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This is a poignant weekend in America. Above is a collage of the victims of the attacks on 9-11-01. The earth has revolved around the sun ten times since the Twin Towers were destroyed, the E-ring of the Pentagon was hit, and passengers of Flight 93 took fate into their own hands and downed their jet in a field in Pennsylvania.

Today my brother-in-law, Chuck, turns 70.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHUCKIE! I hope you enjoy your day of golf and your evening of steak dinner and mud pie!

Also, an email from my friend Kathy, alerted me that Neil Diamond, also 70, has chosen wife #3. You can check out her photo here: And, Neil will be receiving a Kennedy Center Honor in December. Check out information on that event here:

My first week in SLC was uneventful. I left Denver with a cranky neck that didn’t unlock during my family and friends weekend in California. Thanks GJ and Chuckie for the ice packs. My first request of the SLC hotel clerk was a referral to a good chiropractor. Luckily she had one, and Tuesday morning I found myself getting some much needed relief. He took Xrays and agreed with my doctor in Crystal City about my “turtle neck”, a neck locked straight instead of curved due to many reasons including too many hours hunched forward at a computer – a symptom he calls “a slow car wreck.”  I share this because he also shared a simple exercise that I believe anyone can and should do in our day of computers.

Every night before going to sleep, lie on your back on your bed with your head hanging off the edge for 3 minutes.

This simple exercise will help undo all the forward thrusting of the neck at the computer all day. Additionally, it will help prevent that hunched over posture that many older people have.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you. Also, a friend sent me this video. Check it out:

Hopefully my next post will share some of the local sites of SLC.  However, until then, I wish you good neck health and a great weekend as we remember our past and look toward the future. Many thanks to the two Nancys for coming out for lunch last weekend, and many thanks again to GJ and CK for the hospitality.




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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