For 2018

"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


The Healing Power of Friendships

Social connections can help you stay healthier and happier throughout life.
By Linda Melone

"Maintaining friendships, new and old, is an essential part of emotional wellness, but it's also important for your continued physical health as you age, experts say. When friends fade from your life, live at a greater distance, or die, you are more likely to experience loneliness and depression in later years. And with isolation also comes a greater risk for serious health issues, such as high blood pressure and death from a stroke or heart disease, according to a study done by researchers at the University of Chicago. They also found that links between loneliness and rates of cancer run parallel, as do increases in inflammation and decreases in antibody production." (Inflammation is the new thing to be looking for in health these days).

Remember the song - Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the others gold.

Friends on the blog count too! I am grateful for my blogger friends.

Happy birthday to:
Ruth Handler
Barbie Doll Inventer

Perhaps one of the most famous toys in American history, the Barbie doll is a staple in the toy chests of little girls everywhere. Along with co-founding the renowned toy company Mattel, woman inventor Ruth Handler also designed the doll that would become an American cultural icon.

While watching her daughter play with paper dolls, Ruth Handler noticed that she and her friends used the dolls to act out the future rather than the present. So, she set out to invent a grown-up, three-dimensional doll that girls could use to act out their dreams. This, of course, included the presence of breasts (and what many would later call "unrealistic body proportions"). The female inventor named her new Barbie doll invention after the nickname of her daughter Barbara. Later on, a male counterpart doll would be named after her son: Ken.

After premiering at the Toy Fair in 1959, Barbie became an instant sensation. The success of the doll propelled Mattel to become a publicly owned company that soon made Fortune's list of the 500 largest U.S. industrial companies. Handler served as the company's president for several of its most successful years. Along with being an inventor and businesswoman, Ruth Handler is also a breast cancer survivor – an experience she used to start another company, Nearly Me, which manufactured realistic-looking breast prostheses.

To this day, the Barbie doll invention remains one of Mattel's best-selling products.


Barbie and Ken are friends too (lol).


Terry¨*♥ ♥*¨ said...

hi chatty. I so agree...keep your friends close. My long time friend lost his wife on monday..he called, said he needed flying out on friday. xoxox

^..^Corgidogmama said...

I let my friends go when I was so busy going to school/working/raising kids....then I let them go when I remarried. Two years ago, I made a conscious effort to reconnect with my galpals, and am so thankful, to have them back in my life. We don't see/talk/visit often, but at least once a month, I know, that we'll be together. It's enough...just to have opened the door again. It was truly the biggest gift to myself, that I could have given.

Chatty Crone said...

You know it is true - I never thought about it - but sometimes you let friends go for different reasons - you see it - and then you do try to reconnect. It's a good gift to give yourself and something to be thankful for.

A Lil Enchanted said...

I do love Barbie dolls! I still have a small collection... my favorites are my Witch Barbies that come out every Halloween.

A Lil Enchanted,

Joyce said...

Hello Mrs. Blue shirt:) It was nice meeting you today and making new blog friends. Hope you to meet up with you again. Your blog is unique and fun.

Sue said...

Hi Sandi....fitting post for today..we had a great time..and hope we didn't scare you with our antics....or our stories...lets do it again soon..Sue.

Deb said...

Hi Sherri...It was fun meeting you yesterday. I love your original. Hope to see you in December!