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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 you for the E Norma C!

    Good information on this site. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort that can be mild or strong, but not all heart attacks start with chest pain. Visit the World Health Organization's "Symptoms of Heart Attacks and Strokes" at http://www.who.int/mediacen... and scroll down to learn the other symptoms of a heart attack.

    Why it matters

    Heart attack is a leading killer of both men and women, and getting help fast can save your life and limit damage to the heart. Recognizing the symptoms is critical, however - and they aren't always limited to chest pain and discomfort. By familiarizing yourself with these signs and symptoms, you make it more likely that you'll know when to call for help.

    Fun fact

    A blue whale's heart can weigh 1,000 pounds (454 kg). For comparison, that's a ticker about the size of a Volkswagen!

    "Review the warning signs of a heart attack"

    February 11, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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    • Julie O.
      Julie O. replied February 11, 2016 at 17:46 UTC:

      I really, really want to see a whale --- not a photo, not a video, a real live whale. I cannot really imagine their size!

      Thank you for the E today, Jill. I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

    • Abbe' J.
      Abbe' J. replied February 11, 2016 at 21:42 UTC:

      Please forgive me I accidently forgot to thank you for my encouragement today. So rude.

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    Thank EEE's to Becky S and Sally W!

    Of course I smiled at my sister Rae this morning. It is single digit cold in Chicago today. I drove her downtown to work so that she was not subjected to the elements. On the way down we stopped at a drive through Starbucks. We go there every time I drive Rae to work. I commiserated with the workers there because they have no heat or hot water. I did smile at them, but I wonder how they are deep cleaning without hot water. I will smile later at Dorien . He is the person that walks Cleo at 12:30. I can't walk her because she could pull me down. All of my other dogs were off lead trained, but that takes a lot of time. It is also illegal to walk a dog off lead in Chicago, Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    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"

    February 10, 2016 at 14:36 UTC
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      Bobbie D. replied February 11, 2016 at 2:23 UTC:

      Jill, you blessed Rae, the folks at Starbucks, and Dorien with your smile today. There were probably others you shared a smile with as well. We also have to have our dogs on leashes when we walk them. My little Nina loves to go for walks and gets so excited when I get her leash ...see more

    • Susan P.
      Susan P. replied February 11, 2016 at 3:01 UTC:

      Jill, I felt I was there with you. Thank you always for the EEE's :-)

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    The only step that we have is at the front door. I will attempt this very gingerly later. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Stand on a step while facing towards the staircase, and hold on to the rail or banister. Back up slightly, and slowly lower your heels down over the edge of the step. Relax the muscles in your calves, and hold the stretch for 10 seconds. Tighten your calf muscles a bit, and return your heels to the same height as the step.

    Why it matters

    The plantar fascia (the ligament that runs across the bottom of the foot) becomes less resilient as we age, and this can result in pain in one or both heels. This challenge provides a good stretch for the plantar fascia and can also increase flexibility in the calves and feet, which helps to prevent pain and injury.

    Fun fact

    "Out at heels," a phrase commonly heard in England from the 1500s to the 1700s, referred to someone or something in poor condition. It evolved from a description of shoes that were so worn at the heels that socks or stockings stuck out.

    "Hold onto a banister, stand on a step, and slowly let your heels down over the edge"

    February 9, 2016 at 14:58 UTC
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      Diane H. replied February 9, 2016 at 19:08 UTC:

      I went to the Good Feet Store and bought inserts that work for my Plantar Fascia they had me step on something and I have 3 levels can use. I have one in each of my shoes with a thin cover over that they provided that can be washed and reused. Hope you have a good day today Jill. ...see more

    • Susan P.
      Susan P. replied February 10, 2016 at 3:54 UTC:

      Thanks for the ♥ today!

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    Thank EEE's go to Annette S and Diane H!

    Rae is the one I admire the most. She is a self starter. When she knows that something needs to be done, it never fails to get done even if she goes it alone. She takes on the chores that no one sees like filling the toilet paper, making sure there are clean towels in all of the bathrooms, and clearing the walk and cars when it snows.

    Last night after the super bowl party I rearranged the dishwasher to get more in. Then I washed the few platters that couldn't go in the dishwasher. Rae was delighted that I picked up the slack. I will try to pick up the slack more for Rae.

    Think of one trait you admire in a leader, such as a coach, boss, or a prominent figure you look up to. Do your best to put that trait into action for one day this week. For example, if you admire your boss for always speaking powerfully and purposefully, try to communicate like him or her. If you look up to a sports coach, try to act decisively.

    Why it matters

    Many of the leaders who inspire and motivate us often have traits that are worth imitating. Making those traits part of your daily life can help shape others' perceptions of you in a positive way. It may even help others see you as a leader!

    Fun fact

    Rosalynn Carter, wife of United States President Jimmy Carter, once said, "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be."

    "Choose a trait of a leader that you admire, and plan to put it into action 1 day this week"

    February 8, 2016 at 17:39 UTC
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    Always eat my colors. Orange carrots, red radishes, green spinach, leek, broccoli, cauliflower, butternut squash, lettuce, blueberries, apples, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, cuties, no dirth of color in my house.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day! Happy Super Bowl!

    Take a look at your grocery list. Is there plenty of colorful produce on it? Make a few tweaks to your list to include fruits and vegetables in at least three different colors. For example, you could shop for orange peppers instead of red, or look for produce in unusual colors, such as purple potatoes or yellow carrots.

    Why it matters

    Bright fruits and vegetables not only perk up your plate, they perk you up, too! Produce offers your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Adding more colors to the mix ensures that you are getting the most benefit from eating these foods.

    Fun fact

    Apples can be colorful on the inside as well as the outside. Dozens of varieties have flesh in red, pink, and orange hues.

    "Check that your shopping list includes fruits and vegetables in at least 3 colors"

    February 7, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
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    Thank EEE's go to Robert W, Leigh Ann M, Lisa C, Sally W, Bobbie D, Julie O, Sue P, Susan P, Ginger P, and Diane H! Much love to all. Have a wonderfilled night.

    I have a left leg groin muscle pull. If it does not improve I will have to see a doctor. I want to give it a few days. I did not do this DC . Today was very busy. Hairdresser appointments for Rae and me, Cleo went for grooming, Costco, Lunch out for Chinese New Year, Picked Cleo up, arranged for wings from Harold's Chicken Shack for the Super bowl, out to a bar for a memorial for our neighbor across the street Her 24 year old daughter lost her brain cancer battle last month. There were pictures everywhere and a slide show. Then out to dinner with Rae.


    Lie face-up on the floor. (If it isn't carpeted, you may want to put down a blanket or towel.) Put your legs together and rest your arms at your sides. Keep your legs straight and lift them into the air. Make sure you keep your tailbone on the ground. Go as far as you can, and then slowly lower your legs back down to the ground. Repeat two more times. To make this challenge a bit harder: When your legs are on the way back down, stop when your heels are about 3 to 5 inches (7 to 12 centimeters) off the ground. Hold for three seconds, then slowly bring your heels down.

    This exercise provides a real challenge for your core! To bring your legs all the way up, you need to engage your abdominal muscles and lower back - and do the same as your legs slowly come down. You also have to call on the large muscles in your thighs to power your legs up. Finally, this quick exercise may also get your heart rate up a little bit!

    Fun fact

    The word "abdomen" comes from the Latin "abodere," or to hide. Whatever a person ate became "hidden" in the abdomen.

    "Lie face-up on the floor with your legs together, lift them into the air, and slowly lower them"

    February 7, 2016 at 3:43 UTC
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    Thank EEE's to Olga M, Judy A, and Diane H! Much appreciated! I also appreciate all of the people that smile or post on my DC. ♥

    This happened many years ago at the start of my tenure period as a teacher in Chicago. I taught kindergarten and believed in learning centers and having children develop their writing. The Principal did not. She believed in workbooks. I had the children painting, working with clay, blocks, beads, science, maps, math, etc. While the children were involved in the centers I would have the children draw a picture about a book or experience from rug time. Then they would write, it looked like scribbles at first, about their picture. They read their story to me and I wrote it down. We read the stories together. It takes a lot of time to do this, but the growth was astounding. On Fridays the Principal would tear down my centers. On Mondays I would put them back again. This went on with several warnings that I would never pass tenure. I would give the Principal articles supporting my method with research. In November the District big wigs came to tour the school. My room was not on the list of classrooms to be visited, but as the group passed my room the Superintendent insisted on visiting my room! He told the Principal that my classroom was exactly what they were looking for! Some of my children's writings were collected and those children were followed for the rest of the year! Those writings became the Standard for writing in KDG for the City of Chicago! I did attain my tenure. The Principal became a big convert to learning centers! Sometimes you just have to stick to your guns and teach the right way!

    Think back to a time when you believed in yourself and followed your intuition, even when those around you were doubtful. Perhaps you embarked on a career change that surprised people, pursued an unexpected relationship, or moved to a place that raised eyebrows. Think about how you felt during that time, and how you stayed strong in the face of others' opinions. If you like, you can turn this into a journaling challenge and write about your experience.

    Why it matters

    All of us feel pressure from others at different points in our lives, and it can be hard to shut out the voices that tell us to do (or not do) something. Recalling a time when you maintained your belief in yourself can motivate you to stay strong in the face of doubters in situations both large and small.

    Fun fact

    Stephen King's first manuscript was rejected by publishers 30 times ... and went on to sell four million copies in paperback and become a major motion picture - twice. It was "Carrie."

    "Spend a few moments thinking about a time when you believed in yourself even though others didn't"

    February 5, 2016 at 15:36 UTC
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    Thank EEE's to Annette S, Vicky P, Peggy C, Julie O, and William B!

    Thought I posted earlier, but I guess it didn't register. I had 2 doc appointments this morning. Neurology resulted in an increase in meds because the familial tremor is not under control. Podiatry appointment resulted in an antibiotic because of the foot infection I have been trying to fight. He wants me back next week. I just feel so tired. I think the antibiotic is very much needed.

    When I arrived at the hospital my purse fell out of the car and everything fell out. I managed to pick all of it up and get it back into my bag. I walked through the parking lot , into the hospital to the elevator and down the hall for my 1st appointment. After the appointment I went down the hall to the elevator and walked to the other side of the hospital for the second appointment. Then I walked back to my car. I think that covers the DC! Everyone have a wonderfilled day.

    "Relieve some stress with a brisk, 10-minute walk"

    February 5, 2016 at 2:20 UTC
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