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Recognizing Drug Problems: Register – March 26 Seminar

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


Book News:

1. Book Signing ~ March 23 ~ Friends & Family Christian Bookstore ~   Walton Hills, Ohio

2. Book Give-away ~ April 1 – April 7 ~ See: Win a FREE book tab.


SPECIAL PROGRAM ~Operation Street Smart 

Could Your Child Be Facing a Drug Problem?

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center will sponsor two workshops on Tuesday, March 26, one for professionals and one for parents. The workshops will share how to recognize if your student or child has a drug problem.

The program is designed to educate parents, teachers, social workers, doctors, counselors, probation officers, police, judges, community partners, and anyone with a nexus to children about current drug trends, terminology, and paraphernalia.

To Register:

Call: Bridget Murphy at 440-746-8127


Make it a great week!

God Bless You!


March 19, 2013 at 9:39 am Leave a comment

Winter Can Really Make You Feel Lousy ~ The Winter Blues

~In keeping with the many great things in my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, here is news on a very important health issue.

Since the weather is changing and the snowflakes will soon fly, I thought this would be a very good time to share this message with you all –again. I wish each one of you a good winter season, the ability to be really productivity when there’s lot of sunshine or when there’s none. Besides all that, I wish you a wonderful Christmas, good health, and a lot of joy!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



Feeling a Little Sad or Even Depressed?

Depression can happen to any of us at any given time. It can be due to changes in your life, a new baby, loss of loved ones or a job, and a host of many other things including chemical changes in the brain. If you are feeling sad, having difficulty functioning; there is no shame in getting help from a professional if you need it. Please discuss any difficulties with your physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, it’s time to get one!


The Winter Blues

Got the winter blues? In Cleveland, about 20 percent of us are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Since we have so many cloudy days here, the lack of sunlight hinders the brain’s ability to make a chemical called serotonin. Low levels of serotonin can cause you to feel sluggish and depressed. Good remedies to improve your well-being include taking a walk in the early morning hours when there is sun and increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids by eating oily fish like salmon, herring, or sardines. Also make sure your diet includes at least 800 units of Vitamin D daily and foods rich in Vitamin C. For good brain functioning, get seven to nine hours of sleep a night, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

If you are still experiencing problems after monitoring your diet and exercise, see your doctor to discuss your symptoms and concerns. Your doctor may recommend you spend ten to fifteen minutes in front of of a therapeutic light box with 10,000 LUX (no UV rays).

Visit or for more information on purchasing therapeutic light boxes.


Helpful Websites

Below are some very useful tools from Mental Health America’s website which can help you feel your best. Also check out their link for depression screening:

10 Tools ~ to Feel Your Best

These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out each page for specific, easy-to-follow tips.

  1. Connect with othersStay connectedTool 1
  2. Stay positiveStay PositiveTool 2
  3. Get physically activeGet Physically ActiveTool 3
  4. Help othersHelp OthersTool 4
  5. Get enough sleepGet enough sleepTool 5
  6. Create joy and satisfactionCreate Joy and SatisfactionTool 6
  7. Eat wellEat WellTool 7
  8. Take care of your spiritTake care of your spiritTool 8
  9. Deal better with hard timesDeal with hard timesTool 9
  10. Get professional help if you need itGet HelpTool 10

December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

Home Safety Checklist + Free Memory Screening Feb. 22

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

With the increase of home fires due to Christmas trees, gas lines, fireplaces, and burning candles, here are some important things to consider for your home ~ this winter.

1. Are electrical cords in good condition?

2. Are unused electrical outlets covered or locked?

3. Are electical outlets checked regularly for overloading?

4. Do you know how to turn off gas and electricity in case of emergency?

5. Are proper sized fuses used for replacement rather than pennies or substitutes?

6. Do you have smoke detectors in your home, and have you checked the batteries lately?

7. Do have emergency phone numbers –police, fire, doctor, utilities –handy near the phone?

8. Do you have a sturdy stepladder available for climbing?

9. Is lead-free paint used on all objects?

10. Are firearms (guns) unloaded and locked up?


Free Memory Screening ~ No Appointment Needed

It’s normal to forget a name from time to time. It’s not normal to keep forgetting days of the week, or when to pay your bills or take medication. Come to a free screening by the Community nurses to see if you should consider seeing a doctor. 

Free Screening  Wednesday, February 22~ 8 – 10 am ~  Middleburg Hts. Community Center ~ 16000 Bagley  Road, Middleburg Hts. ~ No appointment necessary.

 Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


February 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

Did you know? Thanking Our Soldiers Overseas

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

My book Fresh Hope … Cleveland deals with a variety of subjects from tips to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your dollars to ways to effectively deal with every emotions that accompanies any challenge you face.  In a nutshell, my book brings you all sorts of ideas to make your life better, fuller, and richer in quality. That’s why today’s post deals with how you can reach out and thank someone else. It will make our soldiers feel great and you as well.

America’s Freedom and You

As the tenth anniversary of 9-11 was just observed, think of our troops who protect and defend us around the world. Here’s a way you can say thank you to them.  


Someone shared a website with me where you can select a postcard that Xerox will print and send to our soldiers overseas. I thought I’d share the particulars with you here.

Postcards to Our Troops

The wonderful artwork on these postcards has been done by children around the United States. It’s very easy to send a card ~ there are three easy steps. And don’t worry about thinking of something clever to say. You can select a pre-written message, or compose one yourself. It takes less than two (2) minutes to do this except if you’re like me and had trouble deciding on just the right postcard. They are all so creative and colorful!

Unfortunately many of our soldiers are coming home in body bags or with serious injuries and all so that we can enjoy our freedom. I urge you to please take a minute to be an encouragement to one of our soldiers today. You’ll be glad you did.

Here’s the Website ~ Send Your Postcard Today

Website:  Go online and send a postcard today.

Thank you so much.

God Bless You!


September 13, 2011 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

Did you Know? Check out these gems!

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

A Few Observations: Have you noticed the pumpkin pies and all kinds of apples now at the grocery store? I can’t quite get used to the fact that it gets dark now at 8:30 p.m. I love those yellow school buses and the dear children on them. However, I still have to remember to leave a little earlier to allow for the extra traffic. And if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, I want you to know there’s still 117 days to find just the right things for your loved ones.

Below are some helpful little tidbits ~ just for you!

1. Home Heating Application (HEAP): Still a good time to fill out your Home Heating Application (HEAP). This program gives a discount on home heating if you qualify. Check your local library for an application. If you library doesn’t have the applications yet, for more information on income guidelines and how the process works contact the Ohio Department of Development at the following phone number 1-800-282-0880 or online at

2. September is National Preparedness Month. After Hurricane Irene last weekend it sure wouldn’t hurt to get a first aid kit together and review with your kids what you’ll do in an emergency situation.

3. Pursing your dreams is something you do in good economic times — right? We need to resist the temptation to think that God and His unlimited resources are affected by the mortgage industry, the unemployment rate, and the stock market. God is still sovereign, all-powerful, and completely capable of supplying you with all you need to do what He has called you to do. (per “Big God, Big Dreams ~ Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck accessed November 20, 2008 at

Have a great Labor Day Weekend ~ Stay Safe.

I’ll be back here next Tuesday, September 6.

God Bless You!


August 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment


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