blank

Anybody Else Having Trouble Sleeping?

  I have a sleep history. For most of my adult life I have been a card-carrying insomniac. Waking at 3:00 am with a crazy energy, sweeping the front porch at dawn and banging pots and pans (or any other noisy handiwork) by 5:00 am. Loved ones stuffed toilet paper in their ears to deaden […]

Holidays Past & Time-Honored Tips – Best of Excursions

We’ve all made it through a pared down Thanksgiving 2020. And we’re on to December’s festivities. One good thing about the holidays this year, is that we are dealing with smaller, more intimate groups. For those in recovery, new or long-term, it takes the worry out of attending a large gathering. Or having to “explain” […]

blank

Finding Joy in an Unsettled World

I was sitting on a bench at Kirk Park taking in the fall colors, when a couple passed by. I watched them walk along the path toward Lake Michigan. A gale was blowing and they linked arms and bent against the wind off the water. The beach is eroded at Kirk Park, and there is […]

blank

The Role of Nurses in Addiction Treatment – Limelight

  The residential houses and outpatient facility at Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers are homelike and non-institutional for a reason. Treatment begins in a particular place, and an aesthetically pleasing environment can contribute toward reducing stress, promoting self-care, and serve as a vehicle to healing.   Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) & Medical Management However, behind the peaceful […]

blank

Kicking Up the Best of a Michigan Autumn (I’m not SAD)!

  My daughter and her husband visited from Florida last year to see the fall colors (and what a difference a year makes). Sometimes it’s nice to see the world through someone else’s eyes. For a couple of hot-house flowers, the weather was blustery, but the autumn color was at its finest and my guests […]

blank

11 Reasons Michigan Autumn is Good for Your Health

  Like a disoriented snowbird, I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, from Florida a few years ago. Florida – where everyone expects it to be sweltering from May until October, and temperate from November to April. Where people huddle inside hoodies and complain when the weather drops beneath 50 degrees. Where there is nary a […]

blank

Living Michigan Recovery – Best of Excursions

During the past six months, it has been a boon to live in Michigan. Especially for those in recovery from substance use disorders. With 103 state parks and recreation areas covering 306,000 acres, and lots of wide open spaces, those who were feeling cabin-bound were able to explore safely. And we all know that exercise […]

blank

Sobriety Makes You Prettier – It’s Better than Botox!

  For a time, my office was in an outbuilding next to Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I work for Sanford, and I’m am also in recovery, so I am acutely aware of the havoc alcohol can play on a person’s appearance. My […]

blank

Anxiety Disorder 2020 – What are the Signs?

During a family Zoom meeting last week, my son asked us a question his boss had posed in another Zoom meeting. The question was, “What new thing have you learned during the pandemic?” My son, who is clever as well as handsome, answered, “I built a table from scratch.” Another person said, “I learned to […]

blank

Boundaries, New Life, Nutrition Reboot – The Best of Excursions

It’s spring and in Michigan everything is chirping, budding and flowering. It makes you feel alive, awakened after a long sleep …  We’ve been distancing for several weeks, and one of the interesting things that seems to have come from our stay-at-home charge, is determining what is essential.  So, as the world begins to open […]

blank