I have so many happy memories of Halloween! My siblings (8!) and I would get SO excited and probably drive my parents nuts in the preceding weeks. My littlest sister, Flo, had an Olive Oyl (you know, Popeye’s girlfriend) costume she seemed to wear 365 days a year. We never had to wonder what she was going to be. For the most part buying a costume (perhaps with the exception of Olive Oyl) was not on our radar; seems we always assembled something from what we had on hand.
I remember we used to dash home from school and head straight for our personal Halloween candy bag – a true treasure. We spent countless hours sorting, trading, and eventually eating it. Then we’d scoop the remainders back into our stash bag and do the same the next day and the next. Until one horrible year when someone got sick. I don’t remember who (I know it wasn’t me) but rumor was it came from eating too much candy. Mom quickly confiscated our personal hoards and dumped them into a community bag, which she kept under lock and key. No more trading Snickers for Baby Ruths, or Good and Plenty for Bazooka Joe bubble gum: we didn’t own our candy anymore. It was a tragedy.
Fast forward to Halloween 2021 and we’re still having fun! It’s kind of an ageless holiday: no one is too old or too young to sport a costume. There’s just something funny about seeing the creativity and silliness the holiday inspires. Half the fun is pulling the elements of the costume together. I personally prefer the funny stuff over the creepy and spooky. We typically dress up in our offices, which makes for a day of laughs and pictures as we carry on our typical workday looking very atypical. See for yourself!
I am a physiotherapist, graduate of Saint Louis University Class of 1984. I married my best friend and business partner, Bill, who is also a physiotherapist, in 1988. We have worked together all these years - an example of God's grace! Together we started Appalachian Physical Therapy which continues to thrive. I am a big believer in the power of touch, the manual therapies, and treating holistically. There are many alternatives to medications, surgeries, and testing, but people are often uninformed. My perspective emphasizes the role of the connective tissues including the fascia. Lack of attention to this structure is the source of many physical ailments - our bodies are truly fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139)! I am passionate about helping people of all ages and diagnoses maximize their health, and empowering them to understand their role in management and prevention of problems.
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