Archive for February, 2013

The Best of the Best on This Blog – Part I

~ More great things you’ll want to know to help you move forward all in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Blogging isn’t a precise science or art. It takes lots of time and creativity to come up with fresh ideas. There are about 240 posts now on my blog. I’ve sorted through all of them to help you find the ones that are the most helpful. These 9 below I would say are the best of the best in content. There are lots more that are fun, silly — some of my titles often made my assistant hungry! More to come on Friday for a total of 18 posts. If you only have time to read a few blog posts — Read These!


1. About Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

  • Recognize the value of Fresh Hope … Cleveland ~ July 20, 2012

2. Resources + Save You Money

  • Did You Know? ~  Home Heating Program (HEAP) ~ July 22, 2011

3. Encouragement

  • Inspiration for 2013 ~ December 28, 2012
  • What Does HOPE Mean? ~ March 9, 2012
  • Getting through Tough Times ~ October 28, 2011 – November 15, 2011
  • Need Some Encouragement? January 25, 2011

4.  Exhortation ~ Awareness

  • Integrity ~ March 22, 2011
  • Wisdom for the Holidays ~ November 30, 2010


More Best of the Best on This Blog — next time!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


February 26, 2013 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

The Wonder Drug ~ Vitamin D

~Welcome! More resources and information in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Book Signing News!

What: Book signing ~ Saturday, March 23, 2013

Where: Friends and Family Christian Bookstore

Address: 7625 Walton Road -Walton Hills, Ohio.

Time:  2 – 4 p.m.

Co-owners Anita Foster and Grace Mason along with yours truly invite you to this  charming bookstore experience! See the Book Signing + Events tab on this blog!



Is Vitamin D the new wonder drug in medicine?

New research over the past few years about the importance of Vitamin D and it’s effects has made the medical profession rally more aggressively to screen patients for adequate levels of Vitamin D.

Right before Christmas my doctor put me on 100,000 units of Vitamin D for eight weeks. She wanted to get my Vitamin D level up to the therapuetic level (31 – 80). Now my blood level is at 70.8 and I feel wonderful! I noticed the difference after about three weeks of taking supplements. To maintain this theraputic level I just have to keep my blood level stable by taking 14,000 units of Vitamin D each week and then getting my blood level checked periodically. Opps! That reminds me I need to take my Vitamin D right now!

But in researching this sort of wonder drug if you will, I found lots to share with you about the importance of Vitamin D and how it can help you too. Because adequate Vitamin D levels are absolutely essential for a healthy life.

Just a few of the Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D benefits the life and health of a person in far more ways than is commonly known.

1. The “sunshine” vitamin, as it is sometimes called, is commonly known for its effect on strengthening the bones and joints in the human body by aiding the absorption of calcium in women and men. This can help prevent bone related disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

2. It also helps the body build up immunity. Our bodies can produce Vitamin D naturally if we have sufficient exposure to sunlight — but none of us really get enough sunlight. Therefore, doctors now recommend that you take Vitamin D supplements.

3. For women who are at a postmenopausal stage, are more prone to bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin D reduces the softening of bones by allowing their bodies to absorb more calcium.

4. Women who suffer from constant fatigue can benefit from Vitamin D supplements as it helps to increase energy.

5. In Men: While both sexes are affected by a lack of this essential vitamin, the effects are more pronounced in men. Vitamin D reduces cancers that older men are prone to including prostrate and colon cancer.

Link for article on Men’s All About Men: Facts About Your Frame:

6. Mental Health Benefits: The incidence of depression is high in areas affected by seasonal low light conditions (a condition often referred to as seasonal effective disorder [SAD]). Taking daily supplements of Vitamin D has been found to have a positive effect on a person suffering from SAD and other forms of depression.

Lower levels of Vitamin D are associated with a higher chance of developing conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

For more about Vitamin D and it’s benefits for both men and women, follow the link below.



Here’s to a healthy you!

God Bless You!


February 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Important Information ~ You Need to KNOW!

~ More great information in keeping with Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Here’s Important Information  ~ You Need to KNOW!


Social Security News

(Friendly FYI) March 1 is the date set to convert from paper checks to either direct deposit or debit card for Social Security payments.

According to the New York Times, people can switch by calling (800) 333-1795 or signing up at Refer to the article below for further instructions and information.



At the end of January –Cell Phone Numbers Went Public This Month:

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. REMINDER… all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222 . It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number. HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON. It takes about 20 seconds!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


February 19, 2013 at 11:20 am 2 comments

Celebrating 3 Years of Blogging!

~ More about my new book and resource guide Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome! This post celebrates three (3) years of blogging as of Feburary 13, 2010.


Please know,  I’m thankful for your interest in my book and blog. It’s always a great pleasure to share news, information, and insight with you.

I hope you enjoy the variety of community resources, ideas, and wisdom that I share. My goal is to share posts that follow along the same line or theme as my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland. My goal is to make your life better with this blog ~by  helping or informing you in some way.

Today enjoy reading some interesting facts about my Fresh Hope … Cleveland blog. You may be just as amazed as I am — I can’t believe it’s been three years!

Thank you so much!

If God had a blog :

~ your picture would be on it along with a great message from God — just for you!

God Bless You!



Here are a few Highlights from my Fresh Hope … Cleveland Blog:

This blog started on February 13, 2010. We started off as “Tuesday” people (I posted new things every Tuesday) and now we’ve become “Tuesday” and “Friday” people.

  • 2010: Nanci posted 48 entries.
  • 2011: Nanci posted 82 entries
  • 2012: There were 99 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 225 posts.
  • 2013: Nanci posted 21 entries ~ total of 240 posts since 2010.
  • Total views on this blog is 7,002.
  • The busiest day of the year was May 8th, 2012, with 213 views. The most popular post that day was FREE Cleaning Help ~ Women on Chemotherapy.
  • So far in 2013, the busiest day was Friday, February 1, with 99 views with the most popular post that day was Tax Preparation Done for Free!

Most visited TABS on Fresh Hope … Cleveland Blog site include:

1 About Nanci

2 Book Signings + Events

3 Book 

4 Wisdom for Your Life! 

5 ORDER ~ Bookstore

February 15, 2013 at 12:04 am Leave a comment

Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Valentine’s Day News

~ Welcome! More about Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland. Enjoy this Valentine’s Day update about the opportunities that are unfolding.


Note: I’m thankful for your interest in my book and blog. It’s always a great pleasure to share news, information, and insight with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you. If you don’t have someone special in your life, remember you are God’s Special Valentine every day! He loves you!


♥ Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Candy is So Sweet

But Not As Sweet As You! ♥

Hi Valentines!

On January 31, I had a TV interview on the Trinity Broadcast Network’s affiliate station, WDLI TV. My interview will air around at the end of February on the Praise the Lord segment here in the Akron/Canton/Cleveland area. Here’s a link so you can view the interview. I’m also hoping to  go back for another interview on their community affairs show “Joy in Our Town.”

I’m also trying to work with a local women’s shelter to provide the ladies with a copy of my book when they leave with their families and go out on their own. If this works out I’ll be looking for sponsors — people like you and business owners to purchase single copies or more (each book is $20 ~ includes Ohio sales tax). Please pray God would open up these opportunities.

Thank you for your support and prayers!

Now only 34 days till spring! Whoopee! Believe me, that’s good news if you live in Cleveland!

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

God Bless You!



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February 12, 2013 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

Little Acts of Love All Year Round

~ More good things in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Hi~ Come on in! I wanted to share this post with you again from February 9, 2011.

Valentine’s Day Year Round

~ More on Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you have a valentine to spoil with goodies and gifts this year that’s wonderful. But even if you don’t, did you know you could celebrate Valentine’s Day all year round? Valentine’s Day year round ~ you’re kidding right? This is so simple but it’s oh so true. Mother Theresa said it best: For God does not require that we do great things but rather that we do little things with great love. That means whenever possible you can do little acts of love and kindness all year round for someone else. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to show someone you care.

For Valentine’s Day and every other day you can give chocolate, cards, flowers, and gifts. But these to me are the very best gifts ~ hugs, phone calls (not text or Facebook messages), dinner someone made you, a hand knitted scarf, a clean house, clean sheets on my bed, fresh baked muffins, hot cocoa served in a lovely China tea cup, a handwritten note, or handmade cards complete with photos! These are things you can do to LOVE-ON others all the year through!

In keeping with those valentine thoughts, this is one of my very favorite things to remember:

Always leave people better off than when you found them ~ Mother Theresa.

It’s not yet Valentine’s Day. We’ll talk a little more next week when I’ll share more.

Make it a great day!!

God Bless You!


February 8, 2013 at 11:23 am Leave a comment


~ More wisdom to help you in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


A new year kind of wipes the slate clean. But then again, sometimes not. Here are just a few of the helpful quotes you’ll find in my book. I hope they give you some great perspective for your life and lifts you to new heights today.


~ Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”- Mary Anne Radmacher (from

~ Our problem is really not our problems: It’s how we respond to them. – Joyce Meyer from her TV show Enjoying Everyday Life

Here’s my own perspective for the day, two weeks ago on January 21, I officially celebrated the fact that I am a 9-year breast cancer suvivor! Wow! Can’t believe it’s been that long! Thank you to God and to those who helped me.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


February 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

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