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Relieve stress with nature’s sweet symphony of bird song

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Thanks to Zdeněk Macháček @zmachacek for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

The melody of the bird songs can relieve stress as it arouses a positive spirit, bliss, and a feeling of hopefulness promulgated by springtime, which signals the natural world to renew.

As birds joyously sing while discovering their new homes to build nests and procreation begins, new life will start anew.

In spring, nature becomes green again. Even after destructive fires, new life grows unburdened. The destruction and rebirth include plant, insect, and animal life.

One glorious advent that signifies springtime is our bird kingdom’s escalating, resonant sound. The melodious birdsong greets us in the morning as we wake.

Nature’s symphony delights and soothes the human soul, reminding us that we are not alone and a part of a finely tuned life and global experience.

There is no better time than now to take stock of the beautiful world around us, as variants of COVID arise and war in Ukraine grips the globe filling us with a sense of uncertainty and fear.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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Thanks to Alireza Attari @alireza_attari for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a yearly reminder that it is my honor to serve persons with developmental disabilities through my company’s work for the last three decades. Much has thankfully changed for the better relative to anti-discrimination and other laws which protect those who may seem different.

We all must remember the progress we have made to treat those with developmental disabilities as unique and powerful people.

In early childhood, a playground fence divided classmates from those who were at that time called “retarded.” It would be difficult not to remember a little boy named Billy, a classmate at that time.

Billy was a lovely boy but had difficulty playing sports due to apparent challenges with coordination. It was painful to watch other, more capable boys jeer and make fun of him.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

May the spring equinox bring great light

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Thanks to Sonia Cervantes @zonia for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

The spring equinox begins on March 20, 2022, at 11:33 am ET as the sun’s rays cross from the southern hemisphere into the northern hemisphere. This event marks the official first day of spring.

What does the spring equinox mean to those living in the northern hemisphere?

The sun is shining directly over the equator during that time–delighting both hemispheres with equal amounts of sunlight. Joyousness resounds as longer days of sunlight and warmer temperatures provide increased opportunities for maximizing life’s experiences.

Springtime activities increase with opportunities for greater varieties of outdoor recreation, more time to spend with family and friends, and more possibilities for parties and other social engagements.

Our bodies respond with glee as it soaks up springtime sun absorbing increased Vitamin D with its positive benefits for our bones, immune system, and well-being.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in Communities Digital News.

Ukraine and its lesson in resilience for the World

Ukrainan folk dance screenshot via YouTube/Metelitsa Kirovohrad

Ukrainan folk dance screenshot via YouTube/Metelitsa Kirovohrad

 

Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

The country of Ukraine, as of this writing and publication, is embroiled in an onslaught of hate and madness brought about by the Russian government that cannot abide with peace nor acceptance of the desire for freedom.

Outnumbered in troops, armament, and many forms of defense, the Ukrainian people are fighting for their very lives, homeland, and democratic way of life with the odds for success seemingly against them.

Ukraine is the second-largest European Country.

And it contributes some of the highest amounts of titanium, wheat, sugar beets, sunflower oil, natural gas and petroleum products produced world-wide.

A peaceful, joyful, and creative people, Ukrainians declared their independence in 1918; and, later officially adopted independence in 1990 by the Declaration of State Sovereignty by parliamentary process.

The Ukrainian unfortunate plight is being watched throughout the global community with sadness, disbelief and awe that any peoples could display such extreme courageousness and determination; and, relentless refusal to ever give up.

The beauty within this horrific event is witnessing the heart and soul of those who would give up their lives for their right to be free and live in a democracy.  Ask yourself, could you so easily walk away from your home with only what you can carry?

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Dark chocolate-covered strawberries: Food is Good Medicine Series Two

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Thanks to Sandi Mager @sandimagerart for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

It is Valentine’s Day and love is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with dark chocolate-covered strawberries!

From children to older adults alike, generations of people across the globe anticipate this annual day to celebrate love while eagerly awaiting to discover who truly cares the most.

Love, we are learning, is essential to childhood development and longevity because of its life-enriching, nurturing elements of caring, attachment, protectiveness and trust.

Inspirational shades of the color red visually dominate greeting cards, gift boxes, advertising and more signaling that it is time for the human heart to become visible and available for those beloved and shared with open displays of passion, affection and sometimes secret longings bursting from within.

One of the most popular gifts given on Valentine’s Day is chocolate candy, and it is often presented in heart-shaped red boxes.

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Heart Month: Healthful tips you can take to heart

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Thanks to DESIGNECOLOGIST @designecologist for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

February is American Heart Month is the perfect time to love your heart!

According to the CDC, almost half of Americans have one of the three factors that put them at risk for heart disease.

The top three risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking, and millions of Americans suffer from high blood pressure.

Part of the U.S. Department of Health, and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Disease Prevention offers these suggestions that can help you and your family live a heart-healthy lifestyle:

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The magnificent orange: Food is Good Medicine Series One

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Thanks to Philippe Gauthier @phil_gauthier for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

When thinking about an orange, it is impossible not to have flashbacks of early childhood experiences driving with family from San Diego to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Miles and miles of orange groves lined the highway, with magnificent bursts of oranges amidst what appeared like never-ending groves; and with fragrant intoxicating scents of orange blossoms beckoning to passers-by.

Orange perfume in small bottles delicately wrapped and then adorned with one tiny orange blossom. was sold in little shops.

The memory is one this writer carries to this day, especially important as groves of orange trees have been largely replaced with massive development, freeways, traffic, and influxes of businesses, homes, and people.
Originating from the warm areas of South and Southeast China, oranges have a history back to before Christ in what is today regions of India and China. This round, juicy citrus fruit now grows in many warm regions around the world.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

Is AB 1400 the single payer panacea for all Californians?

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

With the passage of California’s Assembly Bill AB 1400 which permits the creation of a single-payer health care system for all Californians, there is still much debate and due diligence occurring ahead.

Also known as “The Guaranteed Health Care Act for All” hereinafter “CalCare”, and by Lead Authors Assembly Persons Kalra and Santiago, it would establish a 9-person executive board to oversee a newly formed state run independent public entity responsible for billions of dollars and millions of lives.

This would also constitute an Act to Title 23 (commencing with Section 10060) to the Government Code relating to health care coverages while making it an appropriation.

There is no doubt that the 60 plus age cohort which is growing 3 times greater than other age groups, coupled with the decades-old problem of the uninsured, have propelled this action and concern.

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Prevention is the message as we reflect on Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Thanks to Ion Fet @ionfet for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and brings to the fore a message of prevention and hope, which is something we can’t lose sight of.

The precious gift of sight, one of the most critical of all the senses, is not able to be fully experienced or enjoyed by those affected with glaucoma.

Over 3 million Americans and over 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma, according to the CDC.
In fact, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, due to damage to the optic nerve.

Glaucoma is a stealthy disease of the eyes, affecting one or both of them. It may occur without any obvious symptoms. If left untreated, it will gradually lead to ever-increasing loss of sight, and possibly blindness.

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A New Years Resolution for Resilience with a lesson from the ant

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Thanks to Christian Lischka SJ @lisch for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁
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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

The new year is traditionally a time for reflection and setting new goals with anticipation, but for many Americans, optimism could be lower and levels of uncertainty higher at this usually inspiring time. Going into a new year with resilience and fortitude is an excellent resolution.

There were thoughts by some that COVID would be over within a few months when it first occurred unexpectedly in 2020–and here we still are!

The ups and downs of it; the uncertainty of it; and all the continuously changing procedures and protocols for surviving COVID 19 have been shocking. Adding to the mix of uncertainties are concerns for our economy, education, safety, health care, supply, employment, illness, losses, politics and the world-at-large.

It is understandable if some experience disappointment, anxiety, depression and the like during such uncertain times.

“We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live.”
-Cesar Chavez

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.