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Finding Writing Inspiration

Hi my favorite readers! Here is some interesting reading I received from Write to Done I thought I’d share with the writers among us:
It is a guest post from James Chartrand of Men with Pens, known for his sharp-shooting advice to writers

It’s all been said. It’s been written before. We feel like we’re just rehashing the same old story everyone else has written. And inspiration dies like leaves falling from trees in autumn. There are ways to find inspiration again. Most suggest taking a break, setting down the pen and paper to do other activities for a while. Reading a book is a good way to give our brains a rest. Going for a walk is another; any physical activity boosts creativity.

What if inspiration still doesn’t come? What if you take a break, read a book, get active and still come up blank when you sit down to write? In most cases, all you have to do is look within to find the inspiration you need. Easy? No. Necessary? Yes.

Our mind plays tricks on us all the time. The events we’ve lived and the experiences we’ve had create perception issues. We may view our world through fears and self-set messages that fool us into believing lies we find comfortable. They’ll think this is silly… No one will want to read this. It’s not interesting enough, not different enough. I’m boring. I’m not a good writer. I shouldn’t be doing this… I’ll never finish. I never finish anything. I’m wasting my life. Why can’t I come up with something good for once?”

Many of you may recognize some of your fears in these phrases. They’re common ones, thoughts that even the best writers get from time to time. We could even say that they’re inspired thoughts, negative messages fed by fears that get the best of us. So what do you do? How do you break through the mental barriers that hold you back to release the words you once loved? Here are some suggestions…

Simulate a scenario
Think of all the possible outcomes and look at the worst-case scenarios. If you write something and no one likes it, what do you feel might happen? What is the worst consequence you can think of? What is the best consequence, too? What would you do if these consequences occurred?

Consider the likelihood of each outcome as well and weigh the chances of you taking a risk. You may see that by objective thought, your fears aren’t really founded in reality – then take that risk and give it a try.

Make it an experiment and analyze the results. Learn from the outcome you achieve. Did you have a negative outcome? If so, why? What will you do better next time? Did you have a positive result? How does that contradict what you believed? How does it make you feel?

Validate your feelings

We all tend to avoid feelings that make us uncomfortable. We don’t particularly enjoy thinking about what scares us or makes us sad, and we avoid considering why we feel that way. Who knows what we might uncover?

Well, that’s the point right there – who knows what you might discover if you look your fears in the eye and say to yourself, “Okay, I’m terrified of rejection.” It’s part of you, so accept that you have this fear. Then befriend the fear and treat it like a person that needs you to overcome this obstacle. By taking the focus off you and placing it in a third-party perspective, you’ll often find the courage you need to break through.

Confirm your reality

Most of our perceptions of the world aren’t accurate and we make huge assumptions about what people think of us (and what they aren’t telling us). But the truth is that these assumptions are, in most cases, completely false.
A good way to realign our thoughts with a more realistic view is to use confirmation as a fantastic tool. Do you think your work is boring or not good at all? The minute you have that thought, be accountable for taking action. Find an objective person you trust to immediately to tell you the truth.

Don’t make assumptions on what other people think. The minute you start to imagine what others believe, seize the moment and ask a trusted person to tell you the truth. Confirm reality and remind yourself of this reality every time the whispered messages start. You’ll soon begin to eliminate them and feel confident about the truth.

These three tips may seem like a bunch of psychological mumbo-jumbo, but they’re actually good ways to break out of negative self-talk that holds you back. That’s key to finding inspiration for writing, because only confidence and freedom lets us truly release our minds go to explore what we can create.

And when you do that, you’ll find inspiration – and you’ll also have the confidence to write.
About the Author: Need more inspiration to break free and become a better writer? James Chartrand can help. Visit his blog at Men with Pens for more advice on writing.
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A Fun Way To Improve Your Balance

Hi everyone! For years I have been doing balancing exercises to maintain my vestibular system health, overall body alignment, and good health. This is due to years of double vision, closed head injury, leg length discrepancy and other conditions. I’m not your average bear. I’m better looking.

The vestibular system, by the way, is where your inner ear is located. The health of this system determines how well your balance is, your overall level of well-being, and how engaged you are in everyday activities. Wow…see how it’s important to keep it healthy? That’s only a very simplified description, too.

Anyways…I found an easy and safe way to regularly do some balancing exercises. It involves the water.

Let me back up for a bit….Usually, vestibular rehab exercises involve sitting upright on a bed. Then, you’d quickly fall to your left and stay there until you’re not dizzy. Slowly return to the sitting position. Repeat this exercise to the right.

A chair-based exercise involves sitting with your feet firmly planted on the surface. You keep your eyes open and quickly turn your head to the right. Keep it there until all dizziness subsides. Slowly return to center position. Repeat exercise to the left.

For more information, feel free to visit the Vestibular Disorders Association website at:

These are good for land-based maneuvers. (Good, but NOT fun.) But…who wants land when water is available??!!

Recently I was in the swimming pool. I thought it would be fun to quickly do some log rolls. What could it hurt? I couldn’t fall. That’s the benefit of water exercises. :) It worked out perfectly. It was a fun way to exercise my vestibular system.

And yet another reason you need to start heading into the water and working out. The water’s buoyancy naturally supports your body weight, making it impossible to fall. You could be the clumsiest person in the world, but the water doesn’t care. It’ll lift you up. :)

You say you’re afraid of water? Many people are. I’ll keep my tongue in check, but quickly say that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. A number of YMCAs offer swimming lessons to introduce others to the wonders of water.

Remember to keep your vestibular system in good shape to improve your longevity and overall health. You’ll be glad you did.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Sharing A TKR, Dog, and Stairs Story

It seems there are a number of dog lovers among us. It’s always fun regaling stories about how they impact our lives. Here is an experience I shared with a friend’s four-legged family member.

Doing stairs seems to be a common concern with us tkr folk. Some can do them with ease. Others cannot do them at all comfortably. And, still others, can do them but it’s not a pretty site. I fall into the latter category. Well…I walk downstairs, but at a slow and careful pace. I definitely need railings. Going upstairs is doable, but slow going. Recently, I received some insight into what I must look like to others. Here’s the story:

At the time I was dog sitting a Doberman Pincher. He is a beautiful, friendly, and boisterous creature, for sure. At first he would walk downstairs with me, kind of like the buddy system. Then he realized that I was going too slow. He began to stand at the top of the stairway and wait for me to walk down first. As I walk downstairs and reach the ground surface, I turned and looked up at him.

I notice he is looking at me with his head tilted.  It’s quite entertaining, the look of perplexity in his eyes. He’s probably wondering, “What’s up with that?” He would stand there for a few moments with his tilted head and wondering eyes. Then, he would merrily walk down the stairs and join me at ground level.

You kind of had to be there to completely enjoy the experience. :) It brightened the entire stairs episode, for sure. Pets are cool.

Hoping this brings a chuckle to your soul and massage to your innards.

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P.S. This brings back memories of his large dog bark. That’s what a dog should sound like. However…I didn’t know him that well. My only experiences with a Doberman were the attack dogs from movies and media. So…one day he’s in the kitchen. He starts vigorously barking and hurriedly running in circles. I’m freaking out. What’s going on? Is he so hungry he’s going to eat me? (Standing up, his back came up to my waist. He was one BIG dog.) Does he have to go to the bathroom? I wasn’t warned about this behavior. What’s going on?

So…I offer him some treats. He sniffs, but keeps running in circles. His barking intensity increases. Then, I open the outside door. Woah…he makes a mad dash outside as if there’s no end in site. He needed to relief himself. Whew…I was saved. My flesh remained intact.
End of story…

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Natural Home Cleaners & A TKR

Hi everyone! Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post about natural ingredients to use for household cleaning purposes and it went over well. It is important to maintain a clean environment while recuperating from a tkr (or anytime, for that matter). So….

I found this helpful article on and thought I’d pass it along. The more natural cleaners you can use, the better your home environment and overall health will be.

Natural Home Cleaning
Everyone loves a clean, sparkling, fresh-smelling home. But when you look at your shiny bathtub after a good scrub, it’s possible — depending on what type of cleaner you use — that you are inhaling harmful pollutants left over from that scrubbing agent. Studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have shown that levels of pollutants inside the home are easily two to five times higher than levels outdoors. Many home cleaning products greatly contribute to lowering air quality in the home. They can also leave compounds floating in the indoor air long after your cleaning spree has ended.

Conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can also be harmful to the environment. When you clean your kitchen sink and rinse that harsh solvent down the drain, where does it go? Choosing environmentally friendly alternatives not only keeps your home a healthy place for your family, but it also helps the earth.

Easy alternatives
Buying eco-friendly home cleaning products is one way to solve these problems. Another idea is to use kitchen items already in your cupboards for home cleaning. There are an astonishing number of simple, easy, and affordable ways that basic home ingredients like baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and essential oils can be used to clean, disinfect, and deodorize your home.

Baking soda. It’ a natural cleanser, deodorizer, and scrubbing agent.
Liquid soap. Mix a concentrated, eco-friendly liquid soap with other ingredients to form homemade cleaners.
Vinegar. Use it to remove grease, wax, dirt, and mildew. White distilled vinegar is usually better because cider vinegar can stain some surfaces.
Isopropyl alcohol. Pour a little on a cotton ball or paper towel to disinfect doorknobs, telephones, countertops, or any other surface (aside from wood, which it dries out).
Essential oils. Tea tree, eucalyptus, and lavender oils can all disinfect as well as add a pleasant smell to your homemade cleaners.
Lemon juice. A cleaning agent on its own, it can also add a nice, clean smell to your homemade cleaners.

The recipes
All-purpose mildly abrasive cleanser. Baking soda, liquid soap, and an essential oil of your choice — tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender —are a great team because of their disinfecting properties and combined scent. Use a generous amount of baking soda and mix in the liquid soap until you have a smooth pastelike consistency. Add a few drops of the essential oil and scrub away at your bathtub, sink, or toilet. If mold or mildew is present pretreat the area with hydrogen peroxide, and if there is grease use vinegar.

Nontoxic furniture polish. A combination of oil and vinegar works to extract dirt from furniture as well as moisturize and protect wood. Olive oil and jojoba oil are good choices, and white distilled vinegar is best because apple cider vinegar can stain. A ratio of 1 part oil to 2 parts vinegar will work, and can be adjusted depending on the finish of the wood.

Chemical-free oven cleaner. Who wants to put a rough chemical solvent in the same oven in which they will later bake food? A great alternative to conventional oven cleaners is baking soda and water. Cover the bottom of the oven with baking soda and then spray with water. Leave the mixture overnight and then spoon it out in the morning. It’s that simple! Add a little lemon to the water for a fresh scent.

Sharing The Appreciation Philosophy

Hi everyone! Here are some facts to ponder during those days when it seems everything is going wrong. I recently received this from one of my friends and thought it is appropriate for everyone.  It’s known as the ‘Appreciation Philosophy’.  Enjoy….

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness …..
you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation …
you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death… you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead, and a place to sleep… you are richer than 75 percent of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a
dish someplace…. you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married…….
you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly
thankful…… you are blessed, because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them, or even touch them on the shoulder….. you are blessed, because you can offer healing touch.

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in
that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than more than two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

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Ways to Elevate Your TKR Leg While Sitting At A Desk

Hi everyone! Here is a reprint of an article I wrote about recuperating while sitting at a desk. You’ve sent a lot of requests for it (thank you!) …so here goes..Enjoy!

Recently, a few of my readers asked for suggestions on ways to sit comfortably at a desk after having their total knee replacement (or any leg injury, for that matter). Here are some ideas that work well for me. They keep the ankle and lower leg swelling down for me.

I needed something after those “foot rests” just do not do the job that they claim they do.  Plus, my methods are cheaper. :) Try these suggestions and see how it goes….

  • Upside down milk crate. Depending upon the height of your chair, this will provide for a nice leg extension.

  • Hard drive. Sometimes my computer’s hard drive is underneath the desk. This is the perfect height for propping my leg up.

  • Cardboard storage box. When filled, this will not cave in from your leg’s weight. If not filled, try putting a piece of plywood on the top to prevent caving in.

  • Exercise ball. Depending on the space available, there are a variety of sizes you can choose from to prop your leg up onto.

  • Stack of phone books. This is a nice and sturdy way to elevate your leg.

  • Stack of books. Any book will do. Just stack them high enough to provide you with relief.

  • Attache case. If wide enough, you will be able to “stand it up” at just the right height.

  • Backpack. When filled, backpacks of all shapes and sizes can provide some elevation for you and your leg.

  • Boombox. This may be less in height than other items, but it will provide elevation.

  • Step stool. These are great, if you can fit them under your desk. They come in all shapes and sizes, though – so you ought to be able to find one that suits your needs.

Experiment. Whenever you see an item, look at it as a way to elevate your leg. It may work, or it may not.

Find interesting? Kindly share…thanks!

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! May the luck of the Irish be with you!

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Lose Weight By Eating Fewer, If Any, Processed Foods

Someone recently told me that they didn’t know how to lose weight. My response: “Stop eating processed foods.” Plain and simply, this is the perfect solution to a weight loss dilemma. Let me explain further…

Processed foods are defined as any food that has been changed from its natural state. These foods provide a convenience factor that can be hard to beat in our fast-paced society. Beware, though. These dangerous foods can easily put on the pounds.

These foods are calorie-dense, making them extremely dangerous for any weight conscious person. Being calorie-dense means they contain more calories per serving than unprocessed foods. You can start gaining weight without realizing it. You may be eating smaller amounts of food, but consuming more calories.

Packaging is another dangerous side of processed foods. Products may contain unsubstantiated health claims. Important details may be hard to decipher. Containers, in particular, can be very misleading. It is quite easy to believe that a serving size is the entire container, when in fact, it is only one-half the container size. This can easily lead to excessive calorie consumption.

Processed foods usually contain high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is linked to obesity. Even in foods that are not sweet, this ingredient can be used by manufacturers to increase bulk. It is found in foods such as bread, ketchup, bottled and canned pasta sauces, boxed puddings and a variety of other prepared foods. High fructose corn syrup is especially harmful if you are trying to lose weight, since upon ingestion, it turns to fat. Unlike real sugar which fills you up, this additive has a reputation for not satiating the appetite. It fools your body into believing you need to eat more.

You can lower your consumption of processed foods by eating out less. Eateries can be extremely dangerous places for people trying to lose weight. Portion sizes are huge, which makes overeating too easy. Even if a menu item is listed as healthy, you do not know how it is prepared or what is added into the final product. Eateries are notorious for using a variety of commercially-prepared bases and mixes that contain added sugars, fats, additives and other items. These can play havoc on any weight loss program.

* The key to losing weight is having control over your food. This does not happen when eating out. To best avoid processed foods, order fresh foods without sauces, gravies and cream-bases. Instead, lower your calorie consumption by choosing salsas, fresh fruit compotes and have all condiments served on the side. Make certain your meals are made with the freshest of ingredients.

Avoid products made with refined flour. White flour, sometimes known as refined or enriched wheat flour, is a common ingredient in processed foods. Read the ingredient label on commercially prepared breads, crackers, cookies and baked items, boxed cereals, boxed cake mixes or other foods that are mass-manufactured.

* White flour is a processed food. White flour results from the processing of whole grain into a powdery substance void of any substantive nutrients. Consuming products made with refined white flour can be especially harmful if you are trying to lose weight since the foods contain zero fiber, making it too easy to consume larger quantities. This packs on the calories.

* Since refined flour has all the fiber removed, you will not receive that health benefit. The flour is especially dangerous since it is quickly digested, resulting in quick and easy weight gain. You will feel like you need to eat more, instead of less. It is a studied fact that processed foods promote binge eating.

* In comparison, the natural fiber found in whole grains provides you with a low-calorie appetite suppressant that fills you up. There are no side effects, either. The fiber is slowly digested by your body. This results in your appetite being quenched. You feel satisfied after eating whole grain foods.

Lose weight by retraining your buying habits. Eating less processed foods is easier than you may think. It just takes self-discipline, knowledge, and time. When in a grocery store, buy your food from the store’s perimeter. This is where the produce, meats and seafood, dairy and other natural foods will be found. Visit your farmer’s market and buy fresh foods. Talk to the farmers who grow the foods, the food’s source, to learn about your food. Learning about your food source is exciting and empowering.

Become a better informed consumer by realizing that the food industry is deceptive. Do not fall for their claims about processed foods being healthy for you. Some of those claims are completely unsubstantiated. Always remember that the industry spends millions of advertising dollars to sway consumer eating habits. Profits are the final answer, not health.

Getting back to the basics by eating fresh foods cooked in a healthy manner, exercising regularly and developing lifelong healthy habits will help you lose weight and keep it off.

Hope this helps others dealing with a weight loss dilemma.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Announcing New Release of Popular “Dealing With Insomnia” Book in Large Print

Hi my favorite readers! I am pleased to announce the re-release of my “Dealing With Insomnia After A Total Knee Replacement” book in new formats. For those with vision concerns, you can now purchase my book in large print and read it on your Kindle.

The book is also available for sale through Amazon’s Whispernet format, meaning you can listen to it instead of reading it. It’s text-to-speech technology, at its best.

Anyways…you can visit my Storefront page for more information. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find a link to click on. That will take you to my Amazon store, where you can purchase the book. To make things easy…you can also just click on this link:

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

How Does Some Pistachio Shortbread Sound?

Hi my favorite readers! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE pistachios. It’s always such fun to develop recipes that utilize foods in a different manner. Here is a recipe I developed that put pistachios in a new light…Enjoy!

Pistachio Shortbread

To find the recipe: Simply copy and paste the below link to be taken to my natural foods/living blog. You can also scroll down and find the site listed underneath “My Blogs” on the left sidebar. Thanks!

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