Life Balance

Christmas Wishes For Saint Leo's Adult Learners

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If Saint Leo student advisors could give their students one thing for Christmas, here’s what it would be.

In 1944, music teacher Donald Yetter Gardner asked second-grade students at his school what they wanted for Christmas. As they excitedly responded, he was struck by how many of them – missing their upper middle teeth – lisped their way through their Christmas wishes.

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10 Inspiring Quotes About Expressing Gratitude

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Nov 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Expressing gratitude is taking action that can touch others in positive ways.

Gratitude seems to have become trendy in recent years. The intense focus on gratitude lists, journals, books and blogs could lead you to think that we’re only now realizing the value of counting our blessings here in the 21st century.

Actually, the value of gratitude has been around a long time – since the beginning of time, some would say, if you include biblical references to the significance of giving thanks.

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God Bless America: An Independence Day Tribute [Slideshow]

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jun 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Our country is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave. 

As we prepare to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago, the Saint Leo community thanks the selfless men and women who serve in the name of liberty -- the members of our armed forces who keep our nation free -- and their family members who serve on the homefront.

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10 Ways To Honor Our Fallen Heroes On Memorial Day

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

What can you do to honor the sacrifice of those who died serving our country?

Before it became a federal holiday in 1971 and its observance moved to the last Monday in May, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day and took place on May 30th. This year, the last Monday in May actually falls on the original Decoration Day date.

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Topics: Gratitude

Thanksgiving Reflection: Nature, Beauty And Gratitude

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Nov 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

This popular TED talk about gratitude will touch your heart as you prepare for a day of giving thanks.

What’s not to love about Thanksgiving – an entire day dedicated simply to being grateful.

But with myriad preparations to be made – for the meal, company, house guests, or travel – it’s easy to lose focus.

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18 Patriotic Quotes To Share On Independence Day

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Jul 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Some inspirational thoughts about liberty from great Americans to help you celebrate.

Erma Bombeck was a journalist and author whose career took off during the 1960s as she was working and raising three children.

Known for her keen wit and ability to find humor in her everyday experiences as a mother and wife, Bombeck had this to say about Independence Day:

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Reclaiming Memorial Day

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on May 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Reading the 1868 proclamation establishing the original Decoration Day on May 30th is a sobering reminder of the meaning of Memorial Day.

Lost amidst the beach chairs, bathing suits and white shoes that signify the official start of the summer season, Memorial Day has become a three-day weekend, crammed with not-to-miss sales at big box stores and car dealerships, family picnics and mini vacations.

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Being Grateful For The Blessing Of Busy-ness

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 25, 2014 6:56:00 AM

Do you feverishly reply, "Busy!" when asked how you are? Saint Leo theology professor Stephen Okey did, until he decided to see life’s chaos not as a burden but as a blessing. Now he says, “I’m good.”

By Dr. Stephen Okey ,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

I have long had a particular fondness for celebrating Thanksgiving.

In part, I have to admit the several selfish reasons for this: I particularly like the traditional menu, I enjoy the days off from school (or work), and my birthday, Nov. 22, is the earliest possible day in the calendar for Thanksgiving to fall on. Thus, a few times in my life, Thanksgiving has been a day when people are even more explicitly thankful for me

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How To Show A Veteran Your Appreciation

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 11, 2014 7:40:00 AM

No one knows better than a veteran that actions speak louder than words.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-- John F. Kennedy, U.S. president and
World War II Navy veteran


A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nick Lanier wore the camouflage green, tan and gray of a U.S. Army uniform for 13 years.

During that time, he was often approached in airports, restaurants and shopping malls by strangers who shook his hand and thanked him for his service.

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The One Thing You Should Do This Independence Day

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 3, 2014 7:16:00 AM

Slurp watermelon. Plunge in the pool. Ooh and ahh over fireworks. But first take a moment to read the most cherished words in American history.

Don’t you love it when the Fourth of July falls on a Friday or a Monday! Three-day weekends can’t be beat. It’s a great time to take a break from hectic work schedules and rigorous online studies, and have fun with family and friends.

How do you celebrate? Do you host a family cook-out or head to the local park? 

Before you start boiling the potatoes for salad or reach for the beach towels, you might consider taking a few moments to reread the most beloved words in our country’s history: the Declaration of Independence.

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