Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:30:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Labor Day Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:30:10 +0000 Every year at this time all the grocery stores, farmers markets and homegrown gardeners are enjoying the best produce summer has to offer. My garden is yielding more vegetables then I can eat but that doesn’t stop me! I want to enjoy the “End of Season” fruit and vegetables that are still at their peak of flavor.

I want to savor the sweetness of the berries, the true tomato taste of one that has been just picked from the vine and the cool clean crispness …

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The Joy of Having One Year to Live Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:44:17 +0000 There are some things worse than death and they can be overcome simply by thinking about… death.

I currently host two kinds of cancer in my 62-year-old body: prostate cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Of these two unwelcome hitchhikers on this road I’m traveling, the prostate cancer is the more serious.

I deal with the vicissitudes of my mortality every day, and have for most of my adult life; five other members of my immediate family have passed away because of various forms of …

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5 Habits Causing You Stress — And How to Break Them Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:40:21 +0000 Raise your hand if by the end of the day you feel spent.

Between work, home, and life, the reality is most of us end up running for most of the day. Add in the fact that as women we often have a tough time saying “no” – it’s a recipe for chaos.

As Carl Pickett, PhD, a psychologist and author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Positive Discipline told WebMD, “a woman is often at risk of letting other people’s needs determine her

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The Positive Effect of Meaningful Friendships Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:43:08 +0000 My mother’s best “girlfriend” from childhood, Marge, once told me that she met me for the first time when I was 2 days old. I have memories of her throughout my childhood; a calm, strong and loving presence; a true and steadfast friend to my mother. It is essential to our good health to have meaningful and rich friendships in our lives. In fact, according to Mayo Clinic’s website article, Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health.

[Read: Maria Shriver, "Does Good Win

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6 Things My Bad Marriage Taught Me Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:45:36 +0000 I was young and not very worldly when I first got married.  I was 21, just out of college – and I had the world at my feet.  But I wasn’t aware of it.  As a result, I lived through a very difficult marriage to a very difficult man.  But the marriage taught me so much about living with others, taking responsibility for my own actions and about being at peace with myself.  The marriage (and the divorce) taught me:


I didn’t realize how …

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Please Don’t Forget Me–A Caregivers Gift of Time Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:37:11 +0000 It is February of 1998, a few months before my wife Lynne’s fifty-first birthday. Lynne wears a very serious expression as she delivers the news. Lynne believes that she has Alzheimer’s disease. I refuse to accept it, but six months later after much testing, the doctors prove her right.

After receiving the diagnosis Lynne looks me in the eye and asks, “What will we do?” I tell her that I will look after her and that prompts Lynne to ask a second question; “To the …

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5 Reasons I Finally Made Peace with My Muffin Top Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:01:41 +0000

There’s a lot of talk these days about muffins, and I don’t mean the kind we eat for breakfast. From fad diets to abdominal exercises promising complete obliteration to dangerous and painful procedures and surgeries, wherever I turn the muffin keeps rearing its ugly, ahem, top. But lately I have begun to question what all the fuss is about. Are muffin tops and their exile from our lives worth the time and attention we give them? Or are they actually an irresistable treat we mistakenly

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4 Ways I’m Moving Past the Paralysis of Perfectionism Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:50:24 +0000 In a bold move this summer, I asked my gardeners to take a 3-month hiatus. With very few leaves on the ground, I thought it would be good for me to do my own yard work for once.

Three hours into my inaugural raking, blowing and mowing excursion, it occurred to me that gardening, in 90-degree heat, is no joke. Clouds of inhaled dirt and leaf residue gave me a bloody nose and I mildly stabbed my own foot when I dropped metal sheers in …

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Depression: The Word That Must Not Be Named Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:59:23 +0000 Growing up, I was taught that African Americans do not publicly discuss or “put our personal business in the street.” But, I believe that as a community we must break our silence and openly discuss certain unmentionable subjects so that the veil of shame can be lifted and healing can truly begin.

Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community.

[Read: Late-Life Depression: An Overlooked Disease]

I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old. During these …

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10 Surprising Sentiments About Technology…From Teenagers Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:45:40 +0000 The adults that love and care for teens, also tend to lump them together. Often we make assumptions on our path to understanding youth and culture and change. We believe we know what – all kids, most kids, kids today – stand for and what they don’t. We read headlines about heartbreaking tragedies and poor decisions and fear the worst for our precious next generation. It’s natural to generalize trends and behaviors, but such judgment can leave us in a state of parenting inertia. …

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