Transition is tough, but you can positively face change. The Morning Thing 7/19/17


(picture courtesy of Rachel Yoder)

The Morning Thing focused on an interesting topic topic today – transition.
It is difficult to handle change, at the workplace and at home. Change is inevitable, but most of us are very fearful of any type of change in our lives and in our routines.
We fear change at work for a variety of reasons. These fears are often associated with fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of criticism and fear of the unknown.
We shared some tips for positively handling change.

is Managing Director for WM Consulting. She wrote an insightful article for with 10 tips for dealing with change in your-workplace. These tips could also be adapted to your home and personal life.
Click HERE to see the complete article.

10 Tips for Overcoming Your Fear of Change at Work

  1. Acknowledge the change. The most important thing to do when change is happening in the workplace is to acknowledge it. Recognising and accepting change is one of the first steps towards managing it.
  2. Face your fears. When you fear change take some time out for yourself. Writing down these fears in an objective form can stop you dwelling on them. Go through each fear and write down what you would do if that fear came to pass. Knowing you have a back up plan can really help to defuse the emotional anxiety.
  3. Confront your feelings and seek support. Face your feelings about fear and the transition you are going through, especially when the change is imposed and beyond your control. Change could mean that you have to cope with a loss of co-workers, team, and a project that you really care about. You don’t have to act as a victim, even when you are not in control. The best thing to do is to accept your feelings and then reach out to close colleagues, partner, loved ones and talk to them about what you are feeling.
  4. Stop the fearful thoughts and replace them with something positive. Fear can come from creating negative thoughts and scenarios in your head about what the future holds. How you are describing the change to yourself? What you see to be the negative aspects of the change? What impact it has on you and your life? The moment you become fearful and have negative thoughts, stop them in their tracks and turn them into something positive. Ask yourself questions. In the past when I handled change really well what did I do? How did I handle it? What actions did I take that really worked for me? How did I deal with the change in my communication with others? How did I manage my mental health? Which personal attributes did I use to turn things into positive? Was I patient? Rational? etc.
  5. Be flexible and embracing of change. Instead of hiding from your fear and creating defenses to keep it away from you, be open and flexible to taking on new challenges and tasks. Chansky says to approach change with an open attitude of learning. “Even if you don’t like something new in the system, if you are flexible, people will want to work with you, and there is a greater chance of change. If you “rage against the machine, so to speak, no one is going to rush to have your back.”
  6. Be part of the change. Adopt an attitude of anticipation and excitement. Welcome change as an opportunity. Get involved in new committees and work teams. Be an influencer and driver of change. That way you will feel empowered and less fearful. See the positive in the way forward.
  7. Communication, communication and more communication. Communication is always important and especially when you face change. Part of the fear of change is the unknown. If the organization is not communicating change effectively, make it your business to be proactive in finding out more about what the change involves. Don’t sit back. Talk to your boss, your boss’s boss and your co-workers to get their understanding. Don’t make these sessions negative. Instead ask constructive questions to find out meaningful information to help you understand better. Be aware that sometimes when talking to co-works news can be distorted and can be mixed with rumor.
  8. Reduce Stress and anxiety. In times of stress caused by change we may feel tired and un-energized. This is the time we need to focus on being strong, fit, healthy and resilient. To be resilient you need to be clam and in control so that you are able to make good, clear and rational decisions. Focus on your exercise and nutrition, breath deeply and smile. This doesn’t have to be extensive; 20-30 minutes of meditation; yoga or even walking to clear your head is sufficient.
  9. Have a sense of meaning. Take time to take stock of how valuable you are to the organisation. Acknowledge your successes and the valuable skills and attributes you offer the organisation. This is perhaps the time to make your self more valuable. Research tells us that valuable employees typically get through changes unscathed, or even better than before.
  10. Continue to do your work and see the big picture. It is easy during times of reorganisation to sit back and see what will happen tomorrow. It is easy to have that attitude as in some cases the work you are doing might change. However, remember that till you have a new direction you need to focus on achieving your designated goals and tasks. Remember that a great positive attitude should impress a future boss.

The bottom line is, change is inevitable for all organisations today, so you’ll need to overcome your fear of it.

Change can be frightening and disruptive. However, with the right attitude, outlook and actions, you can find opportunities in that change.

Author Bio – Ban Weston

Ban is the Managing Director of wm Consulting founded in 2005 and is qualified in organizational psychology. Ban’s expertise and knowledge covers Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Change Management, Cultural Transformation, Capability & Talent Development and Executive Coaching. Ban works closely with CEOs, Executive Teams, Middle Managers and Team Leaders to accelerate leadership development and team effectiveness.



The Ultimate Stain Removal Guide – The Morning Thing 7/18/17

We found it! The Ulitimate Stain Removal Guide! shares 28 surprising tricks to remove pretty much any stain.

Click HERE to see the complete list.

Here are some of our favorites:

Get rid of soap scum and hard water stains with cooking spray.


Orange peels will also get rid of water stains.


Remove a permanent marker stain from nearly any surface with regular toothpaste.


Citrus Kool-Aid will help scrub away toilet-bowl stains.


Wipe away deodorant stains with a new or used dryer sheet.


Use toothpaste to remove coffee and tea stains from mugs.


The Morning Thing salutes the stain fighters!
Let us know if you have found a trick that works at your house.
Email your tips to

The Ultimate Camping List – The Morning Thing 7/14/17


We have found the Ultimate Family Camping System for families. This step-by-step guide will make your camping experience SO much easier.

Misty writes for
She says that having separate bins is the key to pack for your camping trip.
Click HERE to see the complete article and to download Misty’s Camping Lists.

Misty created four master camping packing lists for her family camping trips. (You can download/customize/print each one HERE!)  Each camping checklist (except the last one) is attached to a tub where she puts those supplies:

  1. Camp Kitchen Tub
  2. Family Tent Tub
  3. Camp Supplies Tub
  4. Last Minute Camping Checklist





Meet the 2017 Knox Addiction Conference Team!

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Today, our “Meet the Team” spotlight shines on the Knox Addiction Conference. There is a team of amazing people and organizations working hard to coordinate this annual event.

The Knox Addiction Conference is hosted by the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT). This conference offers a number of different professional development tracks and opportunities for continuing education credits. The presentations are also open to the general public and will give information on what is being done to address drug abuse in our community and immediate ways that each one of us can get involved in supporting people in recovery and strengthening the community.

The conference will be held June 28th and 29th in Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College Campus, starting at 8:30am. For a full listing of sessions and times, Click HERE

Registration for all attendees is required. Breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials are included in your registration fee. Registrations will be accepted up until the morning of the conference. Lunch is going to be provided cafeteria style and will have options for those with special dietary needs. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7 am both days in Rosse Hall. Click HERE to register.

In addition to the general conference, luncheons for physicians and business professionals will be offered. Topics at the lunch will be specific to these professions. If you plan to attend the luncheon and the conference, registration for both events is required.

The conference will also offer an evening event on Wednesday, June 28th from 7-9 pm hosted by the Knox Health Planning Partnership Resilience Team: RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.

KSAAT Chair, Janet Chandler, talks about the film and its importance to our community, HERE!

WNZR, Knox Pages and the Mount Vernon News had an opportunity to talk with some of the presenters and organizers of the Knox Addiction Conference.

Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville will be presenting at the conference. He talked about the challenges the drug epidemic has brought to the Knox County Courts. Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Chip.

Detective Lieutenant Craig Feeney of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is presenting at the conference alongside Knox County Prosecutor, Chip McConville. Craig talked to us about the challenges the drug epidemic brings to the Sheriff’s Office and how the public can help law enforcement in the fight against drugs.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Craig.

Detective Corporal James DeChant of the Mount Vernon Police Department is presenting at the conference too. James talked about the drug problem in our community and why community members should attend the Knox Addiction Conference.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with James.

Knox Community Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jim Middleton is on the planning committee for the conference. Jim shared the impact of NARCAN and the strategies that KCH has implemented to handle the increase of drug abuse cases. He also shared the challenges that the medical community face with the fight on drugs.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Jim.

Jeff Williams is Executive Director of the Freedom Center. He helped to plan the conference. Jeff shared important event details with WNZR.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Jeff.

Emily Morrison is Communications Manager Legal Assistant at the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office. She is in charge of registration for the Knox Addiction Conference. She shared exciting news about topics that will be covered at the conference, including a new youth track on Thursday.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Emily.

For more information about KSAAT, its goals and the Knox Addiction Conference, go to


How do you say “I love you” to your dog?

Hey dog lovers – this blog is for you! The Morning Thing crew found 5 ways to tell your dogs that you love them in their own language.

The 5 tips (and the cute pictures) come from
(Click HERE to reach the full article and get more details on each tip)

1. Gaze Deeply Into Their Eyes

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2. Raise Your Eyebrows


3. Lean on Them 


4. Let Them Sleep With You


5. Just Be Yourself


How much do you know about onions? The Morning Thing shared the powerful secrets of this vegetable.


Do you know the real power of the onion?  On Monday’s show, we shared the exceptional benefits of onions – for your health and skin!

Check out this list of 43 benefits of the smelly, but very powerful onion!
Click HERE for the full article.
Here are some of our favorite benefits:

  1. Onions have antibiotic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and carminative properties to help you stay away from infections.
  2. Onions are rich in sulphur, fibers, potassium, calcium, vitamin B, vitamin C and they are low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Here is a detailed Onion Nutrition chart:

Onion Nutrition chart

3. It is an immediate cure for fever, common cold, cough, sore throat, allergies, etc. A mixture of onion juice and honey can cure these problems easily.
4. A small piece of onion can work against side effects of fever if it is kept on the forehead.
5. An onion a day can cure insomnia or sleeping disorders. This will surely give you a good night’s sleep.
6. Onions can improve the digestive system. If you have a digestion problem, then onions can cure it by increasing the release of the digestion juices.
7. Onion juice can cure burnt skin or an insect bite or a bee bite. It may burn more but it can heal it very effectively.
8. You can protect yourself from osteoporosis and atherosclerosis by consuming onions daily.
9. Onions increase the insulin in the body and also treat diabetes by controlling the sugar levels in the blood.
10. The bad cholesterol that causes heart problems can be burnt or removed if an onion is consumed daily. It keeps you safe from the coronary diseases and also protects the good cholesterol.
11. One of the well-known tricks to remove dark patches or pigments on your face is to apply onion and turmeric juice on that area.
12. Onions cure menstrual disorders. Raw onions should be consumed before a few days of the beginning of your cycle.
13. Use onion juice on the hair or the scalp to get rid of lice and hair fall. This is one of the most prominent of onion benefits for hair.
14. Onions contain water, protein, fats, starch, fibers, minerals, calcium, vitamin C, iron and B complex. You should consume between 100 – 150 grams of onions in any form depending on your likes and dislikes.

Skin Benefits

This humble vegetable can provide you with a healthy and glowing skin, thanks to the presence of rich amounts of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Both the consumption and the topical application of onions can provide numerous benefits to your skin.

Click HERE for the full article with more skin and hair benefits.

Overnight wonder: Put an onion in your sock before going to bed.

This trick sounds too good to be true. It’s a 100% natural way to detox your body without actually having to do anything. That’s because you can literally do this cleansing trick in your sleep! The secret is in our feet, and in a particular vegetable that has some very special properties.

Click HERE to see the video!

Summer is a great time to read!


Thursday’s show was a day dedicated to summer reading.
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We shared 10 fun summer reading ideas – even for the reluctant readers. We also shared more about the exciting reading program for the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

Click HERE to hear more about the summer reading program at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. Eddie Dilts talked with Jessica Horlacher, Technology Educator.

Click HERE to see the complete schedule for the summer reading program.

Jamie Martin is an author for Faith Gateway. She shares 10 Ways to Make Reading a Natural Part of Your Family Life.

1. Use the Library in a Way That Works for You

Our family has been through different seasons when it comes to library usage, including one in which taking my children there just didn’t work for me (because of their young ages). During that time I still used the library by going alone and choosing books for the kids. It became a special tradition, as they looked forward to the surprises in store upon my return. If you don’t have library access, think about what you can substitute instead. A book exchange with friends? Electronic books that you can download through a service like Making a wish list of books for relatives when they ask what to buy for holidays? Stocking up at garage sales? Do your best using what’s available to you in this moment.

2. Don’t Feel Tied to Bedtime Reading

Rarely in my life have I enjoyed bedtime reading with my kids, a fact I tried to hide for ages because it felt like the parenting police might show up and take me away. In all honesty, though, by the time evening arrives after a long day, I lack the patience to enjoy stories with my children. (Haven’t you ever found yourself skipping pages here and there to reach the end of a book? And has your little one ever called you out on it?) Bedtime isn’t the only acceptable reading time. I prefer mornings, when I have the most energy. Or you might try snack time with the kids around the table when they get home from school. For years now I’ve found our best time for reading aloud to be during a meal — when little mouths are busy chewing, giving me a captive audience. If you try and fail, don’t assume that reading aloud won’t work for you — just get creative with your timing.

3. Invite the Whole Family

I realized several years into reading stories to the kids that Steve missed out on most of them since he was at work all day. So we began a family reading time after dinner, while everyone was still at the table. (Keep in mind that we tried this only after the kids were around age eight and had the attention span to keep up with us.) Our most successful readings as a family have been short — no more than ten or fifteen minutes, even if that means stopping in the middle of a chapter. Better to leave them wanting more than to have everyone give a sigh of relief when you’re done. For families with children under eight, reading a short Bible passage or story might work well at dinner. We love the Jesus Storybook Bible for littles.

4. Drop a Book If It Isn’t Connecting with Everyone

At one point, we’d started reading the Narnia Series together, and we reached a title within it that just didn’t connect with everyone. I pulled out all the stops — doing crazy voices for characters, making the readings shorter, and taking time to discuss what we were reading. But it wasn’t much fun since not all of us were enjoying it. Family reading is about bonding, about deepening relationships. You need everyone “in” for it to work. So, I thanked that well-written book and returned it to the shelf for another season. I’ve found that when I’m willing to do that, we’ve gone on to an even better title next — a good exercise for me in letting go of control.

5. Talk about What You’re Reading Personally

Our kids need to see that reading isn’t only a child’s activity. Or worse — something assigned to endure until you can move on to something “fun.” Accomplish this easily by setting the example yourself. Keep your own books on a side table in the dining room or other high-traffic area, somewhere the children will naturally notice. Take a moment here and there to describe a suspenseful plot twist that captivated you, or read a short quote aloud that they might appreciate. No pressure to read from someone else’s list of official classics. Begin with your own interests, whatever they may be.

6. Use Audio Books

For parents with work commutes, for lengthy road trips, and for the auditory learner when Mom’s or Dad’s voice starts to wear thin, audio books save the day. Download one for yourself when you’re folding the laundry or making dinner, or find a collection for the kids to choose from during afternoon quiet times. Discover new titles at,, and your local library. If you have a child with dyslexia or a visual impairment, you may qualify for a subscription to Our family has found it invaluable!

7. Go with the Interruptions When You Can

At times I cannot even get through a paragraph of reading aloud without an interruption. A cup spill sends a child rushing to clean up, someone falls off their chair with a loud bang, or there are back-to-back questions about plot or vocabulary. It can make a well-intentioned parent throw in the towel. But don’t give up! Young kids’ interruptions may be merely logistical, but as children grow, their interruptions have more to offer — an insight someone noticed, a comparison to another book’s character, a deep meaning-of-
life question. Don’t skip these, even though they slow the reading down! Indeed, one could argue that these interruptions are precisely why we read: to learn how to think, to have new ideas and observations. Find a method that works for you to handle these moments. I taught my kids to raise their hands when they have a comment or question and wait until I can pause to listen to them. It doesn’t work flawlessly, but it helps.

8. Get Dramatic

I’ve been known to get a little crazy while reading. If a character leaps to her feet in a frenzy, I do the same — surprising my unsuspecting audience at the dining table. Reading aloud should be fun for parents too, right? So add in a bit of drama when you feel like it. Experiment with different voices and accents. Welcome a little silliness from time to time. We may find that those moments leave the best reading memories in our children’s minds.

9. Take Turns Reading

Don’t feel as though you have to do all the reading aloud yourself. As your kids begin reading confidently, add them to the process. Have each person read a verse during your Scripture reading, or one stanza from a poem, or a page or chapter of a story. Not only does this provide a natural setting for everyone to practice reading for an audience, it adds to the family bonding of reading together, leading to the feeling that “this is just what we do, part of who we are.”

10. Don’t Stop When the Kids Get Older

Our reading times have only become better as my children have gotten older. We now have more interesting discussions about the real world, its wonders and its challenges. We make deeper connections as books lead us to new levels of thought. You aren’t just reading to your kids until they can read to themselves. You’re creating a culture of words, meaning, and the power of story — one that will grow richer as the years pass. Enjoy it!

Excerpted with permission from Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin, copyright Jamie C. Martin. Published by Zondervan.


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