By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ Keep looking up – that’s the secret of life. – Charles Schutz June ushers in Great Outdoors Month, which began in 1998 under President Bill Clinton as Great Outdoors Week. This popular event has grown over the years into a month-long celebration of America’s beautiful land and waterways with […]
“All things are ready, if our mind be so.” – William Shakespeare This incredible image, by local photographer Dick Vogel, evokes a representation of attention and awareness. I appreciate the opportunity to think about five important elements of mindfulness as we allow our senses and brain to enjoy the splendor of spring – including these […]
By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ True health is not just the absence of illness, but the presence of vitality. April is National Minority Health Month which highlights the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minority communities. The theme for National Minority Health Month 2023 is Better Health Through Better Understanding. When […]
By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest. – Leo Babauta A home clean and clear can foster increased productivity, better sleep, decreased anxiety and improved overall health. Clutter, both physical and mental, can impede our life purpose and flow – both our ability […]
By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, ACSW ~ “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Wilde February offers an opportunity for you to reflect on how you can develop lifelong self-compassion. Does your love and care extend more fully to your spouse, children, friends, and pets than to yourself? Self-love means you […]
By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ “The problem is that we always look for the missing piece of the puzzle instead of finding a place for the one in our hand.” Alina Radoi National Puzzle Day is celebrated on January 29 every year. Winter is a wonderful time to begin working on a fun puzzle […]
By Marilyn Halpern MSW, LSW ~ “Take a walk outside. It will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru Colorado may be the best place to enjoy the year-round beauty of endless blue skies and sunny days. We often enjoy the favorable conditions to get out and get some […]
By Marilyn Halpern, LSW, MSW ~ “With the right words, you can change the world.” Charlotte’s Web The quintessential, farm classic “Charlotte’s Web” debuted 70 years ago, on October 15, 1952. Author E.B. White crafted this enduring tale of friendship. The book has remained in print for decades to be celebrated by teachers, grandparents, parents, […]
By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ Have you savored vine-ripped tomatoes, a Palisade peach, juicy watermelon or enjoyed Colorado sweet corn this summer? I hope so! The abundance of fresh flavors can be found at your local farmers’ market or neighborhood grocery store. It’s time to celebrate the harvest literally and figuratively.
By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ According to the Center for Biodiversity, of the 4000 native species of bees in North America and Hawaii, 50% of the species are declining and 25% are in the perilous danger zone extinction. In Colorado, we have 946 species of bees. Some estimate that pollinators, most often bees, literally […]
By Marilyn Halpern MSW, LSW ~ National Moon Day is celebrated each year on July 20th to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing. In 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were the first humans to walk on the moon’s surface. Michael Collins, the command module pilot, assisted with the mission.
By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ As new shoots appear out of the soil, the first buds on the trees burst into color and tiny leaves unfurl, our hearts fill with hope. Spring is an integral part of the reawakening life cycle. It provides an opportunity for us to reflect on our vision and purpose. […]
By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. -Arthur Ashe Every April, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) observes National Minority Health Month to highlight the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and reducing health disparities.
By Marilyn Halpern, MSW, LSW ~ March 20th is International Day of Happiness. The theme for this year is ‘Build Back Happier.’ Exploring the theme further, the non-profit Action for Happiness (actionforhappiness.org) provides three ways you can celebrate the International Day of Happiness:
By Marilyn Halpern ~ The fresh new year is upon us. Bundled up in the hopes and expectations of 2022 is the lingering weight of the pandemic. I have been reading “The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era” by Dr. Jennifer Ashton. I have found this to be an excellent resource […]