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A Peaceful Moment to Reflect


From where I sit, there is the gentle sound of slowly swaying wind chimes. The birds are chirping across the yard, with an occasional visitor to one of our bird feeders. A small chipmunk just crossed the floor, a mere few inches in front of my resting feet. Water is bubbling up from the two [...]

Honoring Your Super-Hero


“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo We hospice workers have met a lot of mothers in our work and let me tell you; mothers are special people. They are loved deeply by their spouses, children and families. They are valued for the sacrifices they have [...]



Pick any Saturday night in the 70’s and you would find me up past my typical bedtime, anxiously awaiting the end of the eleven o’clock news so we could get to Chiller Theater, hosted by local TV personality, “Chilly Billy” Cardille. Are you with me? Each week, the show would feature two of the old [...]

UPMC Home Health Venango


Are you looking to apply your clinical skills while creating rewarding patient relationships? If so, a career in Home Health could be a great fit for you! We are currently searching for Registered Nurses to join our team in Venango County! $5,000 Sign-On Bonus for RN’s• Flexible Schedule • Competitive Pay Daylight Hours • Excellent Benefits [...]

Living in the Background


As you can imagine, I spend a lot of my time as hospice chaplain, caring for our patients’ spiritual life. But I am also chaplain to our team. One of the ways I support the team is through my weekly Monday Inspiration emails that I try to have in their inbox when they log in, [...]

Making Mindful Memories


I have a small sign in my bathroom that reads, “The days are long, but the years are short.” That sign is there to remind me to pause before I get frustrated with my preteen daughter when she takes entirely too long washing her hair and brushing her teeth. In my defense it seriously takes [...]

Winter Hope


As January dissolves into February, we find ourselves steeped in the depths of winter. The skies are gray. The green foliage is hidden beneath the white snow. The sun is on vacation in Florida. Yet, as we enter the mid-point of winter, hope sprouts and we begin to seek signs of the spring to come. [...]

How to have a Quality Quarantine


It’s been almost a full year now that we’ve all been under quarantine to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We’ve sacrificed a lot during this time including get-togethers with family, sending our children to school, and even tasks such a grocery shopping in an actual storefront. It’s been long and frustrating, but there have been [...]

Making Christmas Memories


“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.” – Carrie Fisher What is Christmas to you and how will you adapt to maintain those values this year? This may be the year of all years, in regards to our creativity [...]

Holiday Grief Guide


The holidays often bring up a range of emotions when you’ve lost an important member of your family. Sentiments of happiness, sadness, and loneliness can swirl in your mind. It’s perfectly okay for you to recognize and express your many emotions during the holidays and beyond. It’s part of your own healing process and a [...]

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