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Did You See Mama Mia The Movie? It’s the best ‘feel-good’ movie I have ever seen.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on October 27, 2008

Can a good movie reduce stress? I’ve always believed that smiling and laughing is healing in some way. And, there is a lot of evidence that supports that theory. I also know that for me, music can deeply affect my mood. Some songs are sad reminders of the past, and others are happy reminders of experiences I never want to forget. Seeing the movie Mamma Mia with my daughter, and listening to all the music, is definitely going to be a lasting and happy memory for me.

This is what happened. My daughter has been wanting to see the movie Journey To The Center Of The Earth in 3-D, and we’ve also both wanted to see Mamma Mia. So, on Thursday, we decided to see Journey To The Center Of The Earth. But, when we got to the theater we found out it was only in 3-D at “selected” theaters, and we weren’t at one of those. Mamma Mia was showing in the same theater about 15 minutes later, so we decided to see that instead.

To tell you the truth, I really didn’t think that either one of the movies was going to have much of an impact on me. I was feeling quite depressed, and was only taking my daughter to the movies because I thought that was what a good mother would do.

So, since I was feeling like a failure as a mother when it came to my son, I thought I shouldn’t let my anxiety affect my daughter. However, I didn’t think anything, much less a movie, would be able to take my mind off of my troubles.

Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Top 10 Hot Topics From BlogHer Health and Wellness

Posted by Catherine Morgan on January 1, 2008

Top 10 Hot Topics From BlogHer Health and Wellness – by Catherine Morgan (cross-posted at CatherineBlogs.com)

It’s the last day of 2007, and I thought I would do this post on some of the hot topics from BlogHer Health and Wellness. So, in no particular order, here is what I think are the top ten. — read the full post at BlogHer.

And, my New Years wish for you…and the world.

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How To Find Kindness And Leave Judgment Behind

Posted by Catherine Morgan on October 2, 2007

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How To Find Kindness And Leave Judgment Behind — by Catherine Morgan

Jewel has a song, and in it she sings….”In the end, only kindness matters”. Those are very profound words. I would even say, that these are words to live your life by. Because, it is so true. In the grand scheme of things, we are here on earth only a very short time. Many of us spend much of this time being angry at people, making judgments on others, and generally just not being as kind as we could be.

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How To Leave Anger and Loneliness Behind — Choose To Be Happy

Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 13, 2007

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Choosing Happiness — by Catherine Morgan

“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi

Are you making significant life decisions from a place of fear or anger? Most of us do. When we make choices and respond to people and situations in our life in reaction to fearful and angry emotions, we are choosing unhappiness. From the little responses and decisions in our life, right up to the big ones. So, who cares? Why does this even matter? I genuinely believe we all want peace in our lives. Peace on earth would be great too. The saying; “Be the change you want to see in the world”, suggests that by making positive changes in our own lives, we contribute to a wave that can flow from us, to our family, to our communities, and to the world. It is such a sweet thought. Even if you don’t believe that minor changes you make in your own life can make a difference in the world, there is no doubt that the way we feel emotionally greatly affects our overall personal happiness. How are you feeling about; love, life, family, your job?

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First Do No Harm — My Statement To The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on May 17, 2007

I will not be invisible anymore. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has taken a lot from me, but I still have my voice, and I will be heard. With my voice I hope to help bring awareness and visibility to a disease that has been misunderstood and ignored for too long.

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On May 16th and 17th the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, D.C. where a dedicated group of top CFS experts and advocates – will report on the latest research findings and patient needs, and submit budget allocation recommendations to the Secretary of HHS.

I was hoping to attend this meeting and give a five minute statement to the committee, as both a patient and an advocate of this disease. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons I will be unable to attend. However, the committee has agreed to enter my statement into the record, and for this I am very grateful.

The following is my statement…

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Beautiful and Inspirational Quotes of Mother Teresa

Posted by Catherine Morgan on April 15, 2007

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I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?

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Inspirational Quotes Set To The Music Of John Lennon’s Imagine.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 27, 2007

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“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkle – A Video Addressing Worldwide Social Issues

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 15, 2007

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This song always reminds me of when I was a little girl. Me and my grandmother would sit at the player piano, and put this roll in. As the roll turned the words were written on the side, and me and my grandmother would sing this song while the piano played…..I would also pretend to be playing the piano while I was singing. Come to think of it; I guess we were doing Karaoke before there even was Karaoke. Anyway, it’s one of the many nice memories I have of my grandmother, and I always think of her when I hear it (and when I see trees with pink flowers). The song is Bridge Over Troubled Water. I thought it would make a good post, so here it is, I hope you like it.

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Love One And All – Inspirational Quotes Set To The Music Of Josh Groban Singing “Starry Starry Night”

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 14, 2007

I came across this video, and I thought it was just beautiful. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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In The End Only Kindness Matters — Click on the song at bottom of this post.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 22, 2007

This is a post from January, when I first began this blog. Back then I didn’t know too much about blogging…..still have a lot to learn. Anyway, I did learn something new a few days ago…..how to add a YouTube Video to my post. So, I thought I would re-post this and include the song by Jewel, that was my inspiration for writing it. So at the end of this post is the music of Jewel….I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS — by Catherine Morgan

Jewel has a song, and in it she sings….”In the end, only kindness matters”. Those are very profound words. I would even say, that these are words to live your life by. Because, it is so true. In the grand scheme of things, we are here on earth only a very short time. Many of us spend much of this time being angry at people, making judgements on others, and generally just not being as kind as we could be. So, the question then becomes….How can we change that? How can we live a more kind life?

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Who Will “Stand By You”?

Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 21, 2007

This is a post from a few weeks ago, I am posting it again, because I figured out how to add the song to it. So, it’s just a quick read, but then if you want, you can click on the video below to hear the song.

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WHO WILL “STAND BY YOU”? — by Catherine Morgan

One of my favorite songs to listen to is, “I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders — you can play the song at the bottom of this post. I was listening to it today in the car (while riding home from my mammogram). I began to think about how nice it is to know that someone will “stand by you” no matter what. As a mom, I will “stand by” my kids no matter what…I think they know that (especially since I play the song all the time and tell them). The song always makes me think about how lucky people are when they know (really know) that they have someone who will “stand by them” no matter what.

Sometimes when we are feeling down, and life isn’t going our way, and we feel all alone…..That’s the time we find out who will “stand by us”. It’s sad in a way, that it takes tragedy, or pain to find out who the people in our life are that will “stand by us”, even in our darkest hours. The people who are like angels on earth to us–Connie. The people who were like angels on earth to us–Becky. The people that pick us up when we feel like we are in a never ending free fall of grief–Dawny. The people who save us when we just want to die–Vicki. The people who support us when we can barley support ourselves–Frances Ellen. I feel sad for the people who have perfect lives and never get to really find out who these people are in their lives. It is truly the one great blessing that comes out of our heartache and pain.

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