Aspects of Autumn

If I were a bird, I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot Fall hasn’t always been my favorite season.  As a kid, I loved Summer, when school was out, more than any other.  (Maybe that’s true for everyone?) As I got older, vibrant colors & cooler temperatures started having aContinue reading “Aspects of Autumn”

5 Ideas to Reduce the Cost of Travel

Other than airfare, (which, unfortunately, has gone through the roof over the past couple years) lodging is usually the biggest expense when traveling.  Hotel stays are pretty pricey, so unless you have friends and family all over or a home on wheels, you might be finding the cost of traveling prohibitive these days. There areContinue reading “5 Ideas to Reduce the Cost of Travel”

Kitchen-Crafted Broth

I recently had a conversation with a member of my climbing gym’s staff about making broth.  (Yes, I’ll talk about food & nutrition with anyone!)  His version, which calls for fresh vegetables, sounded delicious.  My recipe is a bit different, using leftover pieces of veggies collected & frozen over a period of months.  And IContinue reading “Kitchen-Crafted Broth”

Down by the Creek

I have always been irresistibly drawn to water, particularly creeks, streams, and brooks.  While road tripping, I’ve stopped to photograph them more than any other feature in Nature.  Their beauty can be breathtaking, nestled beside a mountain, surrounded by trees and wildflowers.  And the sound of the water running over the stones in the creekContinue reading “Down by the Creek”

Essential Oils: A Primer

If you’re like me, you’ve been using essential oils for as long as you can remember without a clear understanding of how they work.  Over the years, I’ve read a little about them here and there and been inspired to try them for various issues.  The more I’ve used them and learned about them, theContinue reading “Essential Oils: A Primer”

Wildflowers: Resilience, Beauty and Grace

All living creatures interact with wildflowers whether they know it or not. For 130 million years, wildflowers have blessed the earth with their amazing skill sets and stunning beauty . . .

5 Extraordinary Benefits of Going for a Walk

For years, I’ve read about the many advantages of walking, and I’m sure you have, too.  Among its plethora of benefits, it improves endurance, helps with hydration, burns calories, increases longevity, and reduces the risk of many chronic illnesses.  It’s a great activity to continue into advanced age, or to incorporate into any work-out routine. Continue reading “5 Extraordinary Benefits of Going for a Walk”

Adieu, Covid Weight

Over the past 2 1/2 years, our lives have changed dramatically.  We’ve been subject to higher levels of stress & fear, experienced unprecedented loss, and spent more time at home.  In this post, I shared that internet searches for weight loss info increased significantly just months after covid became prevalent, at the same time salesContinue reading “Adieu, Covid Weight”

Quick & Easy Monsoon Pasta

Rain is falling steadily outside and has been for hours.  The temperature has dropped about 15 degrees since it started and I’m certain there’s a touch of Fall in the air.  It’s time for a simple but warm & filling pasta dish. I came up with this formula years ago. The inspiration came from aContinue reading “Quick & Easy Monsoon Pasta”

6 Ways to Reverse Aging

Finally, the search is over: the fountain of youth has been discovered. As much as some of us would like to, we cannot reduce our chronological age, the number of years we’ve been on the planet.  But our biological age, also called our functional age, is determined by lifestyle and can be defined as theContinue reading “6 Ways to Reverse Aging”