January 11, 2021

by Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos When children are isolated from their churches, schools, and peers, how do they learn the crucial life-skills of love and friendship necessary for the rest of their personal and working lives? Is love an innate emotion, or must it be taught to our children? And what about friendship? These are essential questions for many of us homeschooling our children during COVID-19. Who will teach our children the skills during isolated and difficult times? These important questions are… Read more

November 1, 2020

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”  – Anatole France   How often have you had dreams of a deceased pet that were so real you woke-up searching the room to see if your beloved pet was back? It happens more often than most people realize. Why is this? Perhaps it is because love never dies, whether it is the love of a grandparent, parent, sibling, child, or fur-baby. Love is something we can… Read more

October 12, 2020

by Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” ― Robert F. Kennedy   Although there was no one visible in the room I felt observed. The thought did not frighten me. It brought me comfort and joy. And, my decision about life and death was made. There would be no suicide. There was no reason to take my life. This was all happening for a good reason. There was no one for… Read more

September 30, 2020

by Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson I never gave much thought to my life-purpose and death, until I considered committing suicide. It seemed that sometimes bad things just accidentally happen to good people; or do they? What if everything that happened to me was according to a… Read more

July 10, 2020

“To make mistakes is human. To suffer from regret is a choice.”~ Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos What is one of the most painful conditions with which we can live? Is it suffering from arthritis that aches our joints or migraine headaches that dull our thoughts? I believe the answer is the heart and soul pain of regret. During COVID-19 and sheltering in place, many of our memories plague us with echoes of regret. They reverberate down the halls of our minds and… Read more

June 27, 2020

by Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos   Many of us may have exciting stories to tell about how we first learned of God. We feel worthy. But, Dr. Anne Worth’s story is about how she ran from a fire-breathing, vindictive God for years. She did not feel worthy, and it would be years, forty in all, before she did feel worthy of God’s love. However, in the end, His Love won and she embraced Him and has never looked back at her difficult… Read more

June 21, 2020

So many of us are still in the grip of COVID-19. Although life as we know it may have changed, God and his love for us has not. Although challenged, we are also strengthened by our faith and belief. No matter how difficult life may get, we will not be alone. In our darkest hour, God will be our light. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my Above and Beyond the 5 Senses, guest blogger, Dr…. Read more

June 17, 2020

By Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos Through prayer, we speak to God. Through dreams, God speaks back to us.~ Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos Suicide has surpassed car accidents as the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States, especially for cancer patients and teens. (1)(2) What if we could make a change and impact lives? On May 9th  alternative medicine expert Dr. Deepak Chopra launched “Never Alone” and the film “The Offering” to address suicide. (3) Deepak Chopra partnered with entrepreneur Poonacha Machaiah,… Read more

May 28, 2020

During a time of health or emotional crisis, having positive people to lean on can be life-saving. The COVID-19 Pandemic has made us focus more on the people with whom we surround ourselves. Positive people are essential, especially when we are in close proximity to them for extended periods. The first step may be to ask yourself, “Is my tribe of family and friends positive?” And why is that important? If the answer to your question is, “No!” read on… Read more

March 28, 2020

Laughter takes away the power of whatever holds us prisoner. ~Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos Laughter has always been a form of medicine that is now backed by research. You may have heard the saying, “Laugh ‘till it Heals.” Laughter is an innate God-given gift that is also a weapon. A good laugh may take the power away to whatever is holding us prisoner. During these stressful times of facing a Buggy-man named COVID-19, it may be time to laugh in the face… Read more

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