Physical Activity Recommendations

Physical activity plays a major role in promoting good health and is an excellent way to boost your mood.

  1. You should participate in physical activities for at least 150 minutes a week (20 minutes a day or for 30 minutes 5 days a week).
  2. You can break exercise time into small chucks throughout the day.
  3. Eliminate all or nothing thinking.
  4. You can multitask while exercising (for example:  watch TV while on a treadmill).
  5. Make your exercise time a priority.

 

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Source:  Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama

All Good Deeds by Stacy Green

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The main character is a former social worker, turned private investigator.  She became disillusioned with the criminal justice system, so she stated killing murders, kidnappers, and child molesters that were able to avoid prison.

The story is full of mystery and plot twist that will keep you guessing.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.

Fragile X Fragile Hope (Parenting a Special Needs Child)

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I learned a lot from reading “Fragile X Fragile Hope” by Elizabeth Griffin and also found it to be inspirational.  Her son, Zach, is intellectually disabled and displays autistic features, which was caused by Fragile X syndrome.

Elizabeth Griffin talks about the medical ramifications that cause her son to struggle in daily life.  For example, Zach’s stress hormones are heightened whenever he experiences a stressor.  Also, those chemicals will remain active in the brain much longer than normal.  As a result, he struggles to remain calm during normal daily events.

Elizabeth Griffin also discusses her feelings of desperation, guilt, and grief.  She gives an honest portrayal of those emotions and how they affected her life.  Support groups became essential, so she could work through those feelings and thoughts without fear of judgement.

There is section about navigating the maze of available services.  She discovered some treatments were a waste of time and money, but others were extremely beneficial.  Therefore, it is important to fully investigate your options and the services offered.

I recommend this book to anyone with a special needs child.  It is also beneficial to people who want to gain a better understand of the struggles faced by parents with disabled children.

On Writing by Stephen King

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Stephen King’s book On Writing is a memoir mixed with advice about writing as a profession.  I enjoyed reading it and learned a good deal as well.

My favorite quotes from the book:

Life isn’t a support-system for art.  It’s the other way around.

Fear is the root of most bad writing.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others:  read a lot and write a lot.

Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot.

 

Arsenic and Old Lace

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Cary Grant is the lead actor in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace.  I have seen the movie several times and I have seen it done as a play twice.  It’s a good story, either way you watch it.

The story is hilarious, yet disturbing at the same time.  There are two old ladies, which are serial killers, they come up with some of the most outrageous ideas.  You will find yourself laughing, even as they administer deadly poison to some unwitting older gentleman.

If you have not had a chance to see the movie, I highly recommend it.