-fighting habits & more!

3 all-natural, dementia-fighting habits:  [1] learn 1 new word a day in a foreign language; [2] play a musical instrument for 5 minutes a day; & [3] make 1 small change to your diet:  Unbreakable Brain:  Shield your brain from cognitive decline for life!  by Will Mitchell, DOM, LAs, MS Nutrition

Diet & vitamins can reverse symptoms of dementia:    avoid sugar; add MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) = most potent coconut oil; fish oil; B2, B6 & B12 vitamins, chicken salad, eggs, argula; music, socializing regularly.  “CogniForce” & & & & & & & & & & & & &      DISCLAIMER   This website is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Visitors are advised to consult their own doctors or other qualified health professional regarding the treatment of medical conditions. The author shall not be held liable or responsible for any misunderstanding or misuse of the information contained on this site or for any loss, damage, or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, directly or indirectly by any treatment, action, or application of any food or food source discussed in this website. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated the statements on this website. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Honor Military Veterans Now

Honors Military Veterans Now: & & 830-992-3375 & 830-767-0003; 103 Industrial Loop, Suite 1050; Fredericksburg, TX  78624

Eliminating hunger in military veterans’ lives while preserving their dignity, honor & respect.  $5 puts a hot meal into the waiting hands of a hungry veteran in TX.

Noon meals in 28 TX counties to 300 veterans, previously ignored because they were under age 60.

Rotary Foundation “World’s Outstanding” in 2016

Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016 – Press – AFP

Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016

November 15, 2016 

CONTACT: Michael Nilsen, Vice President, Public Affairs, (425) 241-4675

(Arlington, VA)  The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world—has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

From its first contribution of $26.50 almost a century ago, The Rotary Foundation’s assets have grown to approximately $1 billion, and more than $3 billion have been spent on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.

The Rotary Foundation’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. The Foundation’s advocacy efforts also have resulted in another $9 billion from world governments and foundations, increasing its impact.

Today, polio is on the verge of becoming only the second human disease ever to be eliminated, after smallpox, with a 99.9 percent decrease in cases since the initiative began.

To mark the Foundation’s centennial year, Rotary members aim to raise $300 million by July 2017. “We are honored to receive this recognition from the AFP, which give us even more reason to celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children, and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace.  We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”

Rotary clubs have long embraced the call for peace at the grassroots level by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and violence, such as hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy. In 2002, the Rotary Foundation took a direct approach by providing future leaders the tools to become catalysts for peace in their communities. Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of Rotary’s Peace Centers

in partnership with universities around the world. Today, more than 1,000 peace fellow alumni serve as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank.

“While almost everyone is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much an impact Rotary and the Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities across the globe,” said AFP President and CEO Jason Lee. “On behalf of the entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding Foundation.”

The Rotary Foundation will receive its award at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco, April 30 – May 2, 2017.

More information about The Rotary Foundation, along with the National Philanthropy Day Honors, can be obtained by contacting Michael Nilsen at (425) 241 – 4675 or

Link between mental health & addiction

The link between mental health & addiction:  many people don’t realize that addiction often co-occurs with other mental health disorders, & it’s critical to treat both conditions in order for afflicted individuals to live happier, healthier lives.

Resources related to mental health & addiction

Comorbidity with Substance Abuse

Schizophrenia and Addiction: The Guide to Unraveling Comorbidity and Finding the Path to Recovery

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

The Benefits of Exercise in Addiction Recovery

Swim Back to Health: The Guide to Aquatic Therapy for Recovering Addicts

Making the Connection: Trauma and Substance Abuse

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

How Service and Therapy Dogs are Helping PTSD Victims

Meaningful Work and Recovery

How long might you live?

How long might you live?     … however long we live, may we ever heed poet Emily dickinson’s alert:   EDEN is that old-fashioned House     We dwell in every day,     Without suspecting our abode     Until we drive away.     How fair, on looking back, the Day       We sauntered from the door,     Unconscious our returning     Discover it no more.

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Human body: every part is a miracle

The human body is a treasure trove of mysteries — confounding physicians & scientists about the details of its working. … every part of your body is a miracle. 

50 facts about your body:

  1. It’s possible for your body to survive without a surprisingly large fraction of its internal organs. Even if you lose your stomach, your spleen, 75% of your liver, 80% of your intestines, one kidney, one lung & virtually every organ from your pelvic & groin area, you wouldn’t be very healthy, but you would live.


  1. During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools. Actually, saliva is more important than you realize. If your saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.


  1. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg & the smallest is the male sperm. The egg is actually the only cell in the body that is visible by the naked eye.


  1. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue.  The hardest bone is the jawbone.


  1. Human feet have 52 bones, accounting for one quarter of all the human body’s bones.


  1. Feet have 500,000 sweat glands & can produce more than a pint of sweat a day.


  1. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades. The reason it doesn’t eat away at your stomach is that the cells of your stomach wall renew themselves so frequently that you get a new stomach lining every three to four days.


  1. The human lungs contain approximately 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) of airways and 300 to 500 million hollow cavities, having a total surface area of about 70 square meters, roughly the same area as one side of a tennis court. Furthermore, if all of the capillaries that surround the lung cavities were unwound and laid end to end, they would extend for about 992 kilometers. Also, your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.


  1. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph, while coughs clock in at about 60 mph.


  1. Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.


  1. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail three inches long.


  1. Earwax production is necessary for good ear health. It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt & even insects. It also cleans & lubricates the ear canal.


  1. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins, who smell the same.


  1. Your teeth start growing six months before you are born. This is why one out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born


  1. A baby’s head is one-quarter of its total length, but by the age of 25 will only be one-eighth of its total length. This is because people’s heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies.


  1. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. Some of the bones, like skull bones, get fused into each other, bringing down the total number.


  1. It’s not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time & manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else tickles you.


  1. Less than one-third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly.


  1. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. But if you are a woman, you are a better smeller than men & will remain a better smeller throughout your life.


  1. The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels.


  1. The three things pregnant women dream most of during their first trimester are frogs, worms and potted plants. Scientists have no idea why this is so, but attribute it to the growing imbalance of hormones in the body during pregnancy.


  1. The life span of a human hair is three to seven years on average. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. But don’t worry, you must lose over 50% of your scalp hairs before it is apparent to anyone.


  1. The human brain cell can hold five times as much information as an encyclopedia. Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream & is itself made up of 80% water. Though it interprets pain signals from the rest of the body, the brain itself cannot feel pain.


  1. The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.


  1. Your eyes are always the same size from birth, but your nose & ears never stop growing.


  1. By 60 years of age, 60% of men & 40% of women will snore.


  1. We are about one cm taller in the morning than in the evening, because during normal activities during the day, the cartilage in our knees & other areas slowly compress.


  1. The brain operates on the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb, even while you are sleeping. In fact, the brain is much more active at night than during the day.


  1. Nerve impulses to & from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles an hour.   Neurons continue to grow throughout human life. Information travels at different speeds within different types of neurons.


  1. It is a fact that people who dream more often & more vividly, on an average have a higher intelligence quotient.


  1. The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger.


  1. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body. This is true for men as well as women.


  1. There are as many hairs per square inch on your body as a chimpanzee.


  1. A human fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.


  1. By the age of 60, most people will have lost about half their taste buds.


  1. About 32 million bacteria call every inch of your skin home. But don’t worry, a majority of these are harmless or even helpful bacteria.


  1. The colder the room you sleep in, the higher the chances are that you’ll have a bad dream.


  1. Human lips have a reddish color because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin.


  1. Three hundred million cells die in the human body every minute.


  1. Like fingerprints, every individual has a unique tongue print that can be used for identification.


  1. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated.


  1. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.


  1. Humans can make do longer without food than sleep. Provided there is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat & other factors. Sleep deprived people, however, start experiencing radical personality & psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days, at the end of which the experimenter was awake, but stumbled over words, hallucinated & frequently forgot what he was doing.


  1. The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest blood type is A-H or Bombay blood, due to the location of its discovery. It has been found in fewer than 100 people since it was discovered.


  1. Every human spent about half an hour after being conceived, as a single cell.  Shortly afterward, the cells begin rapidly dividing & begin forming the components of a tiny embryo.


  1. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.


  1. Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren’t.


  1. Primates & koalas are the only animals with unique fingerprints.


  1. Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears.


  1. The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet into the air.