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As I wound my way through the lush, rolling fields of southern Indiana, I could feel my excitement rising. It had been a year since I had seen a good friend of mine whom I’d met during my days at Purdue. After we greeted one another, he eagerly beckoned me toward the garage. There on […]

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Love Is A Marathon

Summer is officially here and the wedding season is in full swing, so it seems fitting to share a few thoughts about marriage! In 1911, the average length of marriage was 28 years. But now, in order to get a picture on the Today Show’s “Smucker’s photo jar,” and a nod from Willard Scott, couples […]

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Sibling Rivalry Gone Wrong

“My brother used to ‘torture’ me all the time. He’d slap me, call me stupid, take my stuff without asking and rarely return anything. I would hide in my room just to avoid him. Every time I’d tell my parents they’d say, ‘You two need to learn how to work things out by yourselves’ or, […]

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Great Expectations: Navigating the Infertility Journey

For the past 28 years, I have been privileged to walk beside individuals struggling to fulfill their dream of becoming parents. This journey is one filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, and seasons of overwhelming ambiguity. Growing up, we are taught that pregnancy is something to avoid, leading us to believe that when we […]

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I’ve Had It!

As temperatures remain in the single digits due to the ever-present Polar Vortex, “I’ve had it!” is my recurrent war cry! While there is not a thing I can do to control Mother Nature, I could seek out a bear and get the recipe for hibernation or move to a warmer climate (although this year, […]

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Rethinking the Effects of Marijuana Use

According to the December, 2013 Newsletter on Drug Facts, NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), “The percentage of high-schoolers who see great risk from being regular marijuana users has dropped dramatically in the past 10 years, according to NIDA’s 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey, which measures drug use and attitudes among the nation’s eighth-, […]

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Starting Over With Staying Power

It’s officially the New Year, and New Year’s resolutions abound. Personally, I have never been a “resolution” fan, mostly because of an underlying assumption that at some point, whether within days or months, my commitment to the resolution will fail—and I strongly dislike failure. Unfortunately, while being this black and white about something may seem […]

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Recipe for Holiday Happiness

When dealing with life’s stressors and losses, the holidays can be a recipe for disaster. It’s important to think ahead, identify incompatible ingredients, substitute healthy ingredients, and prepare the final recipe as directed. Incompatible ingredients Societal Expectations vs. Reality: Our culture demands that the holidays are a time to “Be happy!” and set a table fit […]

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Surviving Holiday Eating: Changing How We Eat Versus What We Eat

It’s officially that time of year again—the holidays! I am looking forward to family, friends, and festivities this holiday season. And where there are festivities, there is food! My name is Renee Tilt, RD, CSP. I  graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. I’ve been a registered dietitian for 11 […]

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Do You Want to be Perfect or Excellent? You Can’t be Both!

Fall is officially here and many students are experiencing their first set of cumulative grades or mid-term exams. Even though my school days are over, I still can tap into the emotions I experienced year after year. Whether in Kindergarten or the last year of my doctoral program, the degree of stress I experienced when […]

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