Stories

Happy Valentines Day Agape‑mou

By Jill Parshley-Cardillo  Whether you are religious or not, you may have heard this poetic verse written in a letter by  Paul in the Bible, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not […]

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Resolving Unresolved Resolutions

By Jill Parshley-Cardillo Now that January 2022 has come to a close, here at Chooseafamily.com, we have one thing to say…you DID IT! You made it through another January, amongst some of the most challenging times the world has seen in a while. You are here, alive. Take a breath and a bow. One of […]

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In Between Brooklyn & Queens: A New Way to See Valentine’s Day

Hi my name is Jill Parshley-Cardillo. I was born and raised in Astoria, Queens in New York City. I am proud to say my sister, Kim Parshley, is the founder of: https://www.chooseafamily.com. She is the strawberry blonde actress with a bright smile, deep dimples and warm heart in the Choose A Family commercial, which you can […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2018: Remembering to Breathe

With Thanksgiving coming up, and the hustle and bustle of students and shoppers rising before dawn, I decided to leave to work earlier than usual. I find that when I leave early, I slow down and take my time since there is no longer a need to rush. When we stop rushing, we breathe, and […]

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Choosing A Father

I, like many others, gratefully have found a substitute father, friend, and mentor. Of course nobody can replace the real him, but at least now I have a chance at having the conversations in my adulthood I would have liked to have had with him after he died when I was 9. Anything from how do […]

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Examinng Family Roles In Society

Family is a concept generally associated with a group of people who are affiliated in some manner, in both physical and metaphorical manifestations. Traditionally, we view family as pertaining to our immediate biological bonds, the parents who raised us, the siblings who both loved and tormented us in equal amounts. We extend family to include […]

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Together We Are One

By Dr. Nero Cavaliere It was Kierkegaard , the Danish philosopher, who said “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards”.  Thinking about our past  is helpful in assisting us in making  the right decisions today , but we must keep in mind that every moment  of the present slips into […]

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The Power of Self-Talk

By Dr. Nero Cavalieri It was Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor-philosopher who said, “All is as thinking makes it so.” What he meant was because we react to life’s events through the use of our five senses, the way we perceive anything is predicated on how we think about it.  In other words, the things […]

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You Don’t Have To Be Lonely

  By Dr. Nero Cavalieri     It is a well established fact  that our mental status affects our body in many ways.  For example,  stress, in particular, chronic stress, can lead to a weakening and even breakdown of the immune system which then makes us susceptible to all sorts of diseases including  heart attacks […]

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