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Monday, 04 June 2018 08:59

Motivational Monday 6-4-18

Better than before

When you expect the best, you have a way of finding it, of creating it. Today, countless possibilities are being born, and plenty of them are just right for you.

Soon, you’ll discover truths you’ve never considered. You’ll journey to places you never knew were there.

As such, it would be foolish to ever give up hope or to relinquish your dreams. More is possible for you now than ever before, and the possibilities continue to grow.

What now seems impossible will eventually become commonplace. The very area where you face the most stubborn obstacles can end up being the source of your greatest triumphs.

Embrace this day and each of its moments as they arrive. Connect with the opportunities to grow, experience, enjoy, appreciate, and to live fully.

Right now is better than before, filled with bright new possibilities. Imagine life at its best, and make it so.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://greatday.com/#msIfM1ieu8IgLkB6.99 


Dad's Pinwheel Cookies


- 1 one-pound bag of dates

- 1 cup sugar

- 1 cup water 

- 1 cup nuts

- 2 cups brown sugar

- 4 eggs 

- 1 cup shortening

- 5 cups flour

- 1/2 teaspoon salt

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1 teaspoon baking powder



Filling: Cook dates, sugar and water until it is a mush, then cool.

After the filling cools, mix in the nuts.

Dough: Mix eggs and shortening, then add salt, baking soda, baking powder,

and flour until the mixture is a solid consistency. Roll a portion of the dough 

into a rectangular shape. Spread some filling on the dough and sprinkle with 

brown sugar. Roll dough and filling into a log shape. Cut into slices 1/2 to 3/4 of 

an inch wide. Place slices on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Shortuct: Instead of making the cookie dough, use rolls of refrigerated sugar cookie dough, 

roll into a rectangle and cut into circles with a biscuit cutter or a glass dipped in flour. Place 

a spoonful of filling in the center of the circle and bring the edges up, pinch closed, place 

on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until goldne brown.


Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd.

Euclid, Oh 44117


Sugar-free Spice Cookies


- 1 1/4 cups water

- 1/3 cup margarine/butter

- 2 cups raisins

- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

- 2 teaspoons cinnamon

- 2 eggs

- 1/4 teaspoon salt

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 10 teaspoons powdered artificial sweetener (Sweet'N Low, SPLENDA, Truvia or any other powdered 

sweeteneer that can be used for baking will work.)

- 2 cups flour



Boil water, margarine/butter, raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon for three minutes and cool. Mix dry ingredients

and add to the cooled raisin mixture, then add the eggs and blend well. Drop onto greased cookie sheet and

bake 15-20 minute in a 325-degree oven


Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

21281 Chardon Rd. 

Euclid, Oh 44117

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:32

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 06/02/18

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Greg is joined by Dr. Howard Wetsman, an addiction psychiatrist that explains the biological process of dealing with any form of addiction. Dr. Wetsman is the author of Questions and Answers on Addiction. Genetics play a large role in whether or not someone will struggle with addiction in their lifetime but unfortunately genetics are so often ignored.
Dr. Howard Wetsman envisions a day when people no longer struggle with addiction. He has been actively treating addiction in facilities ranging from inpatient units, charity hospitals and HIV clinics. 
Join Greg and Dr. Wetsman as they discuss why it is important to start understanding the brain illness called addiction. In this episode, Greg also undergoes genetic testing provided by the Addiction Lab of American Addiction Centers and discusses the results with Dr. Wetsman.
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:31

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/26/18

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Greg is joined by Eric Hicks, the Plant Manager at Jones Plastic & Engineering located in Benton County, Tennessee. Hicks was new to the plant when he was immediately faced with high turnover and absenteeism rates. Unfortunately, this was not unusual for this rural area with its limited population and heavy drug use. 
The opioid crisis is taking a toll on American businesses and has affected many manufacturers in our country. Hicks tells the story of how he was faced with unfamiliar challenges and how he did not take the more obvious route of terminating those who failed a drug test. In Benton County, terminating each individual was just not an option. 
At the time, the plant he ran employed about 225 people with 75% of those people being there for less than a year. On a daily basis, absenteeism was at 15% and the overall turnover rate was at 75%. As a direct result, the plant was not meeting their expected quality and performance levels. “I could not hire my way out of this issue”, says Hicks.
Listen as Hicks discusses what he did to turn a bad situation into a manageable one, which resulted in helping many employees that needed proper treatment.
Monday, 21 May 2018 08:35

Motivational Monday 5-21-18

This day to live

This day will change you, and you will change this day. Today day can improve you, and you can improve today.

Progress is not ever inevitable, yet always possible, within reach. Today offers you the chance to make it happen.

Don’t curse those things that hinder you. Learn from them, understand, create a way around them, devise new ways to make your progress anyway.

Don’t take for granted the factors that assist you. Nurture, support, appreciate, encourage, and make good use of them while you can.

People, circumstances, and random events will do what they will. Step forward with confidence, knowing you can take it all in stride, adding value to each moment along the way.

You have every reason to be positive because you have this day to live. Start right now, giving new joy, meaning, and fulfillment to all of life.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://greatday.com/#CLdDYwtPLMJ30sl0.99 

Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:23

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05-19-18

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In 2016, more than 63,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States, more than triple from 2000. Among the many cities that are affected by this crisis, Philadelphia has been drastically affected. Greg is joined by Dr. Tom Farley, the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Health. Dr. Farley says that the opioid epidemic has surpassed the AIDS epidemic that was sweeping Philly in the 1990’s and surpasses the amount of deaths from the entire Vietnam War. 
Since Dr. Farley is the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Health Department, he considers himself the “doctor” of the city and is on a mission to help illuminate how Philly can take an active role in combating this epidemic through harm reduction programs. He says that they surveyed the general population of the city and found out that one-third received opioid prescriptions, and 1 in 7 were currently taking opioids. Many of those are predicted to graduate to heroin. 
They started a plan in the Fall of 2016 to find new ways to help the city control the epidemic and prevent people from dying. The Mayor appointed about 20 task force members which were joined by 150 people that have been affected by the opioid crisis to come up with recommendations. After much hard work, there were 18 recommendations that were concluded from the committee to help their city and communities. The final report and 18 recommendations will be published along with this episode.
Some of the recommendations include prevention, education, low-barrier housing, medical intervention, and overdose prevention (to name a few). Listen and learn more about the plans for the city of Philadelphia, along with other controversies they think will lead to positive change during this national crisis.​
Monday, 14 May 2018 08:43

Motivational Monday 5-14-18

The difficult work

It feels good to do good. It feels good to push yourself, to challenge yourself, and to meet those challenges.

Give yourself that good feeling. Find out, again and again, how much you can grow, improve, achieve, advance.

The more demanding the work, the more satisfying the reward you get from it. Demand the best from yourself, and deliver it.

The easy stuff won’t get you very far, won’t stimulate, inspire, or fulfill you. Be willing for the endeavor to be difficult, and you’ll be able to make it great.

Whatever is difficult to obtain, create, develop, is valuable to have. Envision the difficulty of the effort as a shield, protecting and maintaining the value of the fruit of that effort.

Do the difficult work, get through that protective layer. And reach the great value inside.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://greatday.com/#4SBHb67Hc8DX0xfd.99 

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:38

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/12/18

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Greg is joined by Amy Dresner, a former professional stand-up comic who appeared at the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and the Improv. She is most recently known as the author of “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean” where she describes her struggles with addiction, and the extreme circumstances that led her to sobriety. 
Amy’s book is brutally honest about addiction and how it affected her life. Amy tells Greg about the arrest that led her down an even darker path. She explains how her mandatory community service was life-changing, humbling, and when she started to realize the depth of her situation. Her epiphany came during those hours which has led to living a sober life. 
Listen as Greg talks to Amy about her journey and how it was like living with addiction and what she has done to overcome those challenges. Those who have read her book and other publishing’s have said it has helped them feel less ashamed, less alone and they appreciate her brutally honesty when it comes to addiction.
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:55

Cover 2 Podcast: Week of 05/05/18

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Greg is joined by Matt Ruth, the Chief Commercial Officer at Adapt Pharma, a privately-held company committed to expanding affordable access to NARCAN Nasal Spray. NARCAN is the brand name for Naloxone, which is a formulation used by first responders to reverse an overdose. 
During this episode they discuss the stigma attached to the use of this product, and Greg touches on the subject of the marketplace exploiting this opportunity to increase prices. Matt says that Adapt Pharma’s price has remained the same since the beginning and that they are working to make sure this solution is offered at an affordable price.
The goal for Adapt Pharma is to create more awareness about this product so that friends and families affected by the opioid crisis know about the reversal agent. In addition, they propose that all law enforcement should carry Naloxone because of the risk of the job and being exposed to Fentanyl.  
When someone is brought back from an overdose there is a window of opportunity to get them the treatment that they need to overcome their addiction. Matt says, “Naloxone is not a solution for treatment, but hopefully a bridge to treatment.” The ultimate goal is to save a life and hope that they have the proper treatment for another chance.
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