Sophie Giraffe Favorite French Toy Turns 60

The little red Radio Flyer wagon, Lincoln logs, Matchbox cars each generation had their favorite toys, but the all time favorite French toy is Sophie la giraffe May 25th, 2021 on St.Sophie Day, Sophie La Girafe turns 60. Vulli, a company based in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie region of France, not far from where we […]

Tools to Help Ease Bad Back Pain

For the past 55 years I have lived with back pain and I could write a book on how to cope since I have tried every self help tool available. As a teenager, my right leg went numb from a herniated disk. In 1978 the standard treatment for ruptured disks was traction and surgery, but […]

Second Chance – One Year Anniversary Changes My Perspective

On the 1st year anniversary of my second life, I wonder where am I now? I still feel lost. A year ago, I remember standing in our living room, turning to my husband to ask a question, and then face planting on our tile floor. Days later, I woke up in a hospital thrashing against […]

Walk in Nature – Rejuvenate Brain Power, Lift Mood, Improve Health

  Remember when our mothers used to throw us out of the house commanding, “Go out and play!”: we spent the day climbing trees, making mud pies and inventing games.” Well, they were right all along. We grew strong, healthy and resilient. Scientific research shows that you need to get back outside. Walking in nature […]

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