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A Mother's Love
There's no love like a mother's,
Her heart is filled with care.
With Christ as her example,
Her savior's love she'll share.
A mother's love is endless,
Not changing for all time.
When needed by her children, 
A mother's love will shine.
God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one.
For all their tears and heartaches,
And special work they've done.
When days on earth are over,
A mother's love lives on,
Through many generations,
God's blessings on each one.
Be thankful for our mothers,
Who love with higher love,
From power God has given, 
And strength from up above.
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The Anatomy of the Cervical Spine

Oftentimes, following an auto accident, our clients complain of neck and upper back injuries, which involves an area of the spine commonly known as the cervical region. The cervical spine consists of seven vertebrae, or bones, that attach to the back of the skull and travel down to the thoracic spinal region. Between these bones are discs which are oval shaped rings of cartilage with a moist, crabmeat type material inside. These discs act as cushions, absorbing the normal shock of everyday life such as jumping, running, walking, bending, twisting, lifting, etc, but not necessarily the shock of a traumatic incident. Muscles and ligaments run up and down and across the cervical spine aiding and giving support and protection to the vertebrae, the spinal cord, and the nerve roots, by absorbing forces transmitted to the head or neck. Eight cervical nerve root branching off the cervical spinal cord, travel through the vertebral canal and exit through circular openings in the vertebrae called foramen. The lower cervical nerve roots are interwoven with each other, forming the brachial plexus, a group of nerves that gives sensation and motor function to the arms and hands. The size of the foramen where these nerves exit through can vary with each individual. If the opening is narrow, then this can cause pressure on the nerve root.

After an automobile collision the muscles and ligaments in the neck can be injured due to the snapping motion of the head, or neck, commonly referred to as whiplash. The discs can suffer injury as well, such as herniation or extrusion of the disc material where the interior of the disc pushes through the cartilage ring into the spinal canal. Additionally, nerve roots can be traumatized causing neurological symptoms of pain, numbness, or tingling. The brachial plexus can be stretched or compressed causing injuries to this region too.

Any of these things can occur as a result of a significant automobile collision. Therefore, I highly recommend that you consult with a physician if you have any complaints of head or neck pain following an accident, and do so within fourteen (14) days of the collision.

Be safe out there,


It's Blueberry Season and This is Perfect for a Mother's Day Brunch!
Blueberry Crunch Breakfast Bake
1 loaf (16 ounces) day-old French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
8 large eggs
1 cup half-and-half cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cold butter
2 cups fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

Arrange half of the bread slices in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and vanilla. Slowly pour half of the cream mixture over the bread. Top with remaining bread and egg mixture. Let stand until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over top. Top with blueberries and walnuts. Bake, uncovered, at 375° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.



Diane and Chuck making clay pots at The Clay Center in St. Petersburg

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