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Washington Cherry Blossoms

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We are so excited to learn that the cherry blossoms will be blooming early again this year, right when you will be here for Legislative Day!  As you know, the folks here in the DMV (District, Maryland & Virginia) are crazy for our cherry blossoms!  According to the Washington Post, “for the third year in a row, cherry blossoms are likely to reach peak bloom on the early side in Washington. Already, green color has emerged in the buds at the Tidal Basin, indicating the bloom p...
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February is National Heart Month

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                                                          Practice Heart Healthy TipsFebruary is National Heart Month and I think it’s important to be reminded that making small changes now can lead towards a ...
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December seems to be a whirlwind month.  No sooner than the Halloween decorations are on sale in the craft stores, their aisles are filled with seasonal trimmings and we are immersed in the holidays. Thanksgiving seems to be less relevant and all the emphasis is on Christmas. But it’s a time of the year I love. There are so many traditions that families honor and hearing about these are wonderful.Christmas trees for example.  Many homes now celebrate with more than one tree ...
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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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