Category Archives: Education

Taking Care of our Parents – Sandwich Generation

logoI’ve been back and forth from my home to where my parents live for weeks and months and years, depending on their health and wellness.  I’ve always considered it an honor and my good fortune to have both of my parents alive.  They’ve been married nearly 60 years and as a divorced mother of four of my own children, that has also been inspirational to me.

What I haven’t been prepared for, nor is it really possible to understand that when one’s health begins to decline, what is the correct manner in which to handle that situation?

My poor father fell while putting on his clothing and suffered a spiral femur fracture in June 2013.  He has been bedridden since that time, in and out of hospitals, having a variety of surgical procedures and finally last fall the palliative care physicians discharged him to medical hospice in their home.

Watching my mother keep vigil, attend to every need of his, juggling the health care appointments at their home, transport vehicles for procedures not able to be performed at their home, PT, OT, wound doctors, nurses, care providers – it is daunting!

My father was given 2 weeks to 2 months to live, he’s now closing out his 7th month after that prognosis.  The human spirit and the desire to live, no matter what the indignity is inspirational!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 – Dental Distress Syndrome – DDS

Dental Distress Syndrome (DDS) can be responsible for a wide range of unexplained physical and mental symptoms.  Please join Maria as she chats with Dr. Larry Lytle, who has created a low level laser treatment which can be applied to the jaw, neck, shoulders and back to immediately relax muscles as needed and perhaps resolve some underlying physical maladies.

Click here for Dr. Lytle’s website.

Friday, April 4th, 2014 – Colony Collapse Disorder

The decline of the global bee population is estimated to be at about 50% in the last 50 years.  However, since 2006, the bee population is declining by 50% ANNUALLY and in some instances by 90%!


Please join Maria as she discusses what is referred to as the ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ with Assistant Professor, Bryan Rasmussen of the faculty at California Lutheran University.


A day in the life of a bee is utterly fascinating.  Their conversation includes the life cycle of a bee, the Queen bee, the mating flight and other details.


There are also two events related to the topic if you live in Southern CA.


For more information Click here.

Helping Others Achieve Their Goals

Norbert TanReinventing, retraining, attaining a dream is achievable for all of us.  Please join Maria on a special 2-part podcast about folks doing exactly that!  The Phoenix Scholarships are awarded by the Ventura College Foundation and it is helping to change people’s lives.  Executive Director, Norbert Tan and Scott, one of this year’s recipients share how VCF and their scholarships are assisting folks to reach their dreams. 

Click here for the VCF website.