A Bite of the Apple: Out of the Box Thinking

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Steve Jobs gave us a new meaning to our lives. In a word…

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Reflecting on his life, leadership, role modeling, and innovation, Steve has left not only a legacy but a call to action.

Each of us has the apple seed within us. It is up to us to find it, nurture it, seek light and share it’s growth and fruits.

Sounds so simple.

We are reminded when people pass away, of how much time we waste and how, we ourselves, might be the next person who’s light is distinguished in this world. Our wake up call is to use these moments to find within ourselves what it is that we are to share with the world… our legacy.

What is it that you are creating?

Most people do not listen to the voice within. We hear of not dying “with the music still left in us”. When we hear the music, do we dance? De we listen?


Consider the parts of an apple:

  • Stem –  how we are nourished and how we are attached to our lifeline
  • Skin –  what keeps us healthy and distinguishes ourselves from others
  • Pulp –  our constitution,  our structure
  • Core –  our uniqueness, values, beliefs, gifts, talents, and who we are
  • Seed –  what we are capable of being and developing


Each in itself does not make an apple. Each of the parts make the whole. Thus, our whole being is used to create.


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
~ Steve Jobs




Don’t settle, keep looking“, Steve Jobs tells us when looking for our passion. Let’s use this to create our unfolding, to move forward until you have found what it is you were looking for.


“When it is right, you will know it”.


Start sowing your apple seeds, and create your passion. Soon you will see the pay off. When you follow your inner voice and make the Leap of Faith necessary, you will see the meaning of your life come alive.


Thank you Steve.


Donna Marie Laino, RN

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Heat Tips: How to Be Safe During the Hot Weather

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Heat during the summer months can cause major issues and even tragic untimely death due to lack of understanding of how high the temperature really is during the day. Heat indexes usually reflex heat temperatures and humidity which directly affects the ozone exposure to our bodies. Ozone is good to protect the earth from the harmful rays of the sun but closer to us and breathing it is harmful to our bodies.

The general rule is: If you don’t have to go outside, don’t

Use these tips to get you through the summer months of high heat and humidity safely:

  • Remember the buddy system and contact relatives, the elderly, neighbors or shut in community/church members during hot days.
  • Limit infant’s exposure to extreme heat temperatures outside to less than 15 minutes.
  • Use fans or air conditioners in good working conditions as needed. Clean filters frequently according to use. Make sure your central air units are serviced yearly or as needed.
  • Provide water for pets traveling in the heat and offer temporary shade if needed.
  • Use the air conditioner in your vehicle. If you do not have one make sure the windows are open while riding in the car.
  • If you do not have fans or an air conditioner in your home or apartment, ALWAYS open the windows.
  • Pull over to overpasses or go to shaded areas frequently if are having problems or are out in the sun and/or traveling for a long time.
  • Prepare for power outages. Have candles, water and canned food supply ready to go for 3 days. The refrigerator will keep things cold for two hours without opening the door.
  • Cool down with a wet wash cloth over your face, neck, arms and legs several times a day. Use a spritzer bottle as often as necessary to keep the body cooler and skin moist.
  • Pull shades down and close blinds to prevent overheated rooms. Relocate to cooler areas of the house for activities and sleep downstairs if necessary.
  • Take trips to public places that are air conditioned like the library, malls, movie theaters, community centers or eateries.
  • Wear unrestrictive clothing and light colors. Cover as much skin as possible.
  • Carry extra water in jugs or thermos.
  • Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol limits the body from sweating normally.
  • Limit your intake of caffienated beverages. Caffeine acts as a diuretic and pulls water out directly from the cells causing dehydration.
  • Stay indoors if possible if the ozone levels are high. Breathing ozone can damage living cells especially cells lining the respiratory tract. It can cause swelling and inflammation aggrevating respiratory conditions.
  • Do not leave any infants, toddlers, fragile children or adults or animals in the car for even a short period of time in extreme hot temperatures. Thinking you are just running into the store for 5 minutes can prove to be deadly.
  • Stay inside if you have any respiratory condition, anemia or heart condition.

High heat temperatures put excess stress on the body. Being dehydrated coupled with the stress from the heat is an unsafe combination. Most people are not aware of what is happening until it is too late. Remember, the heat index is always higher than ambient air temperatures due to the humidity. If the temperature is high and the humidity is high, chances are you are going to have a harder time dealing with the heat due to less sweating. Sweating is the body’s way of getting rid of excess heat. Be care and be safe in hot weather.

Donna Marie Laino, RN

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Heat Wave: Stay Cool, Stay Healthy During Extreme Hot Weather Temperatures

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Hot temperatures and humid conditions during the summer months can become unbearable but for most it can become a threat to their health. By the time summer comes, we want to enjoy being outside, have fun in the sun and enjoy outdoor activities. Many people take vacations during the off months from school with their families but at the same time, endure blazing heat, hot sun hours and dehydration.

It is rare that people take the proper precautions and catch themselves before they get overheated and needing more water to compete with the body’s quick rate of water evaporation. Lax eating and sleeping habits contribute to becoming out of balance along with the increase consumption of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. Longer day light hours also contribute to sun exposure and exhaustion as we quickly lose track of time, often missing routine meal times, change our food preparation habits and bedtime routines.

Follow these summertime guidelines for a healthier you:

1. Plan outdoor activities during cooler hours. Hotter sun hours usually occur between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM.Exercise in the early morning or later  at night.
2. Use sunscreen over 15 SPU to block out harmful ultraviolet rays. Make sure you apply it 20 minutes BEFORE going out into the sun.
3. Wear clothing suitable for summer weather. Hats, appropriate footwear, and cover-ups around water especially.
4. Protect your eyes with UV sunglasses.
5. Avoid sunburn at all costs. If your skin starts to become itchy, you are already burnt. Get out of the sun immediately and attend to the sunburn.
6. Drink water before going out into the sun and hydrate every hour. If your mouth is thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
7. Drink refreshing water with fresh lemon, lime or freshly squeezed orange with fresh mint. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeinated drinks.
8. Stick to meal times and eat healthy snacks and main courses. Eat lighter meals such as salads, fresh vegetables and fruit.
9. Bring water bottles with you when you travel or go shopping.
10. Remember to take routine medication and supplements to maintain balance in the body.

Hot weather will be a challenge for those who do not prepare well or ignore body signals. When your body says enough, listen to it and get the proper attention required. Seek medical help if needed early on if problems arise.

Have fun in the sun and remember to drink water!

Donna Marie Laino, RN

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Valentine’s Day Poem by Pablo Neruda

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Lovely One           By Pablo Neruda

Lovely one,

just as on the cool stone
of the spring, the water
opens a wide flash of foam,
so is the smile of your face,
lovely one.

Lovely one,
with delicate hands and slender feet
like a silver pony,
walking, flower of the world,
thus I see you,
lovely one.

Lovely one,
with a nest of copper entangled
on your head, a nest
the color of dark honey
where my heart burns and rests,
lovely one.

Lovely one,
your eyes are too big for your face,
your eyes are too big for the earth.

There are countries, there are rivers,
in your eyes,
my country is your eyes, Continue reading

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Snow Shoveling Tips For Better Health

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Snow removal is fun and it can be difficult depending on the state of your health at the time. Take a look at these tips regarding snow removal for your own safety:




Health concerns


  1. If you are asthmatic, make sure you are well controlled with your medications before shoveling. Cover your mouth/nose with your scarf to warm the cold air. That will help cut down on triggering an asthma attack.
  2. If you are developing any pain from shoveling, STOP!
  3. Take frequent breaks.
  4. Shovel with neighbors just in case you have any health problem while you are outside, they can help you.
  5. If you have a heart condition, back issues or other chronic/acute condition that shoveling may aggravate, you might consider having someone else shovel or pay someone to do the job. It is not worth the risk of jeopardizing your help or risking injury.
  6. Call 911 if Continue reading
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Snow Blower Safety – How to Shovel Snow Safely With A Snow Blower

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Heavy snow fall requires massive action and aggressive snow plowing and snow removal. Many homeowners and snow plowers are using snow blowers for ease with snow removal.  However, caution to the operator will make the job fun, fast and safe.Here are some safety tips to consider:

Snow blower safety

  1. Do not let your hat or scarf block your vision.
  2. Do not wear any loose clothing while operating the machine.
  3. Make sure all people, children, pets, debris, etc are cleared from the area before using the machine.
  4. Keep all safety devices on the blower.
  5. Keep you hands out of the blower when the is plugged in or the motor is running.
  6. Never leave it unattended.
  7. The engine can get very hot. Keep away!
  8. Children under 16 yrs of age Continue reading
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Snow Shoveling: How to Protect Yourself While Shoveling Snow

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Proper Snow Shoveling

Shoveling snow can be a lot of fun! I remember loving it as a kid. But as an adult, it can be hard on the body, especially heavy snowfalls, record snow storms, blizzards and back to back storms. Your body may not be in the shape it used to be to shovel or you may be ill or already have an injury that you do not want to get worse.

Here are some shoveling tips that will help make the process easier:

Before Shoveling


  1. Hydrate yourself with water. Make sure you drink a glass or two especially if you will have a lot of snow to shovel. As you sweat, you will lose water.
  2. Eat a nutritious meal before you go outside. Include protein, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Do not make it a full meal however right before. Leave 1-2 hours in between eating and shoveling. The body will want to focus on digesting not shoveling right after!
  3. NO caffeine, alcohol or Continue reading
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Rules to Live By

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Always be honest. (Proverbs 12:22)

Count your blessings. (Psalms 34-1-3)

Bear each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)

Forgive and forget. (Micah 7:18)

Be kind and tender hearted. (Ephesians 4:32)

Comfort one another. (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

Keep your promises. (Romans 4:21)

Be supportive of one another. (Acts 20:35)

Be true to each other. (Revelations 15:13)

Look after each other. (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Treat each other like you treat your friends. (Matthew 7:12)

Love one another deeply from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22)

Written by: Carole Taylor

Walk with peace in your heart,

Donna Marie Laino, RN

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New Year’s End of the Year Clearance – How To Maximize Your Life To Get Ready For The New Year

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Most people at this time of year have been very busy with the holidays: so much shopping, family and friend visiting, eating great food, decorating and relaxing. Perhaps you are planning your goals for the new year and even setting some resolutions. If you live in Philadelphia, perhaps you are getting ready for the Mummer’s Parade!

Sometimes we fall short of our preparation into the new year by not paying attention to the little things around us that will help balance out the energy of what is to come. Have you heard the saying, “out with the old, in with the new”? This is what we will focus on to help align yourself with “the new”.

Clearing the clutter in and around your space will be needed for this process to occur. Time passes very quickly and in order to “be ready” you need to get things in order. Start with these simple suggestions:

End of the Year Clearance

  1. clean your bathroom.
  2. clean out your refrigerator
  3. pull all your clothes away
  4. do all laundry
  5. put out fresh towels
  6. take your vitamins
  7. make your bed
  8. pay all outstanding bills
  9. take clothes to the dry cleaners
  10. clear counters in the kitchen
  11. wash, dry and put away dirty dishes/pots
  12. sweep and mop
  13. clean your bureau
  14. put boxes away/store items in closets/attic/basement
  15. clear your Continue reading
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The Nurses’ Night Before Christmas…

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 T’was the night before Christmas, & all thru the floor,

Lasix was given, filling foleys galore.

Stockings were worn to prevent emboli,

they came in two sizes, knee and thigh high.

The patients were nestled snug in their beds,

while visions of stool softeners danced in their heads.

We in our scrubs, and they in their gowns,

Fashions created to hide extra pounds.


When down in the ER it became such a zoo

they called with admissions for me and for you.

They’re coming, they’re going, all looking the same.

My patience for patients is starting to wane.

And now delegation seems to be the best plan,

But who can I find to empty bed pans?



When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But Santa himself and 8 tiny reindeer.

He came bearing gifts from Central Supply

Saline bags, tubing, LR, and D5!

The doctors then scribbled what no one could read,

Orders on patients, to measure their pee.


The new shift arriving, our day is now through,

How did stool & emesis get in my shoe?

We give them report and pass on the facts,

and tell them of Duoderm lining the cracks.

And the nurses exclaim as they limp out of sight,

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all good night.!!!”


(Author Unknown)


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