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Staff

Publisher and Editor - Judith Martin-Straw

The Skinny - Amy Brunell

Looking Up - Bob Eklund

Ruth's Truths - Ruth Morris

Special Features - T. S. Owen

LOCALmotion - Jozelle Smith

High School Sports - Steven Trilling

Get Smart - Jamie Wallace

Archived Posts

The Skinny by Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Willpower: Control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses Control: The power to restrain something Restrain: Prevent someone from displaying or giving way to Determination: Firmness of purpose; resoluteness Tenacity: The quality of being very determined Intention: The thing intended; to aim or plan Deliberateness: done consciously and intentionally I [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

I Don’t Wanna Do This. It’s been one week since the world turned upside down for some of us. What we believed about possibilities, changed, and now we sit with our fears, our disbelief, and discomfort. Our situation in America now asks us to make a choice: Do we wait and see? Do we numb? Do we use our addictions to help us cope? Addictions such as food, alcohol, television, or any [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Change is Required -- One time I had a family come to my work. The topic that day was about how many hours it takes to be healthy. I told the group that I spent at least 25 hours a week on my health program; The lesson being how many hours are you spending to get the results you desire? So we strategized effective ways to make time more efficient. At the end of the meeting, the father sat [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

A Unexpected Fold Came Today... I’m sitting cross-legged, writing, emails, etc and I reach with my left hand to feel my right side flank. There is a pile of fat there and I notice how I can easily grab it, make it squish around and how the skin folds into itself as I sit here writing. For some reason, my shape is different on the left side. My weight isn’t evenly distributed and it [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Communication...It’s hard. I’m awoken from a dream where I was the passenger in the vehicle showing my friend a hotel in a quaint village. I tell her, “Go left.” She hesitates, doesn’t go left. I say, “Go left! What happened? Why didn’t you go left?” And she looks at me and says, “You mean left TURN? Why didn’t you say TURN?” As I am feeling totally crazed in the dream, I [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Why Change? I have a friend who often says, “I live in my own mind.” We laugh about the circumstance where it’s one thing and she’s decided a whole story about it that includes all sorts of characters and outcomes that have nothing to do with the actual situation. I know someone else who has created such a world in his mind that when you disagree with his viewpoint, he feels [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The  Skinny – Amy Brunell

Does Your Method of Coping Really Work? Everyone I know uses some method to cope with stress. Our bodies always want to be in homeostasis, that perfect sort of balance of its systems. However, when life is stressful, and for many people it is constantly stressful, we must manage our stress by surviving another day on the planet. Many of us were stressed even as children. We lived in an [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

De-Cluttering Continues...Part 2 - Books Okay, first step according to Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is to remove all the books from around the house and put them on the floor. It’s taken me about an hour to find and put all my books on the floor. I didn’t do all the books in my house, only my books and those of my mother’s. I left my spouse's books as Marie Kondo [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Life Changing Magic of What Did I Get Myself Into? I have a clutter issue. I’m not a hoarder, I don’t bring in stuff, but I have so much stuff between myself, my spouse, my children, my mother, my in-laws and my in-law family. It all lives in one crowded overwhelmed house. There is no peace here. It is not a sanctuary of any kind. It is a mess and I don’t have many people over [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Entrenched in Our Beliefs -- I’m curious about this idea of “My view is the right one.” I see this attitude a lot and what I notice is how difficult the world is for those who stand convicted, sure that what they think and believe is right. I’m currently working very hard on my own beliefs about really...anything. I may after a process of checking in, still believe something, but [...]

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