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Cindy with two attendees at the LFA Tri State Summit in Philadelphia, where she delivered the keynote speech October 18th.

I can't believe it is November already. Where in the world did 2014 go? November is one of my favorite months, because Thanksgiving is neatly tucked into the end. I love this time of thankfulness, blessings and food shared with family and friends; not to mention the fabulous smells wafting through my house.

I wish each of you a lovely Thanksgiving. I encourage you to spend time with those you love and, when possible, postpone that holiday frenzy for the day and just be present to the things in life you are thankful for.

featured article |Gobble, Gobble, Gobble 
I remember sitting in my little chair as my elementary school teacher came around with a wooden tongue depressor, smearing a small glob of paste on the brown paper towel for me to share with my neighbor. The smell of that paste still reminds me of elementary school, that and yeast rolls in the lunchroom. For some reason, this morning Busy Brain started thinking about that paste and about all of the very special things I made as a child during the holidays.

I fondly remember the pinecone turkeys that were always the kickoff to the Thanksgiving holiday; each student cutting and pasting construction paper tail feathers together and very carefully cutting out a turkey head with those round-nose scissors, and then sticking them into the pinecone to make our very own take-home turkeys. Now, those turkeys never stood up exactly as planned, but they remained a part of the Thanksgiving decorations and traditions each year nonetheless.

As my thoughts move forward these first days of November, I'm thankful for those memories. I'm thankful for all of the individual memories that have accumulated...(continue reading) >>
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, 
is the true measure of our thanksgiving." (W.T. Purkiser)
books |What Cindy's Reading

"An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place and circumstance. The thread may tangle, but it will never break."
~ Old Chinese Proverb
An Invisible Thread
by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski

This is the perfect book to recommend for November. This incredible story of friendship, resiliency and love puts life and its meaning into perspective. It made me incredibly thankful for the things I have in my life, and reminded me once again of the miracles that happen when a caring adult steps into the life of an at-risk child. I loved this book!

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Wow, this book really got me thinking! In examining how we treat the dying and medicine's focus on safety and longevity, this reinforced my beliefs around living life fully to the very end. The author writes, "We don't just want sustenance and safety, we want meaning and purpose." I believe this to be true whether the end of life is near, or we have become more dependent on others due to life challenging illness. This is an issue many people with chronic illness  struggle with: how to find a fulfilling and meaningful life, despite the limitations of the disease. I'm thinking I'm going to read this book again.

Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty

Ok, I'll admit it - this was my "just for fun" book. After reading books that I find thought provoking, or even a bit dark and depressing, I always turn to something light. This filled that niche beautifully for me after thinking about end of life in the book mentioned above. Pure, mindless entertainment with a bit of mystery thrown in to hold my attention! You may have noticed I have very eclectic taste in books.

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Who knew there are so many months dedicated to specific causes?  [cont.]...»



Here in Tampa we are still wearing the uniform of the South-shorts, t-shirts and flip flops. [cont.]...»



At this point you probably know that I LOVE celebrating my birthday and this year was no exception. [cont.]...»



If you know me well (or have gotten to know me through my blog or on Facebook), you probably know I am a real dog person. [cont.]...» 

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." 
(William Arthur Ward) 

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November 8th, 2014 | 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL
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LFA Teleconference: Lupus and Stress

November 13, 2014 7:00 pm
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November 16, 2014 in Boston, MA
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January 31, 2015 in Charleston, SC
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ABOUT CINDY CONEY Nationally recognized keynote speaker and resiliency educator Cindy Coney has assisted thousands in moving beyond "coping" with limitations to recapturing joy, balance and freedom through her speeches and pioneering educational training for patients and healthcare professionals. Diagnosed with lupus in 1980, Cindy has traveled the globe to share her story of thriving after a chronic diagnosis. Read more.

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