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  • Blog Post: Scarborough Rocks and Learns

    I love summer. I also love disco music. That is why I was excited to bring my daughter to the Scarborough Music in the Park event in mid-July. Motor Booty Affair (a disco cover band) was playing and the night was beautiful. The best part—it was work. The Scarborough Fire Department teamed...
  • Blog Post: Treasure These Days...

    My daughter loves digging in the sand for buried treasure. When she was a toddler, we snuck some skee ball tickets in to the sand when she was not looking. We did the same again this past weekend, only this time we really made her dig for them. The smile on her face when she unearthed the tickets was...
  • Blog Post: Nicotine-laced aerosol in your workplace? Yup.

    By now, you have all heard about these new tobacco products called e-cigarettes. These products take addictive nicotine-laced liquid, add candy and fruit flavors, and insert them into a devise that aerosolizes the liquid. People inhale the aerosol instead of smoking. Kids are using these products in...
  • Blog Post: Rounding Third and Headed for Home...

    The American Heart Association’s fiscal year ends at about the same time as the end of the legislative session. That makes June a very busy month. I have been at the state house every day (and some nights) during the past month working to try to override Governor’s vetoes and trying to stop...
  • Blog Post: Sarah Porter

    When I had a stroke four years ago, I was a healthy, happy student at the University of Maine. One minute I'm sitting in class, and the next my face started seizing up. And then I couldn't understand what people were saying. Concerned family members took me to the ER, where I was accused of faking...
  • Blog Post: Maine Celebrates #NationalCPRWeek with a Huge Victory

    Maine celebrates National CPR Week with huge vote! Well, the Governor did it again. He vetoed another lifesaving bill. The Governor vetoed LD556, a bill that requires that all high school students spend 20 minutes out of 4 years of school learning Hands-Only CPR. That is the bad news. The fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Flashes of Memories

    I called my paternal grandfather Pop Pop. He would have been 106 today. He passed away when I was a young girl, but I have wonderful memories of him. I remember him in flashes. Catching sand crabs at Dennis Shores on the Cape, working on some photography project in the basement of his house in NJ, teaching...
  • Blog Post: Still Climbing...

    I think of the Maine budget process as a rock climb: 1) Sprinting is not the best option 2) It makes sense to think about each step to make sure you aren’t left hanging without a foot hold 3) Always make sure you have a partner and a safety harness 4) 6-year olds may be better at this...
  • Blog Post: Kate Kearns, Maine

    The last time I spoke to my Dad, he had decided he wanted my baby, due that winter, to call him "Granddaddy." You see, my sister and I never stopped calling him "Daddy" even into our adulthood, and he wanted to keep it that way. He never got to meet my daughter. I remember him...
  • Blog Post: Honor the Legacy. Protect the Future.

    When people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive, families have more money in their wallets every month, and businesses can add jobs because their health costs are lower. Why, then does Governor LePage recommend gutting Maine’s only state source of tobacco and...
  • Blog Post: Fighting for the Health of Women to Honor Go Red Day!

    Sadie is not a nice cat, but she was willing to humor me so that I could have a picture accompany my blog today. As a working mom, I am juggling a few balls in the air. Although my daughter was able to get to school on time this morning, I was not able to take her picture in her red dress. She was in...
  • Blog Post: Put Down Your Shovel and Help Save the Fund for a Healthy Maine

    The Legislature is in full swing. Almost. All of these storms have not only changed my exercise routine (I now just shovel for 1-4 hours a day instead of going to the Bath Y) but also the Legislature’s schedule. Public hearings, presentations and work sessions have had to be delayed, rescheduled...
  • Blog Post: Cool Refreshing Idea to Encourage Water Drinking

    Now, this is just cool. The Maine Legislature just installed a water refill station at the State House. I carry a water bottle with me but it is really hard to refill it at the water fountains (I can only fill it about 1/2 way) and impossible in the sinks. I had heard about these from the lobbyist...
  • Blog Post: Let's Bowl a Strike This Year

    Another year has been put to bed and the 127 th Maine Legislature and Governor LePage have been sworn in. I am hoping that 2015 brings all of you, your family and friends good health and happiness. I don’t really like New Year’s resolutions because mine usually last about 2 weeks. However...
  • Blog Post: NEHA AGGARWAL

    One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and professionally. Although the stroke dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Snowflakes and parachutes

    I really dislike the end of Day Light Saving Time. Who needs it to be dark at 4:00 in the afternoon? Who needs their kid waking up an hour earlier than usual? Not me. To add to the pain, it snowed the day we set the clocks back. Yup. Snow. We got 4 inches. I drove to Rockport the next morning (9 inches...
  • Blog Post: Boo! Strokes don't have to be scary

    I hope everyone had a happy Halloween on Friday. This little witch thoroughly enjoyed the Brunswick parade and trick-or-treating with her big cousin and friends. She claimed to be a "Princess-Queen-Witch" because she did not want to scare anyone. Sweet kid. I don’t want to scare anyone...
  • Blog Post: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good

    Ok: It is obvious that I am in my mid-40’s. I actually giggled when I saw this gentleman show up at the Central Maine Heart Walk. Yes, I was one of the first one to get my picture taken. Yes, I FaceTimed my husband so he could see us. Yes, I emailed the picture to all my fellow dorks. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Down the Rabbit Hole...

    The fall at the American Heart Association appears to be more than just a time to finalize goals and plans. It is also a time for whimsy and learning. I have been bouncing around the state going to Heart Walks, conferences and Go Red for Women events. It has been so much fun! The most fun was the Alice...
  • Blog Post: $57.81

    Last evening, I took a trip to CVS. I don’t generally shop there—it is out of my way and I can get the same things at the grocery store. However, I thought it was important to support a business that understands how tobacco can ruin people’s health and their lives. CVS stopped selling...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Advocacy

    Advocacy Committee member, Richard Veilleux and Cecelia Smith (my soon-to-be-kindergartener) stopped by Senator Susan Collins’ Portland office to talk about school food. We met with two of the Senator’s staff members and gave them the good news. The new healthy food standards are working...
  • Blog Post: Staff Meeting = Fun and Fundraising

    Just look at this picture. What an amazing place for a staff meeting! One of the Maine fundraising staff has access to family camps on Kezar Lake in Center Lovell. She and her cousins from all over the country (first, second, once removed etc.) spend their summers reuniting, swimming, boating and relaxing...
  • Blog Post: Randi Clatchey, Maine

    On Friday afternoon January 7, 2000, Joshua Peck passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in the gym of his school. He was 17 years old, a fantastic basketball player and a senior who had already been accepted to two colleges. Josh performed in a skit at the school’s pep rally, changed his clothes...
  • Blog Post: Higgins Beach is Why...

    I love the new American Heart Association tag line. “Life is Why.” is a great motto. During a recent all-staff meeting we were asked to determine our own personal “why.” For some, it was easy. For others, including myself, it was hard. There are so many reasons why I do this job...
  • Blog Post: Right Back Atcha!

    You should have received a mailing from us last week. The mailing contained what candidates call "door hangers." You know what they are….those annoying pieces of paper that you find on your door or lawn or flowerbed when you come home from work during campaign season. Well, my sentiment...