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Namaste That!

NAMASTE THAT: By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

Namaste That!  What do I mean? 

The literal translation of  Namaste or “Namastay” means “I bow to you.” It can also be used as a greeting “good day” or “to be well.” A way of greeting used by many Hindu, Taoist and Buddhist as a form of reverence to those they greet. Namaste is a non-contact form of respectful greeting and used universally while meeting a person of different gender, age or social status.

As a Yoga student, I found the use of the word “Namaste” completely healing. I look forward to the time in yoga, when we greet the teacher and other students with a heart-felt “Namaste” before and after yoga practice. I wish it was a word used more often here in the United States, as freely as we use the words  “Thank you.” As much as I adore my English language, in my opinion there is something  so magical about hearing and saying the word “Namaste” to another human being. The word is always said to another with such a softness in one’s voice; almost in whisper.

What could be better, than to visit your local coffee-house and hear the Barista say, “Namaste” as he/she pleasantly slides your Venti-Decaf-Soy-Latte-NO Whip across the counter!  Adds a little something to the experience , don’t ya think? Ok,  so I am adding a little humor to make my point. We live in such a rude, rushed society at the moment. Often times the Barista behind the  counter can’t muster enough energy to grunt at a customer to ask, “what’s your name for the order?” You get where I am going … right? If  a coffee-house isn’t your thing, how about this.  What about a “Namaste” from your medical receptionist, as you anxiously wait for a doctor’s appointment? What a calm greeting that would be …for once. What about a kind “Namaste” from the local sales person at the department store, as you wait to exchange your item? Ok, so it looked good in the dressing room mirror -then-not- now! Whatever … can I get a “Namaste!”

I get frustrated, irritated on certain days. On those few days, I want to wear a  BIG sandwiched board saying, “NAMASTE That!”

My point, I would love to see human beings embrace the word “Namaste” more often. I believe the word can help you live a healthier and happy life. NAMASTE THAT!

I Love Medical Technology!

I Love Medical Technology: By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

 The phrase “A picture is worth a thousands words.” I LOVE TECHNOLOGY! Pretty much sums it up for me.

On August 24, 2011, I so proudly blogged about my new Bionic-ness! Is bionic-ness even a word? If not -it is now! Since becoming “Bionic Woman” and receiving my Medtronic REVEAL XT heart monitor implant, I have been nervously awaiting any useful feedback from my cardiologist.

I am certainly doing my part, pressing the camera fob when I feel the slightest bit of irregular heart beat activity. Is it my imagination? Could the flutter I feel in my chest be overwhelming emotions building up from all the hunky heart throbs sitting next to me at my local coffee shop? You know the guys, barely able to say, “whazzz up?”

Naaah, I have  Atrial Arrhythmia, a change in the hearts’ normal rate or rhythm, normally between 60 and 100 beats per minute. I can NOT believe the heart monitor has already transmitted life saving information. I am skipping  from 5-6 beats to 8-10 beats randomly throughout the day. If this is the first 31 days of transmission, I am nervous and excited to wait for the next transmission of information on November 7th. I find this technology AWESOME! Lucky for all of us to be living in times of crazy technology. There are several types of Atrial Arrhythmia and several treatment plans.

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I am currently discussing my plan of attack and treatment plan with my medical team- including a possible pacemaker- The pacemaker, another wonderful little life saving device. Boy, has the pacemaker come a long way. Whatever the outcome, I know technology will have saved my life! Some give technology a bad rap. I say, you take the good with the bad with technology. I LOVE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY.

Fall Has Arrived In Desert-Book Update Time

Fall has arrived here in the desert. Book update time. It’s about time too!  Everyday soon in the mid 80’s … perfect weather! The “Snowbirds” are slowly returning to town with luggage and pets in hand, after leaving for the Summer.

How lucky am I? I am sitting here at my desk typing away on my computer, deep in thought, writing another chapter of my book. I am very fortunate to have one of the most gorgeous views  in the entire Coachella Valley right in my backyard, the Santa Rosa Mountains. So, what’s my problem? Why do I need Supergirl and Superman giving me  kudos? Is this a little mind trick I am playing to pump up my fragile ego, or just a little “push” to get me out of my writing funk? To be honest, there are days it may take a visit from Superman himself with a BIG cup of JAVA to pull me out of my slump!  Writing is a painful, exhausting, freeing,exhilarating and healing experience. I LOVE IT!

Other days I find it incredibly hard to continue to write my book. When I need inspiration, I visit my blog site and read a kind “attaboy” sent from family, friends or complete strangers.

A supportive “attaboy” on my blog, are better than GOLD to me. The simple kind words of others push me to complete each chapter. Especially on those days and late nights when I am emotionally drained. Reading my blog gives me strength to write another chapter in my book. Words are very powerful; a little encouragement from others is all one needs to continue on with a challenge. Even encouragement from Supergirl or Superman can’t hurt! Today was a good day. I am currently finishing another chapter, preparing to move on … .

The sun is setting here in my window. Fall has arrived in the desert, my book update time has come to a close.  Aaah,  perfect start to a very good evening.

Gluten FreeThanksgiving,Eat, Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving EAT, ENJOY: By Kellie Kennedy-One Baby Boomers View On Life.

Thanksgiving being just around the corner. I am already salivating and dreaming of pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, fresh-baked bread, cranberries and stuffing. Oh my weakness-stuffing!

Just a few items on the old Thanksgiving “no-no list,” for those of us with Celiac Disease (CD). But fear not my gluten-free friends, you too can eat your little gluten (not glutton) faces off on Thanksgiving. TRUST ME, you can eat VERY WELL! There are many gluten-free websites for great holiday recipes. Here is one link to check out for gluten-free recipes for the up coming gobble day.

I always recommend taste testing gluten-free recipes, before the BIG DAY. Especially if you are planning on serving the dish to guests. If you are lucky enough to find another gluten intolerant taste tester/baker for the new recipes-even better. My mother and I often serve entire gluten-free appetizers and meals to our guests. Our guests don’t even realize they are eating gluten-free, until after we spring it on them. They are pleasantly surprised to find out the food is so tasty. We make sure the recipes are perfect before serving, using my dad as the guinea pig of course. My dad has been through many horrific missteps with the recipes. Dad always willing to help and gives his truthful opinion. Dad is NOT gluten intolerant.  Yet, he is the lucky man living with a woman who is; so my dad eats gluten-free often. My advice to my blog readers who are cooking gluten-free recipes. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. NO SUBSTITUTIONS!

Hey, to all my celiac buddies out there this Holidays Season, remember Gluten-Free Thanksgiving EAT,ENJOY! Just be an internet wizard this year. Google that pumpkin pie you dream about at night. Just make it a gluten-free recipe.

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