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Jill W.

Jill W.

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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    Thank yo for the E Lynn M! I will try this after my nap. The weather in Chicago can't make up it's mind. Sunny one minute and graying the next. Cool in the mid 50's , but a predicted high of 80! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Stand facing a wall with your feet hip-width apart. Step about 12 inches (30 centimeters) away from the wall. Put your hands flat against the wall at about shoulder height. Place your right toes and the ball of your foot against the wall, keeping your heel on the floor. (It may be more comfortable to take your shoes off first.) Lean toward the wall slightly until you feel a stretch in your right calf. Hold the stretch for 15 seconds, then repeat with your left foot against the wall.

    Why it matters

    This challenge provides a nice stretch for your calf muscles and Achilles tendon, which connects your calf to your heel bone. Stretching this part of your leg can relieve tension and improve flexibility, especially if you've been sitting for long periods or wearing high-heeled shoes.

    Fun fact

    An advertiser started calling tennis shoes "sneakers" in 1917, naming them for the soft rubber soles that allow the wearer to "sneak up" on his or her friends

    "Stretch your heel and calf by flexing your foot against a wall. Hold for 15 seconds on each side"

    May 23, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
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    Robert W, Sheila C and Sandy W sent E today. Thank you!

    Rae and I adopted 4 boys. Jimmy is my Godson. We received him after his father died from cancer. His mother , my friend from high school, did a great job during very difficult conditions . She got him through High School, but he was in no way prepared to be on his own. His sister tried to help him, but that lasted 6 months. Rae and I picked him up and have had him in our home ever since. Children that have interruptions during childhood take a bit more time to develop. Jimmy will turn 31 tomorrow. We will celebrate at dinner tonight. We have given him the gift of time. He is 2 credits from his Bachelors degree. He has a job with UPS, He is in his own apartment, He has a huge heart. He stops by to visit almost every day. We watch Jeopardy together, even though he hates that! We will always be there for him.

    Think of one way you can offer the gift of your time to someone you know this week. Perhaps you can block out a bit of time to help a colleague with a project, visit with an elderly neighbor, get up a few minutes early to spend extra time walking or playing with a pet, or offer to make a family member's coffee or lunch.

    Why it matters

    Although most everyone loves getting a gift wrapped in paper and ribbon, the most thoughtful gift can sometimes be your time! If you're looking for a way to boost someone's happiness - and give yourself a boost at the same time - consider giving a gift that you don't have to buy in a store.

    Fun fact

    During Tet, the weeklong Vietnamese New Year celebration, gifts of watches, clocks, scissors, or knives are considered taboo

    "Name 1 "gift of time" you can give to a person in your life this week"

    May 22, 2016 at 16:23 UTC
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    Rae was very easy to raise. She talked in full sentences at 7 months, walked at 10 months. Then Mom had me to deal with. I did not talk until I was 31/2, walked at 10 months, and had a fiery temper to go along with my red tinged curls. Walnuts or spinach , that is the way to go. I was born in 1953. Not much was known about food allergies at that time. My mother could not breast feed. I was started on a cow's milk formula. My sister had been raised on that same formula. I , according to what my mother told me, screamed non stop for 11 days. Many trips back and forth to the doctor and I was switched to a soy formula Mom started the soy formula and a bit of pablum which cleared up severe skin problems and allowed some sleep. The reason that I am recounting this is because I did not find out about my fish allergy until I was almost 45 years of age. Children that are allergic to milk often grow up and become allergic to fish. They are linked allergies. Living with this allergy is complicated. I know not to eat fish, but I have to disclose the allergy every time I eat out. No I do not order French fries because they are fried in a common fryer with the fish and seafood. Most anything fried is also out because of the common fryer. Worcestershire sauce is an ingredient in many soups, salad, and steak. That is made from anchovies. I am glad that I have become educated about food allergy risks. Be careful out there! Everyone have a wonder filled day!

    Day 4 Kelley H! We are in the home stretch!

    Eat one food today that's full of omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, spinach, broccoli, or coldwater fish like tuna and salmon. Try broccoli as a side at dinner, or bite into a tasty tuna-fish sandwich at lunch. Throw some walnuts or spinach leaves into your salad - or add both for a double helping of stress-busting foods!

    Why it matters

    Research studies have shown that omega-3s help to lessen levels of cortisol and other stress hormones in the blood and can provide relief from stress and anxiety. Getting more omega-3s in your diet isn't only tasty, but may help you better deal with daily tensions and stresses, too.

    Fun fact

    The smallest fish in the world is the goby, found in the lakes in the Philippines. In adulthood, the goby rarely grows longer than half an inch.

    "Eat 1 stress-busting food with omega-3 fatty acids, like tuna, salmon, walnuts, or spinach"

    May 20, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
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      Abbe' J. replied May 20, 2016 at 20:37 UTC:

      I will keep my allergies to cats , dogs and roses any day than one to fish.

    • Bobbie D.
      Bobbie D. replied May 21, 2016 at 2:14 UTC:

      I'm glad that you have discovered the allergies that were causing you so many problems. I had not even thought about the common fryer. Thanks for sharing your story. It can help others. Shabbat Shalom.

      Thanks for the E.

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    I have used volunteer match. org in the past. Right now I am volunteering in a senate campaign and as soon as the Dems settle on Hillary or Bernie, I will volunteer for that presidential run. If you know me on FB, you know already that I can't stand the GOP nominee. I have been working political campaigns since I was 14 years of age, and Rae was 16. Rae and I were precinct captains for an aldermanic office run. We supported the Independent candidate. W One time we were knocking on doors in a building and one of the residents
    , a man, answered the door completely nude! Rae grabbed me and we fled the building. It was not funny at the time, but it is funny now. It did teach me that you should never knock on doors alone. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Day 3 Kelley H! I think we will get it done!

    Want to lend a hand? Do a search using the name of your city/town and state or province, along with the words "volunteer opportunities." Choose a link and read about how you can help! (If you live in the U.S., you can also visit http://www.volunteermatch.org to find out about volunteering opportunities in your immediate area, ranging from one-day stints to weekly ones or longer.)

    Why it matters

    Volunteering can bring great benefits to your community, by providing help and services to those who can use it. But it can be a big help for you, too! Volunteering brings a sense of satisfaction, bolsters self-esteem, and can help you feel needed and valued. It also communicates to those around you that you care about the community in which you live. Finally, it allows you to learn new skills (or develop ones you already have) and meet new people.

    Fun fact

    One of the items most commonly recommended for food donation is beans. They keep for a long time, are inexpensive, and are high in protein and fiber.

    "Learn about local volunteering opportunities"

    May 19, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
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    Lauren Herman survived cancer many times. Cancer is a beast. Cancer just kept coming back. She fought bravely to the end. Her kindness will live on in the hearts and minds of many of the people that have survived cancer. Our butterfly has gone. May her memory be a blessing.

    Thank you for the E Judy A.

    I do most of my walking to and from the car. Today I saw a black squirrel chased up a tree by a possum. There was no sound to this little drama. Once the squirrel was up the tree the possum crossed the street and went into the back yard of my neighbor's house. That is big city living. At least we have not seen the coyote for a while.

    Go for a short walk and try to let go of today's thoughts and plans. Instead, focus on the sounds you hear along your route. Take note of the rustling leaves, chirping birds, or the sounds of traffic. Notice the sounds of any nearby people or pets. If you listen closely, can you hear insects buzzing or an airplane overhead?

    Why it matters

    Tuning in to the sounds you hear on a walk clears your mind of distracting thoughts or worries. Instead, you'll be focused on listening, bringing a sense of calm to your day as you get some physical activity.

    Fun fact

    The yellow-billed cuckoo bird is also known as the "rain crow," because its croaking call is often heard on hot, humid afternoons before a storm.

    "Take a walk and focus on the sounds you hear around you"

    May 18, 2016 at 14:42 UTC
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    I have smiled at Rae so far today. I send out a lot of smiles on DC.I smiled at Isaac today because he is going to work! He has a job adding ads to internet sites. You know, those annoying pop up ads get sent by him. Somebody has to do it.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day! Kelley H and I are wandering along the pact trail . Should be good.

    Spread some joy while you're out and about today! Smile at three people, and feel free to smile at more if you're in the mood. You'll be surprised at how quickly it lifts your mood and how many smiles get returned.

    Why it matters

    Smiling is one of the best ways to brighten your spirits and instantly change the mood in a room. Researchers have found that emotions can spread quickly from person to person, and well beyond your immediate social circle. By doing your part to bring happiness to those around you, you're creating a better environment for yourself, as well.

    Fun fact

    Smiles use between five and 53 muscles

    "Smile at 3 people today"

    May 17, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
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    Thank you Sandy W and Sally W!

    Today was supposed to be a stress free day. Rae decided to work from home so that I did not have to drive her down to work. I did sleep until almost 7 today. When I got up I remembered that Isaac has jury duty today. I got dressed and he asked if I could drive him down to jury duty. Of course I said yes, Down into rush hour traffic we went. I was able to get him there at 9:03! Not too bad! I told him to call when he needs a ride home. He said he would uber it home so that he doesn't have to wait for me to get back there. So, I did not take a day off from stress. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Choose one thing today that would normally frustrate you and send your stress levels soaring. Then take a break from it! Say to yourself, "I can let someone else have the one empty parking spot though I've been there a few seconds longer," or "The cap is off the toothpaste again. I'm going to stay calm about this for now."

    Why it matters

    Not only is constant conflict emotionally exhausting, it can be physically taxing, too, by contributing to sleep problems, muscle aches and pains, and stomach upset. To help let go of aggravation, ask yourself, "Did this person mean to hurt me?" Chances are they didn't, and realizing that can make it easier for you to free yourself from frustration.

    Fun fact

    In the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the expense of renting a real Ferrari proved too prohibitive for the movie's budget. Instead, the production team created three fake Ferraris with a fiberglass body to play the role of Cameron's father's car.

    "Take the day off from 1 thing that stresses or upsets you"

    May 16, 2016 at 15:57 UTC
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