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YouSaid July 2014

Consider the heart
As a longtime heart patient, 'listening to your body' is the No. 1 thing I teach others. [SheSaid column, Tami Mohamed Brown, MWP, June 2014] We each know what our body is trying to tell us, if only we will listen. Our own moods are often indicators of our physical health. Feeling frustrated, edgy or even depressed deserves a call to the primary doc if it's not 'normal' for us to feel this way.
Dawn Huberty, River Falls, Wis.
Editor's note: Huberty is the founder of WIRED4LIFE that gives support to women with implanted cardiac devices. wiredwords.wordpress.com

Called to car repair
Way to go, Cathy! [Heying, Profile, MWP, June 2014] Hearty congratulations. I especially like your comment that justice is about righting relationships.
Florence Steichen, St. Paul

Little Free Libraries
Thanks for spreading the word about Little Free Libraries. [ActNow column, MWP, Feb. 2012] Last October, I put up two - one for adult books and one for kids. To my surprise, the kids library is much more popular - their books have a quicker turnover. I need to brainstorm solutions to encourage adults to take and give a book.

Our side of the block is popular with walkers and families strolling with their kids. About eight years ago, my sister, Sue, and I took out 100 feet of grass from our yard and created a flower garden near the pathway. We have had many admirers over the years, so it made sense to add a library (well, two) in the garden. We call it the community garden. Every day, rain or shine, two groups of day care kids come to the library. However, we can't get anyone to help us pull the weeds!
Sarah Knoblauch, Roseville

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The Drive
I can relate so well to Hilal's story, as I have had a lifelong phobia of driving. [Hilal Isler, YourStory, MWP, June 2014] My mother never drove a day in her life. I spent my early childhood getting to our destinations via bus, taxi or in a car driven by my stepfather. I was only 8 when she died, so I was never able to ask her why she didn't drive.

Other traumas - memories of seeing car accidents - added to my phobia of driving. I was traumatized about driving and associated it only with injuries and, in some cases, death. For years I've practiced driving, but have never really been able to overcome my fear. I couldn't even drive around the block. "You just have to face the fact - you're never going to drive," I was told by my husband.

But, not being a quitter, I persisted in practicing, and with the encouragement of friends and family along with anxiety medications to calm me down, I was eventually able to drive in the south metro, where I live. I'm still uncomfortable with freeways and driving in "the big cities," but I know that with practice and the help of a good driving coach/buddy, I'll get there someday.
Debrah Kvam, West St. Paul

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