Seven Reasons to Become Your Own Pharmacist…Well, Sort of…

Working in retail pharmacy for 21 years, I saw the following scenario way too many times. The circumstances and drugs were different, but the result was the same. The patient had been placed in danger due to the pitfalls that can occur when getting a prescription filled. And I’m talking about when the prescription is filled correctly from the first step to the last. These pitfalls go beyond the actual filling of the prescription. In the busy, prescription-hungry culture we {Read More}

Can You Ever Feel Normal After Narcotic Addiction?

Come visit me over at Addiction Blog today. Can you really ever feel normal after narcotic addiction?                          

Drug Interactions~What Your Pharmacist & Doctor Might Not Tell You

  Have you ever thought about the number of prescriptions your pharmacy fills every day? The smaller, independent pharmacies are on the lower end of the scale, but it’s not uncommon for your corner CVS or Walgreens to fill 700-1500 prescriptions every day. The use of prescription drugs in the United States on the rise and the statistics are staggering. Check out what the Centers for Disease Control reported in 2010: Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans {Read More}

How to make a Valentine Tree

In all honesty, I have very little artistic talent, but I can be fairly creative. The problem is, creativity takes time, which is always in short supply. But with a little motivation from a friend and a really cool tree I’ve always wanted to make something with, I decided to make a Valentine’s tree this year. My curly-branched tree is called a “Curly Ligustrom” for any of you green-thumbs out there. In the summer, the leaves disguise the branches and {Read More}

A Free Valentine Screensaver

In all of my Google searches involved in the WordPress learning process, I stumbled upon a fun little site called Tagxedo. For anyone who loves words, you will LOVE Tagxedo. You can completely customize your words, image, colors, etc. and create all kinds of fun stuff! Just for fun, I created a screensaver for Valentine’s day for you to upload  by clicking here: FREE VALENTINE SCREENSAVER  Enjoy! I’ve never been great at tutorials, but if y’all are interested, just leave {Read More}

The War on Drugs

So much for Simple Saturdays, life has been anything but simple this week. One of my closest friends learned that her mom committed suicide (pills) on the same day she learned she’s having a baby boy. My short and oh-so-sassy 18-year-old daughter had her heart broken yesterday after attending a funeral for a boy her age who died of an accidental overdose. Pills…pills…pills…are taking over our families! How have we come to this?  I remember seeing a video about the {Read More}

Christianity and Addiction~Guest Post at Addiction Blog

    I’m excited to be over at addiction blog today with an article and powerful poem on the spiritual warfare of addiction. Please visit me over there today and feel free to leave a comment! I’ll be posting the poem here on my blog in a few weeks. Please share it with anyone you know who might be battling with the hopelessness of addiction.

My One Word: Simplify

  I love how people pick one word as their word to live by for the year. Last year, my one word was simply “God.” I wanted to make God the center of everything in my life…to the extent that every decision I made each day was centered around my faith in him. Overall, I think the year went pretty well. Obviously, I didn’t consider God with every decision…like Chinese or Pizza for supper…but he was present and accounted for in every {Read More}

The Best Aluminum-free Deodorant Ever~Works Great and it’s Cheap!

  When I met my friend Betsy on a school field trip with our kids, I knew I’d met someone intriguing that I wanted to befriend, and she completely dismissed me, thinking I was just being nice. What intrigued me about her was her view on eating and using only organic products. The minute she heard I was a pharmacist, she assumed I was only interested in the synthetic world of drugs and wrote me off immediately. After a few {Read More}

Thought #10: Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Okay. So I set up this series of posts before Christmas, and of course these last few I’ve written at the last minute (It’s just after midnight on the 10th).  And right now, I don’t feel very qualified to write a post about being overwhelmed, because I am so overwhelmed right now! Not really about important things, just things that seem urgent—like taking down my real Christmas tree that is still standing (well, actually kind of falling apart at this point). And {Read More}

Thought #9: Leave the Past Behind You

Everyone has a past. That past, good or bad, can shape you into the person you are to become—good or bad. Sometimes bad experiences from the past could cause us to make poor choices in our future, and then sometimes just the opposite is true. Sometimes it’s the bad events of the past that cause us to make good decisions for our future. The point is, you either learn from your past or you don’t. How many times have you {Read More}

Thought #8: Live for today in gratitude and thanks

  When Ann Voskamp wrote her book, One Thousand Gifts, she obviously awakened a place we’ve needed to get back to. A place where we can “live fully right where we are.” As part of the human {rat}race, we are always “movin’ on up” as George Jefferson would say. We are constantly trying to be better—richer, thinner, more talented, etc. We search for blessings in our future as things we must earn. If we spend out entire lives striving to be more, when {Read More}

Thought #7: Helping others is key to leading a happy life

Well, here it is 11:17 pm on Jan 6th. My goal for the first 10 days of the year was to post once daily about how certain thoughts can actually change our world. And I believe 100% in these ten “thoughts” I’m writing about. My goal of posting daily for the first ten days of the year, however, might have been a bit ambitious. Because now it’s 11:23 pm, and I’m ending up worrying about myself after all because I {Read More}

Thought #6: Forgiveness is necessary for a life of freedom

Forgiving someone who has done you wrong is very difficult for some people. Our human instinct tells us to hold a grudge against people who have hurt us. But we are all sinners, and we have all hurt someone in one-way or another. What if no one ever forgave? The world is bad enough as it is, but what if we held a grudge against every single person who’d wronged us; and what if everyone who we’ve ever hurt held {Read More}