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WOW Pick for July 2024

Video: Genetics and Dementia: What's the connection?

We at WOW found this a very interesting and insightful video. having had this debilitating condition in our own families we like to be informed and hope you do too.

In this webinar recording, Drs. Tricia Woo and Anthony Levinson demystify the role that genetics and other non-modifiable risk factors play in a person's risk of developing dementia. 

Discover the difference between sporadic and familial Alzheimer's disease and learn about the role of susceptibility genes in increasing your risk. Learn about genetic testing and who should get a test. 

Explore how to reduce your risk, delay the onset, or slow the progression of dementia by addressing various modifiable risk factors to reduce damage to the brain and to increase capacity. 

The Bottom Line (According to this video)

Most dementias do not run in families or have a strongly genetic cause. However there are exceptions to be considered

Routine genetic testing is not recommended.

Most dementias are due to a complex combination of our age, genes, environment, and other lifestyle and medical factors.

There are several genes – like APOE e4 – that may increase the chance of developing dementia.

Even with a genetic risk factor, you can benefit from a range of strategies to help reduce your risk and promote brain health.

More Info & E-Learnings on Optimal Aging from Mc Master University Hospital are available for you for FREE



A Kid’s Book About Periods & Other Books About Our Changing Bodies  

"A Kid’s Book About Periods" by Jessica Biel, the newest book on something many of us knew nothing about until the day it took us by surprise aims to destigmatize menstruation and foster open conversations between children and adults. Its approach is both compassionate and educational, seeking to empower young readers with knowledge and understanding about a natural biological process that has been shrouded in unnecessary secrecy for too long. The book's clear and engaging text, combined with eye-catching visual design, makes it an accessible and relatable resource for its intended audience. Biel's personal anecdotes and the inclusion of her own family's experiences add a layer of authenticity and relatability that is often missing from discussions about periods. 

Her partnership with Period.org, a global nonprofit focused on eradicating period poverty and stigma, further underscores the book's commitment to social change. It's a positive affirmation that periods are normal, and the different experiences people have with them are normal too. 

WOW Pick for June 2024

Navigating the journey of adolescence can be a thrilling adventure, especially with the right resources at hand. For young girls approaching or experiencing menstruation, there's a wealth of literature designed to educate, empower, and ease the transition into this new phase of life.  Here is an review of many already available to young women

By reading these insightful works, individuals of all ages and backgrounds can gain a more holistic view of menstruation, leading to greater empathy and empowerment in society as a whole. Indeed, the journey through these pages is one of discovery, solidarity, and the breaking of long-held taboos, paving the way for a future where menstrual health is not just a private matter but a shared conversation for the betterment of all.  


WOW Pick for May 2024

Video: It's SAFE to release Excess Weight

There are so many times in our lives we gain extra weight and this video addresses a VERY IMPORTANT one:  the security we have gained from having the extra poundage. 

Many women, especially those who have had unwanted attention to their bodies when young, tend to expand with emotional weight subconsciously hoping they will either appear bigger / stronger than their perpetrators or be less attractive to them overall. Then the weight may come off when they are in what they consider a safe environment… until the next emotional upset. 

I have gained weight first from the comments and advances of my stepfather only to lose weight when I felt protected by my high school sweetheart. Gaining again after he went off to university and I felt vulnerable again. This became a pattern whenever a seemingly life changing circumstance appeared. 

Whenever I had to cross a new life bridge or take a leap of faith into the unknown, I would feel vulnerable or insecure about… I gained weight again. Going back out into the world after Covid-19 being another scary time. Then I gradually rebalance to what felt good to me once I felt safe again. The support of good friends played a major part of being balanced or off balance again. Especially the ones who loved to “Walk & Talk” as much as I did.

Now, at a time when I am feeling vulnerable again from the uncertainty the future holds at this time, with a partner who is suffering from on coming blindness, deafness and dementia from the medication he is on, because of the other 2, I have regained emotional weight. I was delighted to find this video and have been grateful for the emotional release it has already given me. 

If you are like me and prefer to release any emotional weight plaguing you, do the process in this video until you feel safer again. It’s worth a try! There are no side effects with this one!



Snapshots: A Collection of Poems From An Everyday Life by Cathie Panteluk


Tiny Beginnings

(We at WOW loved this poem because it represents what we are all waiting patiently for... Springtime!!!)

Surrounded by this damp and gloomy Sky I remember far away places

Where Sunshine crept quietly into blazing heat

And I awoke to fragrant orange wafting through worn wooded shutters

In this ashen air I wait, anticipating sunnier days

When fresh green buds pop from trees nestling in

warmth and snowdrops replace the white of winter,

For as this flows into spring and the abundance it brings

So too does my heart look towards new life,

WOW Pick for April 2024

Small petaled coltsfoot turn heads each day to gaze upon that flaming star

In the wild rose, barren of blushing bloom, a song sparrow trills

At dusk peepers begin their chorus from ponds and marshes,

Perched on sedges calling for mates,

Winter has stopped holding her breath and exhaled

a glimmer of hope into this cold world.


This is just one of the heartfelt often inspirational and sometimes vulnerable poems found in this book now available only by private messaging it's author on Facebook / Messenger.  The cost is $20. $5 of each book sold will be donated to a children’s school breakfast program. Please PM Cathie Panteluk if you are interested in purchasing one.



WOW Pick for March 2024
Heal Your Money Story by Jennifer Longmore 

We first read the E-book from this author when it came out in 2014 and this year purchased the hard copy to keep it by our side. It is worth an occasional review.

It is for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable about talking about money or be judged for how they handle the money they have. The average person has money beliefs and issues they need to heal and this book can help them do that.

By taking you through Your Money Story and how it is a mirror for your relationships you can gain a better understanding how it is reflected in your life.

Jennifer helps you gain an understanding of your individual money pain, where it comes from and how it shows up in your daily life. We all can benefit from this awareness.

She gives you tools for moving away from your Scarcity Mindset and guides you into An Abundance Mindset to then Create YOUR Personal Money Vision.

This is a quick, easy read that you can revisit any time you feel your old beliefs and habits slipping back. Loved this Book!

Now you can even go deeper with Jennifer's new Heal Your Money Story Self Study Program.



Dare to See: Discovering God in the Everyday by Katie Brown

We just finished reading Dare to See by Katie Brown and have to say it was one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. 

The author shares her personal stories of overcoming fear, doubt, and insecurity, and how she learned to see the beauty and purpose in every situation. 

She also challenges the reader to do the same, to dare to see beyond the surface and discover the hidden gifts in life. 

We loved how honest and vulnerable she was, and how she used humor and grace to convey her message. This book made us laugh, cry, and reflect on our own journey. 

It also gave us practical tips and exercises to apply in our daily life. 

We highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow in faith, courage, and joy. 

It will change your perspective and your life for the better.

WOW Pick for February 2024


WOW Pick for January 2024
Nobody Needs To Know by Pigeon Pagonis

Pidgeon Pagonis always felt like their life was a constant attempt to fit in with other girls--a feeling that was only exacerbated when puberty failed to hit. They never understood why . .. until they uncovered the secret that had haunted their childhood. 

Bouncing between their Chicago home and the city's children's hospital, Pidgeon weathered a series of traumatic surgeries, fabrications, and misdirections. It wasn't until college that Pidgeon pieced together the puzzle of their identity: they'd been born intersex but raised as a girl, their life shaped by lies that left them physically and mentally scarred. But for Pidgeon, what began as a shameful and traumatic discovery transforms into a painful yet joyous journey of self-love, truth, and healing. 

Pidgeon's inspiring memoir is for everyone whose body and spirit defy expectations, a fierce challenge to a system hell-bent on enforcing binary definitions. Ultimately, it's a celebration of the freedom and empowerment that come from learning the truth about who you are and living it.


Pidgeon's inspiring memoir is for everyone whose body and spirit defy expectations, a fierce challenge to a system hell-bent on enforcing binary definitions. Ultimately, it's a celebration of the freedom and empowerment that come from learning the truth about who you are and living it.

We never truly know what is like to walk in another's footprints until we open our eyes, ears and heart to them.


WOW Pick for December 2023

Below the Belt is a powerful and eye-opening documentary that explores the lived experiences of women with endometriosis, a chronic and often debilitating condition that affects one in ten women worldwide. 

The film features interviews with patients, doctors, researchers, and advocates who share their stories, insights, and challenges in dealing with this invisible disease. 

Below the Belt Documentary by Shannon

The film also exposes the lack of awareness, funding, and research for endometriosis, as well as the stigma and discrimination that women face in accessing adequate care and support. 

Below the Belt is a must-watch for anyone who wants to learn more about this complex and misunderstood condition, and to join the fight for better diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life for millions of women.

Executive producers on the film include former secretary of state Hillary Clinton as well as actress and activists Rosario Dawson, Corinne Foxx and Mae Whitman. 

“This film is basically everything I wish I had known as a 16-year-old, so that I could start taking control of my body and my health and making good decisions,” said Director Shannon Cohn, who eventually received treatment for her endometriosis, but continues to suffer the long-term effects of living over a decade with the disease undiagnosed.  



Walk Through Fire Book


WOW Pick for November 2023

Walking Through Fire is a memoir by Sheila Johnson, the co-founder of BET and the first African American woman to own a stake in three professional sports teams. The book chronicles her journey from a modest upbringing in Illinois to a successful career in media, entertainment, hospitality, and philanthropy. 

Johnson shares her personal and professional challenges, such as her abusive marriage to Robert Johnson, her struggles with depression and addiction, and her efforts to empower women and girls around the world. She also reveals her insights on leadership, creativity, and social justice.

Walking Through Fire is an inspiring and candid account of a remarkable woman who overcame many obstacles to achieve her dreams. Johnson's story is full of wisdom, courage, and resilience.

She shows how one can transform pain into purpose and use one's gifts to make a positive difference in the world. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn from a trailblazer who has walked through fire and emerged stronger than ever. 


WOW Pick for October 2023

If I Were a Fish Song

We could all use a little more kindness and respect for our AMAZING Differences and this song in it's beautiful simplicity does just that.

We couldn't decide which video version we liked the most so we put both for you to view. If you react as we did you will no doubt watch both versions more than once.

We used the video of Corook and Olivia performing the song first because it is so filled with their glee and joy it brings them in doing so. We hope you feel the same.

The second video simplifies the message of the song and while it would resonate with a child it remains very powerful for anyone who views it.

Katie Atkinson of Billboard 50 writes: "This deceptively simple little song is the musical equivalent of “kill ’em with kindness,” because even the most hate-fueled online troll couldn’t help but grin at the idea of Nashville singer/songwriter Corook — with an assist from musician girlfriend Olivia Barton — as a first-prize fish, the skippiest rock or the happiest sock. With its strummy backdrop and kazoo interludes, “If I Were a Fish” would fit right in on a kids album, but its sweet core message (“How lucky are we of all the fish in the sea/ You get to be you and I get to be me?”) sounds like a lesson all ages could use."  We at WOW agree.



And Break the Pretty Kings by Lena Jeong

We just finished reading And Break the Pretty Kings by Lena Jeong and we have to say, it was amazing! It is Inspired by Korean history and myths, the first book in the Sacred Bone series is a rich and evocative high-stakes fantasy that is perfect for fans of Gallant and Six Crimson Cranes.

It is a historical romance set in 18th century Korea, where a young noblewoman falls in love with a rebel leader who is fighting against the corrupt monarchy. This book is full of action, intrigue, passion and heartbreak. 

It opens with the monarch's daughter training in preparation for a ceremony where she will be bestowed with powers. Mirae keeps coming back to the prophecy about a girl who will save them all. 

The characters are so well-developed and realistic, we felt like I was living their lives with them. 

WOW Pick for September 2023

The author did a great job of portraying the historical and cultural aspects of the era, as well as the emotional and moral dilemmas of the characters. 

Her writing style is captivating and engaging, with beautiful descriptions and witty dialogue. It kept us hooked from the first page to the last, and we couldn't put it down. 

While it may be a bit fast paced for some readers…We highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance, or just a good story in general. We hope for a movie version soon as it would fit right in with women empowerment. It's one of the best books We've read this year!



Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons In Friendship and Love By Maryam Elassar 
WOW Pick for August 2023

Maryam tells a personal story about how showing kindness leads to an understanding of what Diversity and Inclusion really means. 

She states, "The way I dress shouldn't matter how people view me in the world. Instead, we should be judged by our actions and character." 

Maryam Elassar is a third grader at Amana Aacademy. She likes to play outside, make crafts, and would love to see a world where kids can overcome their differences. 

She connects her talk to the EL Design Principle of Empathy and Caring by sharing a story of how showing kindness lead to an understanding of what Diversity and Inclusion really means. 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. 
This topic being tackled by such a young "woman" does our heart good here at WOW as we have high hopes for the return of the Golden Rule: The principle of treating  others only as you would like to be treated.

We could all use a little more kindness and respect for everyone... even those that are different in some way. We love this video and hope you do too.


WOW Pick for July 2023

Well… this is the Best Book Ever! Folding (and ironing) are quickly becoming lost arts. Unless, like Sophie Laird (and myself) worked in a clothing or department store, you may never have learned to fold anything.

 And if you used to be a good folder in the past… you can always use a refresher. Having been a pretty good folder of fitted sheets in my youth, "Some"timers clicks in.

The Folding Lady by Sophie Laird


This book isn’t just about folding sheets though. Sophie demonstrates how to fold almost anything that is foldable in the home. Love how she tucks a book or two into a piece of clothing for travelling. 

And Ladies… Even Men Learn from THIS Book!

“My wife bought this book after seeing the folding lady on TV, but I was the one who read it cover to cover because it is a good mix of interesting stories and organizational advice. A week later my wife sent me a text saying how impressed she was with my closet, which had been a mess since we first moved into this house. The book has also encouraged us to donate a ton of unused stuff to charity, freeing up our personal space and knowing the items will be used by someone else who needs them.” Michael B Rogers 

Have no time to read? 

Visit her website to follow her social media post with how to videos and do it along with Sophie.



The Magic of NOW a Poem by Dawn James
WOW Pick for June 2023

Since the pandemic it has become very clear to us that the true point of power in our lives is in the NOW.

We experienced so many things, felt so many emotions and some of us are still experiencing PSTD if it hit close to home. 

Yet... many are already living their lives with new joy and celebrating the freedoms we may have taken for granted before the last 3 years. 

Some are even peeking out of the loss and sadness and seeing the benefits of creativity moving forward.

So often we spend too much time in the past holding onto regrets or worrying about the future. 

The Point of Power in Our lives is always in the Present, the Gift of the Moment. Find the magic in the NOW!!!

So, when we came upon this poem by a Celebrated WOW GalDawn James it really resonated with us. we hoped it would resonate with you as well.

She has expanded her creative nature even more and recognizes that there IS Magic in the Moment and Focusing on this she shares this one of many of her Awakened Poems with us here.

Dawn James is a sound healer, author, poet, and spiritual mentor. Full bio at https://dawnjames.ca/unveiledRead her 'awakened poems' at https://dawnjames.ca/neweyes



WOW Pick for May 2023

How an Osteoporosis Diagnosis Can Kickstart Your Health...

In this episode of Margie's Podcast she touches on:
The Disconnect of Only Testing After There’s a Problem

Giving People Better Opportunities

More Natural Approaches to Osteoporosis and Bone Health 2.0

Toxins, Gluten, and Dairy

What to do When You’re Diagnosed with Osteoporosis / Osteopenia
Then when you follow her podcast, summits, programs, etc. you will learn so much not just from her but so many Experts on this topic. 

It has taken years for the true understanding of how much can be done to stop this in it's path by balancing your whole body. 

Also, it is so important for those diagnosed with this disease to keep up with the newest, safest medications and treatments whether it is to  reverse  what can be  reversed or  to keep your  body structure balanced and strong enough to prevent fractures and falls. 
Osteoporosis & Bone Health Podcast 
with Margie Bissinger, MS, PT, CHC


Now that I am 70, I would have benefited far better had this info been available to me at the beginning. Who knew our diet and ability to absorb nutrients were as necessary as exercise. I didn't for the first 20 years after my diagnosis. Balance is still so importance in all ways.



Song: Till It happens to You by Lady Gaga & Diane Warren

WOW Pick for April 2023

So often I have said that while there were definitely times when as a woman, I was forced to accept unwanted advances and both physical and sexual abuse in some way, it has never been a prevalent as it is today. Or are women just not keeping it to themselves now that they know that there is help for them.

With the addition of so many digital ways to track and monitor women without their permission plus the ever-growing amount of date drugs it has become so hard for us to just relax and enjoy ourselves  socially. Unless we can sit still with our hand over our drinks and take them with us to the restroom if our other friends are up dancing we are taking a chance in having out drink drugged. What kind of fun is that? Especially for young women experiencing life on their own.

This song and video was created as part of 2015 documentary film "The Hunting Ground", which deals with campus rape in the United States. A portion of proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault. “Til It Happens To You” available for download now: 



WOW Pick for March 2023

The Magic Bank Account Article

We at WOW LOVED this Profound Article. A Real Eye-opener about the 
TRUE Lottery of Life

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules:


The set of rules:

1.  Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2.  You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3.  You may only spend it.

4.  Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

5.  The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!”. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?


ACTUALLY, This GAME is REAL …Shocked ??? YES!

Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can’t seem to see it. The PRIZE is *TIME*

1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.

2.  And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us.

3.  What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.

4.  Yesterday is forever gone.

5.  Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life! Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. 

Start “spending.”

Source: This was found in the billfold of Coach Paul Bear Bryant of the University of Alabama after he died in 1982


Video:  Molly Wright: How Every Child Can Thrive by Five

This little 7-year-old girl gives a reality check to us about how important connection is to the development of a child’s abilities.

Based on real science and using fun examples, she demonstrates how much being ignored by parents on media devices for just a few minutes can do to that connection and emphasizes the damage that can come from this going on constantly as it often does today.

We are so busy and distracted even after the pandemic tried to slow us down and see all we have around us that is so much more important than material things. Family connection became so much stronger for those who had the luxury of really connecting during it.

WOW Pick for February 2023

Please check this out to see how this brilliant young lady gives such a clear, concise and powerful presentation that is well beyond her age. Truly AMAZING!


WOW Pick for January 2023
Movie: The Game Changers

In all our lives we have impact moments of guidance whether aware or not. Personally, I get excited when a song, a book or a movie touches me deeply, so you could say I am open to life clues. This is the case with the Netflix movie, The Game Changers. It not only confirmed the direction I was leaning into, it also gave me an unexpected education on my personal health as well as our world health. 

This revolutionary new documentary is about meat, protein, and strength. As I did not anticipate this pivotal insight, I had to give it time to sink in. Many emotions surface, including feeling duped as I had fallen into the accepted ways of the masses of society. 


Highly recommended for both sexes to watch, drama without the need for screen explosions. Yet fast-paced action from many of our famous and less-famous personalities kept me not wanting to miss a word.

I watched it many times since that first viewing, suggesting I wanted to share it. Knowledge is Power and truth be known I just love the strong confirmation it has on my life choices. Check out this movie and their website with a wealth of info and even recipes.by Gloria Messenger, The Angel Messenger 

 

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