Entries by Lisa J. Lucas


An Inexpensive Gift Suggestion

An Inexpensive Gift Suggestion By Joe Zelnik (Annual reprint of a column that first appeared in 1983 in the Cape May County Herald) For those who can’t find an Interactive Barney or afford a 40- inch “home theater, “it’s still possible to give a meaningful gift at Christmas. Try forgiveness. Forgive the trash man for […]



In homes around the world, life isn’t as usual. In many schools, it just isn’t the same. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators, each have their own challenges and internal response to those challenges. Let’s take a glimpse behind the scenes look at why. It’s Monday Morning. Dr. Lisa Lucas is preparing for a professional learning […]


Wellness Wednesday on VoicEd Radio

Remember Live Radio? Seems like a lifetime ago that I turned on the radio in my car or home. I tend to load podcasts or Spotify on my phone. I’ve got a new option for you-tune in Live to Wellness Wednesday on VoicEd Radio. It’s not my usual Practicing Presence Podcast; we’re now LIVE with […]

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A Handful of Real Friends

“We bring a deeper commitment to our happiness when we fully understand, that our time left is limited and we really need to make it count.” -Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (Life Lessons, 2000) It was more than a decade ago that I first encountered “Coach”. I was in the locker room of my fitness club and […]


Perception is Projection This week my husband turned 59- my mother-in-law 89 and my granddaughter 5 months. A 2009 survey of Americans asked participants when they believed someone grew ‘old’. Those in their twenties believed said old age began at 60. Those under 50 put the threshold closer to 70, whereas those 65 and above […]


“Your genetics load the gun. Your lifestyle pulls the trigger.” Dr. Mehmet Oz Every sixty-five seconds another person develops Alzheimer’s disease; and of these newcomers, roughly two-thirds will be women. Of all the challenges to brain pain, nothing compares to the unprecedented scale of Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia, currently […]

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Reminders for Uncertain Times

I’m designing a course at the University on the topic of Wellness. In an effort to save students money on purchasing a textbook, I’ve been looking for articles, blogs, podcasts, anything current and relevant to compile into a course that students would find meaningful. I asked our guest Graduate Assistants from Ireland to help me […]


Perspective Changes Everything

Many of us are stressed with the current pandemic situation, and for valid reasons. However, we aren’t the only generation to be subjected to hardships. Perhaps the present moment isn’t so bad. Imagine if YOU were born in 1900. On your 14th birthday, World War I begins and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million […]

A Brand-New Presence

This Wednesday one of the free take- aways from my webinar on Self-care Practices will be a resource that I’ve curated during the past few weeks to help all of us navigate through these turbulent times. Please consider sending me your stories and examples of how you’ve found the bright spots and the good that […]