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There are many exercise options out there, but the easiest and one of the best is right outside your front door. No gym membership or special equipment is needed, because one of the easiest exercise options we have is walking. When we switch over from daylight saving time and it is lighter in the morning, it’s tough because I’m not a morning person, but I try to reverse my schedule from walking after work to walking before I go to the office.  I also make sure to walk on th...
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“Music City” Here We Come

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While National Grandparent’s Day on Sunday, September 10th, hasn’t achieved the same recognition as Mother’s or Father’s Day, it is a perfect time to honor grandparents.  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter made it official and the Grandparent’s Day proclamation cited the day’s purpose was to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information,...
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I recently found myself with a dead cellphone battery and without a cellphone charger. It meant no texting, checking messages, looking at pictures of my dogs, Google fact checking or playing Words With Friends until I could get to a place where I could charge my phone.  It made me realize how dependent I have become on my cellphone. A recent article in Inc. Magazine by Cheryl Snapp Conner offered some cellphone do’s and don’ts (sins) that I think are worth mentioning and I&...
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The Many Benefits of Laughing

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  When was the last time you had a really good laugh? You may want to head to a comedy club or watch reruns of Saturday Night Live when you think about the many benefits from laughing, including relieving stress to helping personal relationships.Dr. Robert R. Provine, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Maryland and author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation, observed thousands of incidents of laughter occurring in everyday life. He concluded that while we...
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The 4th of July always seems to evoke powerful feelings and memories. We can’t help but feel blessed and thankful to live in this glorious country. Our AAHAM members have varied family roots. Some of our families have been in the U.S. for generations and some are newer arrivals. Although the journeys have been varied, in almost every case, the underlying reasons are the same; a yearning for freedom and the possibility of a better life. I’m especially appreciative of all the form...
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Success is something inherent in all of us (no one wants to fail). We strive to do as well as we can and want to succeed.Many motivational coaches recommend emulating people who are successful and embracing them as role models but sometimes this advice leaves people more confused. They ask themselves what are they doing wrong or what aren’t they doing.  A recent article in INC Magazine by psychotherapist Amy Morin has been very popular, “Mental Muscle: Successful People Don...
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Celebrate Mother’s Day Your Way

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 This Sunday is Mother’s Day. What could be considered a Hallmark card holiday, Mother’s Day has an interesting history.Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at a West Virginia church. She campaigned to recognize “Mother’s Day” to honor her mother,   Ann Jarvis. Ann had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and created ...
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The recent nationally televised error at the 89th Academy Awards was a lesson in crisis communications. There are many takeaways that unfolded from the huge gaffe when Warren Beatty, a presenter of the award, was given the wrong envelope.Since probably you either were watching the event unfold or have read about it afterwards, it isn’t necessary to recap the event but rather discuss what it teaches us in terms of lessons in crisis communications.An article in the February 25, New York Time...
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 National Volunteer Week (April 23-April 29) is an opportunity to honor people who volunteer. With AAHAM both at our local chapters and the national organization, the opportunities to volunteer are innumerable.Our members who give their time are quite remarkable.   Their stories serve to inspire others to find ways to contribute time and energy to local, national and global causes. In addition to volunteering with AAHAM; many of our members find the time and energy to raise their ...
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