Rethinking ADHD

By Phyllis K. Kennemer What is ADHD? A common definition states that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a mental disorder of the neuro-developmental type. It is characterized by problems with paying attention, excessive activity  and difficulty controlling behavior. Dr. Dale Archer, author of The ADHD Advantage: What You Thought Was a Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength, disagrees. He has interviewed hundreds of people with ADHD and he discovered as an adult that he also fits into this classification. He has found that people with ADHD symptoms possess the ability to do multitasking, are risk-takers, have physical and mental energy...

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Conscious Food Choices

By Phyllis K. Kennemer Why do we eat what we eat? This simple question is quite complex. The most obvious answer would be, “We eat what tastes good.” However, this is not as straightforward as one might expect because there is no universal agreement about what tastes good. Sense of taste in developed in the cultural traditions of our childhood. The choices available during that stage of life are generally based in ethnic and family traditions. As mature, we may retain some preferences for foods we ate as children, but we also begin to develop our own individual tastes....

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Fast Fashion

By Phyllis K. Kennemer Is clothing an enduring investment or is it a temporary treasure? Answers differ depending on age, occupation, social status and personal values. Trends in clothing have changed significantly over the years. Nowadays, few people wear custom-made clothes designed by local tailors and seamstresses. The production and distribution of clothing has transitioned over the years from handmade pieces to mass-produced, ready-to-wear styles. For many years, only the rich could afford to stay current with seasonal designs appearing on fashion show catwalks in New York, Paris and Milan. What is Fast Fashion? The concept of fast fashion...

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Attitude of Gratitude

By Phyllis Kennemer Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. — Melody Beattie Are you dreading the approaching holiday season? Are you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and anxious? What if you could give yourself a gift that will enhance your joy of the season beginning with Thanksgiving and carry on through the New Year? What if this gift could help you become more optimistic, think more creatively, and improve your health? Are you in? Then give yourself the gift of gratitude. Think about how your life could change if you made...

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Nourishing Your Soul

By Phyllis K. Kennemer What are you doing to nourish your soul? You are most likely aware of ways to keep your physical body healthy, but how often do you think about the care of your soul. How often do you consciously replenish the life force within you? And how can you do that anyway? If you think of your soul as the spiritual part of your being, you can visualize it as an open vessel, like an elongated tube or cup, extending through the trunk of your body. When you are filled up with the good in your...

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