When, in a relationship, physical violence and threats of violence happen, the woman should leave the abuser. However, leaving is no simple and easy task. I have a list of 55 reasons victims have for being unable to break the power and control that abusers have over them. On the average, a w…

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Whether it was virtual or in person, spending time with family and friends is always special. I share recipes throughout November that related to Thanksgiving, and now it’s time to bring some Christmas cheer to your table! 

Holidays and guilt often go hand in hand. Thanksgiving does its part. If you have turkey and all the trimmings, you feel guilty about being stuffed especially when mom reminds us that children are starving right on our doorstep in Appalachia and in Africa. Then in churches, “give thanks to t…

The woman got a nursing job tending an elderly lady who had fallen and broken her hip. The family needed someone to tend her on the night shift. The next weekend her daughter came in for a visit and asked about the new patient. The nurse said, “That little old lady sure is a handful. She lik…

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This week I am continuing with our Thanksgiving recipe series. One of the most important ingredients on this special holiday is time—time with family that is. One way you can maximize time with family is to prepare anything you can a few days ahead. This week’s recipe is one I found on Insta…

I hope you all enjoyed the turkey recipe I shared last week and it got you in the cooking spirit for the holidays. Next on the list of holiday essentials is the dessert. Some may have pie or cobbler, but my family is going to be enjoying my Meme’s famous pumpkin pound cake. Who doesn’t love …

In October, I wrote about only one big part of Domestic Violence: awareness of it. Once a woman realizes that violence has become a part of her relationship, then the challenge becomes – What to do? The obvious answer is to leave it, to get away. The reality answer is that it is most often d…

A reader changed my name for the month. She sent me an e-mail suggesting the change. She said that even when I try to sound positive, it comes out negative. She said, “Foxes SPOILING relations doesn’t work. Find a more happy critter and change your title to Never Over-Healthy Awareness Relat…

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. I loved handing out candy to all of the cute little spooks in my neighborhood. It was definitely the highlight of my weekend!

I have declared October to be “Healthy Relations Awareness Month”, instead of “Domestic VIOLENCE Awareness”. Who needs the “V” word? Get rid of it! When we eliminate the “V” word, we make a start at eliminating the dreadful thing itself.  

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Cooking doesn’t have to take long or be difficult to be delicious. I have had a very long month with a busy schedule, and this week I was looking for a recipe that would be quick and tasty.