Category Archives: Blog

Gifts from my Grandmother

My grandmother, Louise Hartley Stone, was an artist and musician.  Her watercolor paintings and sculptures grace homes around the globe.  Her grandchildren called her Maynard, a moniker she received after a mispronunciation of grandma by her first grandchild, Joe. When I was just a wee lass, 9 years old, Maynard came to visit from her home in California.  My family lived in the town of Gig Harbor, Washington.  It was, and remains, a quaint little tourist town on the Puget Sound […]

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I Don’t Want to Inspire You

I spent today in Houston with about 100 other entrepreneurs at Promptings Academy, a relationship marketing and personal development seminar.  My daughter is about to head off to college, so I brought her along in hopes that she would pick up a few tips to help her navigate her first semester away from home. This is the 4th Promptings Academy I’ve attended.  Each time, I learn something new, identify a new goal.  This time I had a paradigm shifting epiphany. […]

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How to Deal with Internet Trolls

I did it, I got sucked in to a dialogue with an Internet Troll. I am sure he is a perfectly nice man in person but on the Internet, he was vicious and hateful. He insulted me, called me names, and questioned my sanity. Simply because I chose to refute a statement he made on a friend’s beautifully crafted post that was inaccurate and misleading. So blessed him and told him to have a great day. He retorted with further […]

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Friends Add Color To Your Life

Yesterday was a long and wonderful day filled with great friends, old and new. Friends add color to your life. There is a beloved Girl Scout melody: Make New Friends but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold. The more friends you have, the more colors. Not just silver and gold but purple, blue, yellow, pink, orange, red, the entire color spectrum. You are never too old to make new friends.

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Affordable Care Act Saved My Life

Hi!  My name is Kandas and the Affordable Care Act saved my life! Yesterday I received my regularly scheduled doses of Herceptin and Lupron to keep that naughty Bertha away.  As I was sitting in the infusion chair, IV drip, drip, dripping protein inhibitors into my bloodstream, I was prompted to share the following message to Facebook: Today is National Uncle & Aunt Day. Over 30 humans call me “Auntie Kandas”. Today is also my tri-weekly infusion of Herceptin, the […]

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Fun Summer Holidays in 2017

Did you know that today, August 26, 2017, is National Uncle and Aunt Day?  There are a lot of super fun summer holidays to celebrate just about anything.  My daughter is excited about August 11, 12 and 13 because they celebrate her family.  She’s a daughter, I’m a middle child, and her dad is left-handed. July 26 – Uncle and Aunt Day July 27 – Take your Pants for a Walk Day July 28 – Milk Chocolate Day July 29 […]

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4 Common Myths about High Cholesterol

For over three years now I have been in treatment for metastatic breast cancer.  It is currently in remission, though treatment continues with an Arimidex pill every day, Herceptin infusion every 3 weeks, and Lupron shot every 4 weeks.  I’ve shared in the past that the treatments have elevated my cholesterol levels.  I choose to use lower cholesterol without statins simply because I already take enough drugs, I don’t need to add another. There are a lot of myths that surround […]

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Cousins Day Flashback

Today, June 24th, is Cousins Day.  So I thought I’d revisit a conversation I had with my cousin, Tara.  Tara is the only female to complete more than 7 seasons of Black Marlin fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. Tara and I have only met in person once, when we were both 3. But through the magic of Facebook we’ve gotten to know each other. She’s even shared our Korean grandmother’s recipes for kimchi and a family favorite we call […]

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