Anniversary Trip

Today Phil and I are celebrating our 6th Anniversary. Yesterday we took a train from the Isle of Wight to London. After checking into our hotel we went for a walk to find a pub. We stepped outside the front door of the hotel and looked up. The first picture was the view. St. Paul's Cathedral!

That evening we took a dinner river boat cruise down the Thames. Our seats were next to a couple from Australia celebrating their honeymoon. They told us it took them 22 hours in the plane to get to London. It put my 8 hours in perspective.

Today included a spa treatment at Ajala Spa, (more about that in a later blog) and a visit to the site of our 1st date. On our 1st date I took Phil to see Les Miserables. He had been at work all day installing furniture and fell asleep! I was so engrossed in the play I did not even notice. Afterward the play all those years ago we had Chinese so tonight we went for dim sum.

Tomorrow includes a visit to Churchill war rooms then back to 2 little girls and their grandparents that I am sure are exhausted.

Anniversary Trip

Anniversary Trip

Anniversary Trip

Anniversary Trip

Melinda

Christmas Day in review

Christmas Eve started with cuddles from Granddad Jez and Great Granddad Eric. The girls were so excited for Santa (Father Christmas) to come they fell asleep early. The only problem was that they really just took their American afternoon nap. Abigail woke up at 2:00 in the morning!

The girls enjoyed opening their presents from Santa before church. Then they both fell asleep during the service!

The Queen's speech was short just focusing on the newest addition to the royal family.

Family present time was hectic with 5 grandchildren trying to pass out all the presents. There were a couple that did not have names so we decided they were for the whole family. Thankfully it was wine and cookies!!

Christmas dinner was a 5 course ordeal. Antipasti 1st course. Main meal of turkey with 2 types of stuffing came 2nd. Dessert of Christmas pudding 3rd. 4th course is cheese and port wine. And last mince pie and coffee.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well.

Melinda

Christmas Day in review

Christmas Day in review

Christmas Day in review

Christmas Day in review

Christmas Day in review

Melinda

Christingle

Christmas in England comes with a few new traditions and a few new words. Today we went to a Christingle service. I had never heard of a Christingle. The orange represents the world. The red ribbon represents Gods love. The 4 sticks with treats represent the 4 seasons and the fruits on the spirit. The candle represents the light of the world.

The service involves some scripture readings, a talk, offering for the needy children, and singing. I don't know why but the singing in a British accent just sounds prettier! The candle is lit at the end of the service, but as you can tell from the pics Abigail and Roslyn's oranges did not make it through the service!

Midnight service tonight which starts at 11:00. And tomorrow we get the listen to the Queen's speech before opening presents!

Merry Christmas
Melinda

Christingle

Christingle

Christingle

Christingle

Christingle

Melinda

Christingle

Christmas in England comes with a few new traditions and a few new words. Today we went to a Christingle service. I had never heard of a Christingle. The orange represents the world. The red ribbon represents Gods love. The 4 sticks with treats represent the 4 seasons and the fruits on the spirit. The candle represents the light of the world.

The service involves some scripture readings, a talk, offering for the needy children, and singing. I don't know why but the singing in a British accent just sounds prettier! The candle is lit at the end of the service, but as you can tell from the pics Abigail and Roslyn's oranges did not make it through the service!

Midnight service tonight which starts at 11:00. And tomorrow we get the listen to the Queen's speech before opening presents!

Merry Christmas
Melinda

Christingle

Christingle

Christingle

Christingle

Christingle

Melinda

Twenty-Seven Complete Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Sherman College

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Twenty-seven students from around the world received the doctor of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The commencement was a shared ceremony for December 2013 and March 2014 graduates.

Guthrie Michael Schroeder of Maine and Chelsea Jeanne Sineath of South Carolina, recipients of the Milton W. Garfunkel Award for the December and March classes, respectively, each presented a farewell address to their classmates. The Garfunkel Award is the highest award given at graduation. Students receiving this honor must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and in addition, best exemplify those qualities Sherman College would like to inculcate in all of its graduates: love of the profession, an understanding of the philosophy, willingness to share, and service to the college and community.

Both Schroeder and Sineath graduated summa cum laude and received the Academic Achievement Award. The Academic Achievement Award is given to the individual in each graduating class who maintains the highest grade point average throughout his or her studies at Sherman College.

Casey Ann Bogart of Michigan received the Service Distinction Award for the December graduating class, and Sineath received it for the March class. The Service Distinction Award is not given at every graduation; rather it is given to students who stand out for their significant and distinguished service contributions to Sherman College and the local community throughout their course of study.

The Clinical Excellence Award was presented to Justin Scott Peasley of Michigan for the December class and Amanda Cristal Alejandro of New Jersey for the March class, in recognition of their successful practices in the Health Center. This award is given to an intern in each class who has diligently worked to develop skills in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, maintained an “A” average in the clinical program and exhibited superior overall clinical performance and professionalism.

The B.J. Palmer Philosophy Distinction Award was presented to the mother-and-son pair of Guthrie Schroeder for the December class and Diane Kraszewski Schroeder of Maine for the March class. This honor is given to outstanding students who exemplify the profound philosophical understanding necessary to translate the universal principles of life into the workable philosophy, science and art which is chiropractic.

The commencement address was given by Ronald R. Castellucci, D.C., associate professor of clinical sciences at Sherman College. Castellucci is a 1988 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO. After 10 years of successful practice in Lexington, MA, Castellucci moved south to join the Sherman College faculty in 1998. He also maintains a wellness-oriented family practice in Hendersonville, NC, and is a member of Sherman College’s prestigious Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers. Castellucci was named Faculty Member of the Year for 2013, 2004 and 2000. He teaches full spine techniques, spinal palpation and patient education. Castellucci teaches pediatric adjusting techniques worldwide for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

William M. Decken, D.C., L.C.P., associate professor of clinical sciences and chair of the Philosophy Department at Sherman College, delivered the charge to the graduates. Decken is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Sherman College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College (1979) and a Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers distinction from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Decken joined the Sherman College faculty in 1987; he teaches courses in philosophy, subluxation theory, and communication. Since 2008 he has served as chairman of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations, and he developed and coordinates Sherman College’s Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers program. He often speaks on philosophy at chiropractic seminars. Decken practices at Family Straight Chiropractic, which he established and has owned for 27 years.

The doctor of chiropractic program at Sherman College requires students to complete more than 4,800 hours (14 quarters) of classroom and laboratory study and also includes an internship in the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center. To enter the D.C. program, students must have at least 90 semester hours of college-level courses, including courses in the sciences. 

Dollywood Lights

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One of my favorite holiday traditions is to go to Dollywood during the Christmas season.  We always have our picture made into an ornament for our tree; a tradition we started when Abigail was born. If you like Christmas lights Dollywood is a dream. I am always amazed at the number of lights and how fast they are put up. 4 million lights in 6 days. I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I highly recommend going, just remember to bundle up!

Melinda

 

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Finals Week

I just wanted to share a couple of pictures from the cafe. In 5th quarter we have just finished our 5th of 9 exams this week. We are enjoying a few laughs reminiscing over the quarter and trying to lighting the stress of the week. I am so grateful for my Sherman family!

Melinda

 

 

Finals Week

 

Finals Week

Finals Week

China’s Southeast University, Sherman College Sign Agreement

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The Medical School of Southeast University (MSSEU) in China and Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, recently signed a cooperation agreement establishing an academic exchange program that allows select faculty members of each institution to visit one another, guest lecture and participate in collaborative research.

Sherman College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Irwin, along with MSSEU Vice Dean for Research Dr. Jianqiong Zhang and Vice Dean for Undergraduate Students Dr. Lixin Wang, signed the agreement Wednesday morning, December 11, on the Sherman College campus.

SEU-Sherman_AgreementSigning“This is a wonderful way for faculty from both institutions to work together and learn from each other,” Sherman College President Dr. Edwin Cordero said of the agreement. “I’m confident this agreement will complement our strengths in the study of the science, philosophy and art of chiropractic. We look forward to the collaborative work ahead, as well as sharing chiropractic with our colleagues across the globe.”

Dr. Fengshu Zhao, a visiting scholar from MSSEU, was also in attendance at the agreement signing. Dr. Zhao is completing a three-month stay at Sherman College through the faculty exchange program. She has been working with Sherman’s Director of Research Dr. Pengju Luo, faculty member Carolyn Best, and the rest of the basic science faculty in the areas of microbiology and parasitology, as well as lecturing and working with students.

MSSEU delegates will hold talks with Sherman’s faculty, staff, administrators, and student representatives to discuss cooperation opportunities of many common interests, potential student exchanges and more.

Sherman College continually works to establish academic agreements and pre-chiropractic programs with institutions across the nation and around the world to promote its doctor of chiropractic program and enrich faculty scholarship opportunities.

Southeast University is a public research university located in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. It is one of the oldest universities in China and has been ranked among the top 20 research universities in that country and among the top 500 in the world. International cooperative programs play an important role in the development of the university. The institution has signed agreements for friendly cooperation with more than 100 universities, research institutes or corporations in countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden and the U.S.

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About Sherman College of Chiropractic
Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive chiropractic education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. For more information, visit www.sherman.edu or call 800-849-8771.

About Southeast University
Southeast University is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in China; its origin can be traced back to 1902, when it was founded as Sanjiang Normal College. Now, Southeast University has become a comprehensive university boasting more than 34 schools or departments with 64 undergraduate disciplines. It also has 20 post-doctoral stations and offers 95 Ph.D. programs and 208 master programs; it holds a national lead in architecture, civil engineering, electronics, information technology, energy, power engineering, and transportation technology. Full-time students number more than 27,000, of whom about 10,000 are postgraduates.

Sherman College Announces 2014 Continuing Education Schedule

Sherman College of Chiropractic has released dates for its key continuing education events in 2014, including Lyceum, the International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS), the Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP), an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) certification program, ICD-10 Coding with John Davila, D.C., Koren Specific Technique with Tedd Koren, D.C., Radiography of Challenging Patients with Dr. Pat Kuhta, and numerous other events.

LYCEUM – MAY 1-3, 2014
The college’s 41st Lyceum, “Fuel the Vision: Adjusting the World for a Better Future,” will be held from Thursday to Saturday, May 1-3, 2014. Lyceum is held each spring on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, reunions, alumni events and more. The program typically features more than 30 seminars with attendees able to receive up to 21 hours of continuing education credits. Speakers are being finalized and will be announced in January 2014.

IRAPS – OCTOBER 18-19, 2014
Renowned researchers and philosophers join forces each October for the International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) at Sherman College; the 11th annual symposium will be held October 18-19, 2014, at the college. The symposium is designed to bring together individuals with different viewpoints and approaches and to promote critical thinking in regard to the professional, philosophical, theoretical and practical considerations of vertebral subluxation correction. Abstracts will be due in June. The event offers 12 hours of CE credit.

ACP – SESSIONS IN 2014
The Sherman College Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP) has scheduled a program in Sweden in 2014, and dates are being set now for next year’s domestic program. The ACP is a one-year course designed to enhance the understanding, depth and breadth of chiropractic philosophy. Candidates complete a scholarly 100-hour program exploring classical to modern-day philosophy. The ICA Council on Philosophical Chiropractic Standards accepts the successful completion of the ACP for 100 hours towards its Diplomate in Philosophical Chiropractic Standards.

ICPA – 14 MODULES THROUGH APRIL 2015
Sherman is hosting the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) 200-hour certification program on campus. Attendance at all 14 classroom modules and participation in two in-office research projects fulfills the requirements for the ICPA 200-hour certification program and Part One of the ICPA 360-hour Diplomate Program. The series runs through April 2015, and details may be found at http://icpa4kids.com/seminars/.

ICD-10 CODING FOR CHIROPRACTORS – JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2014
With an emphasis on a subluxation-based practice, this class provides the tools to make the transition to ICD-10 painless and relevant. The course helps doctors navigate the new diagnosis codes and improve documentation. Instructor John Davila, D.C., is an expert in documentation and medical necessity, and he is considered the foremost authority on compliance issues as they relate to chiropractic practice. Classes will be held once a month on the Sherman College campus from January to September 2014, and 8 hours of CE credit are offered.

KOREN SPECIFIC – JANUARY 25, 2014
Koren Specific Technique, Neurology, Cancer and Chronic Illness with Tedd Koren, D.C., will be offered January 25, 2014, on the Sherman campus. The program covers the philosophical foundation for vitalistic care and how to apply it using a protocol that is in harmony with chiropractic principles. KST includes a unique and specific analysis procedure using the occipital drop (OD) that quickly locates priority subluxations; the program also explores the proper order in which to adjust subluxations, the posture of subluxation and its connection to effective care, as well as cranial adjusting, disc correction and extremity care.

CHIROPRACTIC RADIOGRAPHY OF CHALLENGING PATIENTS – FEBRUARY 8-9, 2014
Pat Kuhta, D.C., is teaching Chiropractic Radiography of Challenging Patients on February 8-9, 2014, on the Sherman College campus. This course aims to increase the practitioner’s knowledge, skill, and confidence in x-ray positioning of various types of challenging patients. This seminar will focus exclusively on spinal x-ray positioning utilizing a tilting bucky for the regional radiographic images taken in the general chiropractic office; 12 hours of CE are offered.

For more information about continuing education offerings at Sherman College of Chiropractic, go to www.sherman.edu/continuing-education or contact Director of Continuing Education Stacy Bradey (sbradey@sherman.edu or 800-849-8771, ext. 229). Sherman College offers postdoctoral programs and seminars for the purpose of license renewal in most states. The programs are conducted by Sherman College faculty and other well-known and respected chiropractors and extension faculty.

Flying the Coop

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Graduation is December 14th this year. Many of us have been preparing for this date for a long, long time. Working hard, accomplishing things that are quite amazing!

This past quarter I’ve taken note as my fellow classmates beside me studied and took Part IV Boards. The following week we all took Exit Exams, which are a smaller version of Part IV Boards, plus a little more. These exams are taken to mark our passing out of Clinic

We’ve always silently looked up to Interns as they prepare and pass their Exits and Boards. Actually, I think it fair to say we look up to any Intern that is ahead of us as if they are accomplishing something mysterious. 🙂 Truth be told, every passage is mysterious until you have accomplished it. Yet, at this time, I still find the passage mysterious.    

Mysterious in that we have done so much, worked so hard side by side for many hours of a day and days in a week/month/into 3.5 years. And now we are perched on a threshold.

Some have already completed their Clinic requirements. That is; completed the required number of hours, patient visits, adjustments, x-rays, assessments etc. These interns have prepared to complete their last quarter elsewhere at an “outside” internship. Here they will observe office practices, techniques, whatever they are interested in learning about. 

And this is what has sparked my blog; people I have known well and worked beside for so long are one at a time completing their requirements, “Ringing the Bell” in Clinic and…flying the coop! Late last night I contemplated this phenomenon. I saw beautiful owls of all colors and types and sizes flying away, one at a time in great joy and accomplishment – onwards towards another destination.   

Two have already left for Michigan, one has gone to the Dominican Republic, two will go to Greenville SC, one to the Spartanburg area, one to Massachusetts, one to Ohio, one to Minnesota, one to Malaysia, one to the Philippines… Some take families with them, some return to families, some go alone.   

It confuses me, makes me wonder and leaves me sad. We have waited for Graduation. And yes, it will be a great joyful accomplishment, but it is also a parting of ways. 

We are perched on the threshold of new great accomplishments. These accomplishments will never end for we seek to care for others, participate in their healing and thus bring a hopeful peace to the world

It is a mysterious passage. It is a passage I too must go through. I will miss these young owls. The interns of this particular graduation are all exceptionally fine individuals. Those who will claim them as their Doctors of Chiropractic will be fortunate indeed. May they each go forth and become wise – returning to gather again at future Sherman Lyceums

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Diane

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