Just Love (Is the Answer)

I’ve helped countless clients achieve lasting transformations with their animals (and even in themselves) by bridging gaps in communication and teaching them to understand a few essential points. And I make every effort to practice what I preach. A major tenet of that is the idea that our animals mirror us. My question to clients who approach…

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Years ago, when I held a part-time job as a specialty department clerk in a Wegman’s Supermarket, I grew to despise the month of December. While the northeast’s celebrated grocery chain lives up to every bit of its reputation as a top company to work for, the steady surge in customer traffic, phone calls, and custom tray…

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A Love Letter from My Hospital Bed

After a frightening ER visit with violently shaking chills, chest pain, and difficulty breathing earlier this month, my long-running record of avoiding hospitalization was finally wrecked. I was not only admitted, but also kept for a 5-night stay. As if that weren’t scary enough on its own, it all happened exactly one week before I…

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It’s Lyme Disease…2 Years Later (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a series of posts about my journey with Lyme Disease in the 2 years since my diagnosis. Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.   Part 3: Growing From a Personal Tragedy I like to be a “silver linings” kind of person. I try to look for something positive when things don’t go the…

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It’s Lyme Disease…2 Years Later (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a series of posts about my journey with Lyme Disease in the 2 years since my diagnosis. Click here for Part 1.   Part 2: Fighting for Proper Treatment Having become so involved with Lyme advocacy and education, I was well aware that my diagnosis and long-term treatment plan followed the guidelines put…

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It’s Lyme Disease…2 Years Later (Part 1)

It was in June of 2014 that a lab report provided enough evidence to confirm my new practitioner’s suspicion. After more than 20 years of combating mysterious symptoms no doctor could validate, I was relieved to finally have the answer I’d been seeking… It wasn’t all in my head. It was Lyme Disease. What I didn’t realize was…

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Review of Kong Incline Cat Scratcher

Disclosure:  Jill of Ark is a participant in the Chewy.com Influencer program. We received one of these free from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest opinions of the product. However, we do NOT receive commissions should you choose to purchase this product based on our review. KONG is a familiar name in many dog-inhabited households. Known for their signature chew…

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Field Notes on Surrender

As much as I try to embrace that whole inner peace business, there is one thing that rocks my world with waves that could register on a Richter scale. Not being in control. Arghhhh. While I have come to realize that I can’t always be in control, it sure doesn’t stop me from trying to set myself up…

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25 Ways to Invite In Calmness

You’ve probably been told you’re under too much of it. You may even daydream (at least a little) about how much better and happier your personal world would be if only you could find that magical remedy to eradicate it. Who could blame you? There is no shortage of messages that call upon you to purge it…

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Review of NaturVet Outta My Box

Disclosure:  Jill of Ark is a participant in the Chewy.com Influencer program. We received one free package of this product from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest opinions of the product.  Litter-box theft is an unfortunate fact of life in most dog-and-cat-cohabitated households. Ours is no exception. As much as we know the dogs love to snack on…

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