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Welcome, At the request of several interested sisters, we have added a place to pose discussion questions and comments. Please feel free to use this page for interactions with others across the WMW.

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Written by Eloise Rosenblatt, R.S.M. on Dec. 11, 2014
I am discovering this wonderful web-site, thanks to Kris Sullivan and Jean Sassatelli's introduction at a Burlingame meeting. I suggest connects to PBS programs on the effect of diet on brain health, total wellness and reversing various ailments. Wellness for mid-life women (mid-life generously understood) and beyond involves getting rid of sugar additives present in so many food products, getting fresh vegetables and fruits into one's diet, adding micro-nutrient foods--greens, onions,mushrooms, berries, beans, and seeds; this in addition to exercise. One doesn't need a gym membership, but just moving--walking (so well promoted by this site)--is a way to honor one's body. And other PBS programs talk about balancing stressors with the "relaxation response" to promote health, as well as keeping other aspects of our lives in balance...our relationships, our sense of meaning and purpose, our work life, our use of time. Actually, the values of religious life offer us many resources for health maintenance, physical and spiritual. This web-site is surely a way to "perk up" the resources we enjoy as Sisters of Mercy
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Written by Mary Anita Iddings RSM on Nov. 26, 2014
I was just strolling down the pages of this great web and thought tomorrow, Thanksgiving, is a great day to give thanks for Jean Sassatelli and Kris Sullivan for setting up and maintaining this wonderful web. Thank you Jean and Kris.
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Written by Jean on Mar. 2, 2014
If you have read Sr. Anita's article, "A Special Call", see link on left. Anita has shared a beautiful message.
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Written by Kris Sullivan on Feb. 12, 2014
Looking for book reviews....Read any books related to aging and transition that you think others might enjoy? Please let me know, I would love to add them to our current reviews
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Written by Kris Sullivan on Feb. 6, 2014
Thank you Sr. Mary Anita!
Here is the information for the MAST JOURNAL:
.. THE MAIL FOR THE MAST JOURNAL IS: JULIA UPTON, RSM, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY, 8000 UTOPIA PARKWAY, JAMAICA, N.Y. 11439 EMAIL: UPTONJ@STJOHNS.EDU
I HOPE MANY SISTERS WILL SUBSCRIBE TO IT. IT IS $20.00 PER YEAR. THEY HAVE GREAT ARTICLES. SR. MARILYN KING RSM ASK ME TO WRITE ON MY RETIREMENT.
Sr. Marilyn King, RSM had asked Sr. Mary Anita to write about her retirement and the article can be found in this issue amongst many others.

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Written by Mary Anita Iddings on Feb. 4, 2014
Don't miss the latest MAST JOURNAL that has just arrived. The entire issue is articles on Aging. What think you?
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Written by Mary Anita Iddings on Dec. 11, 2013
Thanks Kris. A great video. I wish more folks could see it.
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Written by Kris Sullivan on Dec. 11, 2013
I encourage you to check out the Wish of a Lifetime video on the "helpful sites" link on the left. The video was added because I felt it was an inspiring organization.
I guarantee it will make you think differently, and you will SMILE!
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Written by Kris Sullivan on Dec. 2, 2013
Change versus transition taken from "the emotional side of retirement" by John Archer(an interview with Hani Kafoury, MA, Psychology) August 23, 2012
"There is an important distinction to be made between "change" and "transition", Change is what happens around us--it's the day, for instance, we actually leave our workplace...for good; it's an event that we witness and has a start and an end. Usually change begins with a gain (freedom, control, etc.). Transition on the other hand, is an internal event; it's what is referred to as a "psychological reorientation", and it usually entails a loss (relationships, power, control, predictability, routine, etc.) and throws one into a three-phase transition process of "ending" (letting go of what was), a neutral zone( an in-between period where the old way is gone but where the new one has not yet been defined), and finally a "new beginning" (new attitudes, feelings). So retirement, or any other major life change, puts one into that transition process--which would explain why two people may experience the same change (ex. retirement) quite differently and at different pace (transition).
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Written by Kris Sullivan on Dec. 2, 2013
At what age do you believe pre-retirement/planning should begin?
...And what do you think this planning should include?
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Written by Mary Anita Iddings on Nov. 21, 2013
Good comment Michaeline. It is not the number of bodies who live under a roof that makes community. It is the number of hearts that makes a vibrant community! It takes effort to make a community vibrant, not just presence.

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Written by Michaeline Lewandowski on Nov. 21, 2013
In a group discussion of "a vibrant community life" one Sister mentioned she cannot understand how a Sister living alone is living a religious life! Others feel "living under the same roof" is not necessary to be in community.
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12.08 | 07:17

Mary, If you sent your email via this message page, please send directly to me as I cannot see your email from this site... this is a privacy issue.

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11.08 | 11:46

I already sent my email address!!

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11.08 | 11:42

Send your email address to jsassatelli@mercywmw.org and I will send a PDF oF the information.
Jean

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11.08 | 11:22

I am interested in the Aging Conference in Buffalo. Unfortunately, I am unable to read the bio of the speakers because the font is too small. Can you help?

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