Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash By Joan Ridsdel “I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey—a journey that requires a plan.” – Vivian Jokotade I was wandering around the bookstore some time ago, taking my time to browse through the shelves of so many intriguing-looking books, when a woman about my height and age caught my eye. She seemed immersed in the book she was holding, oblivious to anyone around her. I was glad because I didn’t want her to catch me watching her. You know how it is when you look up and someone’s looking [...]
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Photo by Heidi McClelland of Heidi McClelland Photography By Kristen Domingue When we met with Stephanie Willette, manager Ann Arbor Farmers market, we saw a woman who lives on purpose. Her conviction that drove every difficult choice clearly shines through, illuminating a life committed to values in not just thought, but also deed. Like so many of the women we feature on the cover of The Brick, Stephanie’s life showcases what’s possible when we organically follow our passion, one decision at a time—without needing to have an “end-goal” in mind. How it all started I did not think I would end [...]
Photo by Christian Fregnan on Unsplash by Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC Hello? Is the signal coming through? Can you hear what is essential to recognize in your own inner dialogue? Are you attending to exactly what your sweet, beautiful heart is calling out for amid the day-to-day rumblings filling your head? Just what, specifically, does it take for you to listen carefully to yourself? Have you ever really thought about this? How do you heed whatever noteworthy inner messages or intuitive callings you receive? If you can’t first hear yourself and attend to your own deep knowings, how can you expect [...]
Photo by Heidi McClelland of Heidi McClelland Photography By Kristen Domingue Our interview with Tammi Carr chronicles how she moved from loss to leading a life of impact through her work raising awareness and funding for DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma). If your children are experiencing grief over the loss of someone close to them, we encourage you to get support. Ele’s Place (https://www.elesplace.org/) is a wonderful resource for grieving families. If a child you know is battling pediatric brain cancer, the ChadTough Foundation, started by interviewee Tammi Carr and her husband Jason, is a resource that can support you and [...]
Photo by Kelsey Chance on Unsplash By Stella Orange I’m looking for friends. I’m not talking about acquaintances, associates, or neighbors. I’m talking about the sorts of people who you don’t have to put a bra on for before they come over. I’m talking people who like to have meandering conversations on the couch. I’m talking about people with whom I can share meals, vacations, and other schemes. When I was first out of college, I lived in a Japanese village in a small house with woven straw mat floors, a five-minute walk from the middle school where I taught English. I was befriended [...]
Photo by Katie Drazdauskaite on Unsplash By Lisa Profera MD Every cell in our body must be near a capillary bed for optimal function — wouldn’t you want your 100 trillion cells to have access to fresh blood flow every minute of every day? It’s amazing to me how this is not the case in so many people. Healthy tissues and organ systems require healthy cells supplied by healthy blood flow. Proper oxygenation and delivery of nutrients to every cell in your body is dependent upon this. Equally important is the efficient removal of carbon dioxide and waste products of metabolism. Without this exchange, [...]