Doc Medicina’s 10 Tips for a Healthy, Happy Life


Cornelius Celsus (ca 25 BC—ca 50), Roman author of De Medicina, was considered to be way ahead of his time in regards to his teachings on maintaining good health. Ironic he died so young. His suggestions are common sense and accepted practices. I will overlook his blood-letting instructions and vomit obsessions and bring you his top ten tips for a healthy, happy life:

  1. Live in a house full of light that enjoys the summer’s breeze and winter’s fun.
  2. Exercise by playing ball, gymnastics, and take long, brisk walks.
  3. Do not overeat. (George Burns followed this rule: he attributed his longevity to his practice of eating only half of whatever was on his plate).
  4. Start your meals with greens. Eat apples, dates, or other such fruits for dessert.
  5. Drink wine in moderation.
  6. Massages and baths are great for tired, achy bodies.
  7. Get plenty of fresh air.
  8. If you have gas, avoid legumes, fat, and sweets. 
  9. If you are fatigued, move about and change your job or scenery.
  10. People who are depressed should exercise, be surrounded by loved ones, and take a vacation.

If you want to know what Celsus had to say about such things as treating gangrenous mouth lesions, agglutinating wounds, or helping women who collapse speechless, consult his expansive De Medicina.

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The Happiest People Do These 4 Things Every Day


No one sets out to have a bad day. Can you imagine rubbing the sleep out of your eyes, stretching your stiff muscles while thinking,

Sure, you may not be in your best mood when you first get up, but you do want your day to go well, and be happy, yes? So how is it that you start out in a pretty good mood and poof: one text, one attitude, or an unexpected disruption steals your mojo and 180’s your disposition?

It happens to me all the time.

  I don’t like the tone of that email. Did she just raise her bushy eyebrows at me? What did he mean by we’ll see? She didn’t answer my text, she’s mad at me!  Why do I always have to clean the microwave? OMG – he didn’t say good morning back – what a jerk.

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Mama says Ben Franklin, Foosball, and Technology is the Devil


Bobby BoucherMama, when did Ben Franklin invent electricity?
Mama Boucher: That’s nonsense, I invented electricity. Ben Franklin is the Devil!

After watching the Waterboy, I learned lots of things were the devil. Foosball, girls, electricity. If Bobby Boucher brought home a dazzling new iPhone 6 you can be sure Mama would stomp that thing to death as she exploded,

No son of mine is gonna play any eyesphone, eyesphone is the devil!

Does Mama, even with her overdramatized, overprotective, and outrageous behavior, have some wisdom for us? Is technology wicked, cruel, punishing? Does it rob us of love, relationships, and at times feel like it could take our soul?

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Puppy Dreams


I love to watch my dog sleep.  He curls up on our couch or his fluffy doggy bed, head and paws touching, tail tucked close to his body and falls asleep in what seems like seconds.  Soon I hear little woof-woofs while his nose twitches and paws move gently as if running through air. What is he dreaming about? Is he chasing the bunny, playing at the dog park, or running to greet me?  Or, is his puppy dreaming nothing more than sleep reflexes as his brain does what all dogs brains do when they sleep.

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3 Hot Tips For Drop-to-Your-Knees-Awesome Content!


Getting people to read your content starts with a thwackingly great headline.

The bait is taken now keep readers hooked. Deliver Drop-To-Your-Knees-Awesome content with these 3 hot tips:
BAM! Get to the point.

Don’t make me pick off the fat to get to the meat. Scrollers are gonna scroll so save them the time by giving them what they came for. We are skimmers and fickle and off to the next headline before you can say, Tic-Tac Sir?

YOO-HOO…Give me eye candy.

Break up your text with cool-with-attitude pictures and images that invoke my emotions and make me want to stay awhile.

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Oh, How I Love Art…


I do, I do, I do believe in art, and lots of it. I posted a detailed review of Artsology at our family’s blog: Homeschoolbuzz Here’s a teaser, and a link to the review in it’s entirety.

Art has always been a core subject in our boy’s homeschool education, right alongside reading, math, writing, and video games.  Gaming got there by default: three boys, majority rules, 21st century, it’s in their blood. I quit fighting and embraced the games.

A diverse and consistent exposure to art throughout your children’s formative years is essential to a well rounded education. I just finished perusing and had to tell you what a goldmine of free art lessons and online games they offer!  They also explore topics in music and literature. I was surprised to learn Artsology has been around for eleven years, and bummed to think I missed out on some great art explorations!

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Share Your Burden, Bear a Burden, Find Freedom


There was a time in my life where I avoided suffering.  Ironic for someone who chose nursing as a career.  I didn’t last as a hospital nurse.  I made excuses for why I couldn’t go to a funeral or wake.  I stopped watching the news.  I became tongue tied when I did try to offer condolences or comfort a suffering friend.  The thought of adding even an ounce of someone else’s burden to my own triggered in me panic and fear.

Until I tried it. A little here and there, I didn’t collapse.

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Memorize Anything With 3 Blissfully Simple Tricks


Einstein once said,

I never memorize anything I can look up.  

My youngest son heard me say that one day and now he says there’s no point in memorizing the multiplication tables.

I need to save my gray matter for things that are important.  He says.

Memorization is not that hard. It’s as blissfully simple as finding patterns and anchoring information with things you can relate to.
Take names. Are you like me and as soon as you are introduced to a new person you shake hands and say Hi Mr. Blah Blah and then forget his name just as soon as it rolls off your tongue? Why does that happen?

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Where are Your Manners?


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Here’s a clip of my contribution to this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling.

As a teacher, there are some behaviors I am more apt to tolerate than others. Fidgety? I understand, I’m the same way. Forgetful? That’s expected: we all have lots of things to remember. Unfinished assignments? As long as it isn’t an everyday ongoing occurrence, I can deal with. But bad manners? Impropriety of behavior is one thing I will not tolerate in my students. It’s a good thing I have only had three in my homeschool because ingraining proper manners and instilling sincere politeness in my boys has required consistent effort.

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