5 Ways to Detox Your Spirit from this Presidential Election

first_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Repeat after me—“all will be well.” Julian of Norwich’s famous saying applies here. Have faith that this election is not the end of the world! Have faith in the people of the United States to collectively make a decent choice. Have faith that our system—though far from perfect—has checks and balances aplenty and if it is broken (in many ways it is) we the people can move to fix it. If faith moves mountains, then let’s practice some of that faith and see what happens.I also hope you have someone in your life you can go through this detox. It helps to have a good listener around when you need to vent your election frustrations. Don’t forget, spiritual directors are trained to listen—without judgment—as you reflect on all aspects of life. If you need the support, I hope you seek it out.Teresa Blythe is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, and received an M.Div. and Diploma from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000. Mama Mia 2 COMMENTS Practice humility. It’s in short supply and the ripple effect of people laying down their proverbial “swords and shields” will help our nation heal, especially after the election is over. It’s healthy to admit that you don’t know everything and what you do know could be wrong. There is such a thing as unintended consequences. So no matter who is elected—no matter how much we love or loathe them—we have no idea how their actions or policies will actually play out in the future. Remembering that makes us humble. Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSelectionSpiritual Detox Previous article4 Ways to Make Extra Money by Using Social MediaNext articleApopka teacher arrested, charged with 22 counts Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! October 30, 2016 at 9:26 pm Feeling addicted to political news and commentary? If so you’re not alone.  You may need a spiritual detox from the ridiculous amount of information coming at you daily. You may need some help weaning yourself off watching your smartphone for breaking news. You probably need a break from clearing your email inbox of frantic requests for donations. Your system may need you to hit the reset button.Here are five ways to detox from this election:Vote early and get it over with. There are probably not going to be any surprises greater than what we’ve already learned about both candidates. Vote, be done with it, and let the stress go. Take media breaks. Some people I know fast completely from media for a few days. Others are selective—they might watch the evening news but not spend hours on Facebook and Twitter. Reflect on what kind of media hypes you up the most and cut back on that. For me, it’s smartphone news updates. I’m going to have to disable those pesky notifications (that appeared without my consent) so that I’m not tempted to click on them every time I see the icon at the top of my phone. No more allowing smartphone news to ruin my lunch breaks! The presidential candidates and their croonies can’t stay away from Florida. That are hungry for the Florida votes. Trump, Hillary, Pence, Bill Clinton, Kaine, and Biden. They are wearing out the tarmac landing and taking off. You would think this is the only state in the nation. They want to win Florida badly!!! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply October 31, 2016 at 10:12 pm Free your mind and the rest will follow. At least, that is what the saying states. How can you detox from this rabid political election and the rest of the political elections that are obviously going down the toilet in terms of decency? The election countdown clock that keeps ticking away is what is giving me anxiety. The doomsday deadline. Not unlike the past, with the Y2K scare, that the world was going to be in some serious turmoil come the New Year on Jan. 1, 2000. We survived, but some very serious happenings have besieged our planet since that date, and our daily lives are not as trouble- free as before, so maybe there was something to the Y2K, as the biblical researchers predicted. The world didn’t come to a crashing halt, but just look at the world happenings now, and how badly everything is getting, sad to say. Pray for all involved. Prayer is so much better for us than worrying or gnashing our teeth in anger.  Our minds, bodies and spirits are much calmer when we choose contemplation over consternation. Jesus taught us to love and pray for our enemies, so if you feel one or more of the candidates is your enemy, pray for them. Take time from the news and re-posting to prayBy Teresa Blythe Reply last_img read more

Bobby Ray Dyer, 66, Harrison

first_imgBobby Ray Dyer, age 66, of Harrison, Ohio died suddenly Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Mercy Franciscan Medical Center in Harrison, Ohio.Born May 4, 1953 in Lenoir City, Tennessee he was the son of James H. & Imogene (Simpson) Dyer Lindeman.He was a mechanic by trade, and also enjoyed working on automobiles in his spare time.Besides his mother, Imogene Lindeman of Harrison, Ohio survivors include three children, Anthony Ray Dyer of Brookville, Indiana, Sonia L. Denison of Aurora, Indiana and David Leon Dyer of Milan, Indiana; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Johnson of Brookville, Indiana as well as a brother, James Henry Dyer of Virginia.He was preceded in death by his father, James Dyer.A celebration of life will be held as soon as the conditions are safe to do so, with burial in Big Cedar Cemetery.The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the family of Bobby Ray Dyer, everyone is encouraged to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family via www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Khan reiterates Jol support

first_img Press Association Jol was criticised by supporters after a stuttering start to the season, but has the backing of American billionaire Khan. “He is the man for me,” Khan told Sky Sports News. Fulham owner Shahid Khan believes Monday’s win at Crystal Palace was a sign of the potential of Martin Jol’s team and has reiterated his support for the Dutchman.center_img “You have to keep in mind he is a very experienced guy and the start we have had, whether you’re Martin Jol or any Fulham supporter, you’re not happy and we can do better, and our players are a lot more talented and they proved that on Monday night. “I think, and have believed this for quite some time, that we have great players and some of those are new to Fulham and some of them have been here for a while. “It was a break-out moment and I hope this now continues.” Khan was thrilled to watch the 4-1 win at Selhurst Park, during which Steve Sidwell scored a stunning volley bettered only when team-mate Pajtim Kasami struck an outrageous one of his own. On Kasami’s volley, Khan said: “It was unbelievable and I kept looking for the replay on the video board and I had to go back in and see it on the television. “It is one of those things – did I really see what I saw?” last_img read more

Franchise League 3-day tournament

first_imgWest Demerara complete innings and 82-run win over East BankWEST Demerara completed a stunning innings and 82-run win over East Bank yesterday when the two teams completed their Round two game in the Franchise League three-day tournament, at the Tuschen Community Centre ground.Scores in the match: East Bank 171 and 141-9; West Demerara 494-7 declared.Set 323 to win, East Bank were restricted to 141-9 in 40.2 overs, after Deonarine Seegobin was unable to bat.Resuming the final day at 74-4, the remaining East Bank batsmen folded in quick succession.They lost overnight batsman Sherfane Rutherford without scoring to Romario Shepherd who finished with figures of 3-50.Tagenarine ChanderpaulHowever, the other overnight batsman, Test player Vishaul Singh was joined by Ersha Ali, and together they added 41 for the sixth wicket before spinners Akshaya Persaud and Richie Looknauth claimed the four wickets between them.Singh made 36 while Ali contributed 32. Looknauth finished with figures of 3-32 while Persaud had figures of 2-12.Earlier in the game, national opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul stroked an unbeaten 176 while Tevin Imlach crafted 103 to lead West Demerara to 494-7 declared. Shepherd supported with 55; Akshaya Persaud got 43 and Malcolm Hubbard 40.Round three commences on Friday with East Bank playing Essequibo at Everest, West Demerara facing West Berbice at Wales, East Coast hosting Georgetown at Lusignan and Lower Corentyne battling Upper Corentyne at Albion.last_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer opens up league play with 5-0 win over visiting Eureka

first_imgFortuna >> If you are to look at the Fortuna boys soccer team’s starting lineup that head coach Daniel Holmes has been rolling out this season, there are plenty of new faces compared to the one that led the Huskies to a North Coast Section championship a year ago.The majority of the mainstays that led the Huskies to an undefeated season 12 months ago have moved on.But in the Huskies’ league opener, it was one of the carryovers from the 2016 team that got things going.Eric Olea’s 32nd-minute …last_img

Report: Grizzlies unlikely to buy out Iguodala, looking for trade

first_imgMemphis acquired a 2024 first-round pick from a Warriors … Earlier this week, word was that Andre Iguodala might face the Warriors in a playoff matchup for the Lakers next May.But that outcome has become less likely, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.Instead, it appears the Grizzlies — who took Iguodala off the Warriors’ hands as Golden State made room for guard D’Angelo Russell — would rather trade the former NBA Finals MVP than simply buy out his contract.And why shouldn’t they?last_img

Patience in planting this spring may pay off later

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planting season around Ohio didn’t really start to ramp up until the first part of May, causing farmers in the Buckeye State to lag behind much of the rest of the Corn Belt. Bill Mullen, Director of Agronomic Services with Seed Consultants says that the later time frame for this year’s planting may be ideal for a successful 2015.last_img

Friday Field Notes

first_imgIn our third Friday Field Notes blog post we are welcoming back Jessica and Sandy from our first Friday Field Notes to hear the second part of their story.  The previous post told how cooperative extension educators in Wisconsin worked with County Veterans Service Officers in their community to build capacity to address PTSD and Criminal Justice Response to Veterans in Crisis.  Now their story continues.  As you read this post, consider how your efforts to build community capacity to enhance the resilience and well-being of military families via job and career assistance might benefit  from a collaboration with cooperative extension in your community.Hello and welcome back to the rest of our story (so far). In our last Friday Field Notes update, we shared the story of how we began working with our local County Veterans Service Officer on an educational program geared toward helping various service providers and emergency workers understand appropriate responses to veterans in crisis. It was clear from the discussion and evaluations that there was a lot of interest in continuing to network with the agencies in attendance (and those not in attendance).We never expected this one event to lead to much more than assistance in coalition building (in fact, we didn’t even have that expectation until after the first event). As it turned out, the local veterans home sent a few people to the event. Thanks to their incredibly dynamic PR Director, Amber, they had already been interested in doing their own educational programming and wanted to find out what others were doing.Planning the Second Event – Forging a New PartnershipAmber and other staff at the Wisconsin Veterans Home – King had never heard of UW-Extension, and certainly had no idea that we could assist with educational programming in any way. When they connected with our local CVSO, Jesse, they were hoping to just find out how they could get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their speakers and professionals attending their event. Since we managed that process for Jesse, he connected Amber to us.You could say that we initially injected ourselves into Amber’s programming – she needed CEUs, and we needed to be an integral part of the educational programming to provide the CEUs. However, once we sat down with Amber and explained UW-Extension’s mission in the community, that it included assisting non-profit and governmental entities such as the Wisconsin Veterans Home – King, the possibilities of a collaboration between our organizations became apparent – and seemingly endless! In fact, one of the requests from Amber’s office was for us to teach them about using Google Forms – which they ended up using to take in registrations.So we were enthusiastically welcomed into the planning process for the first educational event, which occurred in January of 2016. Because of WVH – King’s connections across the state and its extensive email contacts, this event drew a larger crowd of just under one hundred. In attendance were local service providers that had attended the county sponsored event, people from surrounding counties, and even several from across the state.Mental Health Awareness Summit, January 2016Each of our planning meetings seemed to buzz with endless ideas. There was no lack of passion in the room, that’s for sure. In a room of endless ideas, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. At times it felt like we were moving forward with only a small understanding of intended outcomes, and we were running up against a very tight timeline. There was a need to find a way to come together to think about what we wanted the summit to accomplish. In the Extension world, we are often drilled to think of logic models—or, the importance of being purposeful in our programming to ensure we achieve our intended outcomes. Because we were brought into the planning process late, we did not have the luxury of time for this level of planning.One way we were able to incorporate deliberate outcomes planning was by involving the stakeholders in the revision of the evaluation. When we work with groups, shared measurement and a common agenda are key components for collective impact. Using this thought process, we revised the evaluation tool, in collaboration with Amber and her staff at WVH – King. The changes were minor, but they offered an opportunity to consider outcomes.  The edits to the evaluation also helped guide us for future planning by asking participants about potential topics for future events.When planning the facilitated discussion, we decided to keep the format of the discussion very similar to the event we collaborated on with our CVSO. Again, this decision was not made without the input of our partner. Just like the first event, all of us were also interested in obtaining behavior change. We wanted to offer more than just “information and education.” Our hope was that this would provide some comparative data and the chance for deeper discussion. And it did.After learning about suicide, various mental health resources, PTSD & Traumatic Brain Injury, dementia, and listening to heart-wrenching testimonials (agenda), it was time for discussion.Given the size of the crowd, the configuration of the room, and the wide variety of organizational affiliation, we had to give up on our idea of separating the participants into “like” groups according to industry or profession. We asked participants to discuss possibilities for serving veterans and their families, and to identify things they can do without more resources or authority.What were the top needs for serving veterans in our community/region?The small group discussions provided a wealth of information, as well as two areas of overlap with the discussions at the smaller county-sponsored event. Qualitative analysis of the discussion notes revealed these top six needs for serving veterans in the community/region:More educational opportunities.More listening & understanding.More commitment/political support.More opportunities for collaboration/networking/coalitions.More outreach.Support for female veterans.The two areas of overlap between the two events were: the need for more educational opportunities and more opportunities for networking.The evaluations were another key role we played as Cooperative Extension educators. As a group, we had acknowledged the importance of the evaluation. Amber offered to have a raffle for those who turned their evaluation sheets in at the end. Now, if you have ever held a workshop, it often takes some nudging to convince people to take a few minutes. We were the only thing between them and lunch.Well, we ended up having a long line of participants eagerly waiting to turn their evaluations in…that was a career first for both of us, and we couldn’t have done it without the generous dedication from Amber.Overall, about 60% of the participants turned in an evaluation, and 100% of those that completed an evaluation stated that the workshop fulfilled their reason(s) for attending. By a large margin, participants found the testimonials to be the most helpful to them. No one reported that they found the discussion to be helpful, which we expected, but it was instrumental in helping us understand where to go next with this.Cooperative Extension Adds ValueWe have felt incredible lucky to have been able to work with Amber, and it seems that the feeling is mutual: “Collaboration with UW-Extension has opened up so many great opportunities to reach and educate various professions and community stakeholders.  The resources UW-Extension provided and is able to provide opens up so many opportunities to reach more people, offer continuing education credit to pull in more interest, access to better processes and technology and software that enhances an educational event, etc. This partnership has me so excited for what we can do to bring much needed education to community stakeholders that ultimately can impact people’s lives in a positive way!” ~ Amber Nikolai, Director of PR at WVH-KingOn the evaluations, participants were asked to share how they intend to use what they learned during the summit. While we had many passionate answers, this one was the most common – and it is a great example of a ripple effect.What will the future bring for us and this effort?This partnership – both internal and with our external partners – is a good example of how Extension helps transform communities. Today, more than ever, we know the value and necessity of coordinated, collaborative efforts. Whether it is within our own organization  (in our case, Family Living and Community Development program areas) or with external relationships, we achieve more when we work together. One thing we noticed during the discussion portion was the time spent on introductions in the beginning, rather than immediately answering the questions. In our opinion, this was time well-spent because although all of the participants shared an interest in veteran issues, this summit became a place to meet new colleagues, friends and potential partners.This fledgling network has led to some additional efforts, also. Shortly after the summit, Sandy introduced Amber to the local suicide prevention coalition, as well as an annual community services resource event—neither of which she or her staff had been a part of before. There is now a mental health awareness walk planned in the fall, as the result of the organizations joining forces.As Coop Extension educators we may not always be directly in front of a classroom teaching, but we educate and transform in other ways. Extension is often known as the “backbone” organization, working to sustain and move work forward. But we obviously don’t do it alone—we need our partners, too.Thank you for reading our story. We hope you found it helpful!Freedom isn’t Free videoCaring For America’s Heroes at the Veterans Home In King videoAbout us:Jessica BeckendorfJessica became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, making frequent cross-country moves and living in many different cities. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at UW-Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Coop Extension where her current focus includes building capacity and facilitating an environment conducive to resilient communities.Sandy LiangSandy Liang is a Family Living Educator for Waupaca County with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Her work includes community assessments, parenting education and family support for at-risk populations. Liang enjoys collaborative efforts, and is on several coalitions to support families in the county. She believes that together, we create a community to support thriving, resilient individuals and families.Liang has a M.S. from Purdue University in Child Development and Family Studies. One particular project she enjoyed working on at Purdue was “The Purple Wagon” project, investigating children’s understanding and emotions relating to issues of war and peace.Interested in learning more about this subject? Want to share a story? We invite you to comment.last_img read more

How Tiger Woods Finally Put It All Together Again

2004-09+0.58–+1.34–+0.24–+0.73– Tiger’s back … for real this timeStrokes gained per round (relative to PGA Tour average) for Tiger Woods on each type of shot, across his career and during his win at the 2018 Tour Championship Resurgent narrative aside, it wasn’t unfathomable that one of the greatest golfers ever won another event. Woods has put together breathtaking performances throughout this season, indicating that the ability to capture tournaments hasn’t left him just yet. The guy played in 18 official events and finished in the top 10 seven times. Moreover, he’s been dominant in the southeast, where he’s won more than one-fifth of the tournaments he’s played in that region over his career.2It helps that Augusta, Georgia, is in the Southeast. To those who would define his latest victory as a flash in the pan, consider that Woods holds top-40 marks this year in strokes gained tee to green, strokes gained around the green, strokes gained on shots approaching the green, strokes gained with the putter and total strokes gained. Only six players on tour are scoring better, on average.Tiger will never be the same player he once was; no conditioning or late-night runs to the driving range will return Woods to those prime years. But he’s jumped more than 50 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings in 10 weeks for a reason. And there’s a reason why odds are beginning to tilt in his favor, why he will represent the country at this week’s Ryder Cup.Everyone loves a comeback. Event/SeasonOff TeeApproachAround GreenPutting 2018+0.45–+0.94–+0.37–+0.30– * Woods failed to qualify for official PGA Tour leaderboards for any years in these stretches. He also failed to qualify in 2008.The strokes gained statistic isolates the effect of each shot by measuring how much it adds to or subtracts from a player’s expected score on a given hole.Source: PGA Tour Tour Champ.+0.48–+0.29–+0.32–+1.28– 2012-13+0.22–+1.37–+0.22–+0.38– The feeling of inevitability Sunday was surprising. As Tiger Woods was decimating the small field at the Tour Championship to claim his 80th professional victory, ending a five-year winless drought, it felt simultaneously foregone and captivating.The 42-year-old with the fused spine held off the best players in the world in the prime of their careers, doing what so many said he couldn’t. After four back surgeries, four knee surgeries and off-the-course problems that chipped away at his reputation, Woods completed what could be called the greatest comeback in the history of sport. “I just can’t believe I pulled this off,” an emotional Woods said. “It’s been tough. It’s been not so easy the last couple of years.”Woods entered Sunday with a three-stroke lead, having torn up the course at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta during a Saturday round 65. By strokes gained, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole relative to the field average, Woods gained 4.07 total strokes on the field and 2.97 strokes with the putter on Saturday alone. For his career, he had taken a 54-hole lead of at least three strokes 23 times. He had never squandered it. That streak continued.Seemingly everything in his arsenal came together at exactly the same time.The putter that failed him so spectacularly at the Dell Technologies Championship was there. So too was the driver that couldn’t find a single fairway on the front nine of the PGA Open final round.During Woods’s heyday, he dominated the tee box, ranking inside the top 45 in strokes gained off the tee each season for which he qualified from 20041The first season the data is available. to 2012, including three top–10 stints. That hasn’t been the case this season. Woods entered the weekend ranked outside the top 100 in strokes gained off the tee and total driving efficiency. But at the Tour Championship, only five players gained more strokes off the tee than Woods’s 0.48. 2010-11*-0.23–+0.65–-0.09–+0.06– Woods cut his teeth with clutch play on the green, and he ranked no lower than 32nd in strokes gained with the putter in each season for which he qualified from 2004 to 2012, including four top–10 stints. This season, however, inconsistencies on the green led to club changes four times. But at the Tour Championship, Woods, who was walking in putts with gusto, gained the second-most strokes on the field with the putter (1.28). 2014-17*-0.44–+0.22–-0.49–+0.24– read more