The hardship of the sea life

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Funeral at Sea Mophar on POND5

Scurvy was a mysterious disease that was understood and forgotten. Cures were discovered and lost or not shared. Even when treatments were well-documented, their effectiveness was misunderstood. Incorrect theories of the disease included the imbalance of the Humors, escaped putrid air, and rotten meat.

A severe deficiency of Vitamin C causes Scurvy. The main symptoms of Scurvy are fatigue, depression, and then the physical signs proceed, including spongy gums, loose teeth, bleeding skin, and scaly skin. Low Vitamin C does cause fatigue. According to Margaret Ward’s” Behavioral and Monoamine changes following severe Vitamin C deficiency,” without Vitamin C, iron cannot…


Twists, Turns and Red Herrings

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154331237 Ilkin Quliyev on 123rf

Charles Lindbergh was an American Icon and Aviator. His wife Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh was an aviator in her own right, and together, they seemed to have the perfect American life. On March 1, 1932, their 20-month-old son was kidnapped for ransom. The Lindbergh’s paid the ransom, but the kidnappers did not return their son. He was later found deceased only miles from the room he was taken.

Bruno Hauptmann was arrested after the ransom banknotes were traced to him; he was convicted and executed. He never professed his guilt nor revealed any accomplices. The Lindberghs fell out of public…


And What I’ve Learned.

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Everything told us Fall 2020 was going to look different. The state where I live instructed schools to develop three different scenarios, In-person, Distance, and Hybrid. I kept thinking: really, those are the only options they can consider. It doesn’t seem like any of those are good options. Indeed, Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All. Now was the time to think outside the box to give children some normalcy.

Empty churches, empty libraries, empty theaters, and no one was thinking, let’s spread these kids way out, get teachers, tutors, nannies, to facilitate this. The PRENDA model…


From Hygge to Sober Curious

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Covid-19 has left many employers opting for Virtual Fairs this year. With this change, employers need to develop new and exciting ways to keep their employees engaged in their Health and Wellness. There is still an opportunity to adopt a annual theme to their wellness initiatives. In this article, I will outline two examples of topical Health and Wellness themes — the Danish concept of Hygge and the trend of Sober Curious — to increase employee feelings of satisfaction and contentedness during this challenging time.

Benefits of Employee Health and Wellness Programs

Employee Health and…


My older son was always interested in his baby brother. He wanted to be by him and play with him. He never was that toddler or preschooler to fawn over his little brother, though, and that, of course, is fine, not everyone is a baby person. However, I realized by the time the little one was 18 months, I wasn’t doing anything to encourage a bond between them.

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Photo by Travis Grossen on Unsplash

I came into motherhood during the age we are supposed to trust out baby, toddler, preschooler. Telling my older son how to feel about babies seemed wrong. …


You have to give yourself something

This January, I’ve decided I’m going to try to abstain from alcohol and participate in “Dry January.” In case you are not familiar, Dry January started in the United Kingdom in 2013. It was inspired by a marathon runner, Emily Robinson, who had given up drinking in January of 2011 to prepare for her upcoming run. What surprised her the most was the overall interest in her month-long sobriety from her friends and colleagues. According to Alcoholchange.org.uk by 2017, a “YouGov survey showed that over four million Britons” participated in Dry January.

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash
Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

What are…


It took Motherhood for this to finally sink in for me.

I remember a very stressful shopping trip with my toddler and 2-month-old. I realized after it was too late how hard it was to reach in the cart while wearing a baby carrier. Compounding, this was trying to keep my toddler’s demands about pushing credit and scanner buttons to a minimum. I started to feel sweaty and anxious about the whole experience.

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(Wallaby making babywearing look easy)

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At this moment, I was surprised when the elderly couple behind me offered to unload the cart for me. Pausing for…

Rebecca Kotnik

Part-time Controller and Total Compensation Administrator and a full-time mom. In her free time, she likes to research, write and puzzle.

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