Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside

Did you enjoy spending time outside as a kid? I did. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember spending much time inside. I loved playing outdoors with pets we had over the years, including lots of dogs and cats, a couple rabbits, and a rooster that I treated like a baby. I enjoyed ridingContinue reading “Six Science-Backed Reasons to Get Outside”

Nature’s Supreme Design

Is it your facethat adorns the garden?Is it your fragrancethat intoxicates this garden? Is it your spiritthat has made this brooka river of wine?Hundreds have looked for you and died searchingin this gardenwhere you hide behind the scenes.But this pain is not for those who come as lovers.You are easy to find here. You areContinue reading “Nature’s Supreme Design”

Scenes from a Hiking Trail

Are you looking for a little family adventure while you’re not yet comfortable with a return to full-on traveling? Maybe finding a new trail to hike in Nature’s exquisite surroundings can satisfy that yearning while inspiring a little awe.  From prior posts, you know that I love hiking, and I thought it’d be fun toContinue reading “Scenes from a Hiking Trail”

Water: The Miraculous Molecule

For a substance that seems so simple, there appears to be no end to the functions and benefits of water.  Many have written about it through the ages, including poets, artists, explorers, statesmen, philosophers, and spiritual leaders. They’ve addressed water as our source, as the driving force in Nature, and as a metaphor for theContinue reading “Water: The Miraculous Molecule”

Blessed Are the Adventurous

An adventure can be defined as a daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm.  Due to studies showing the many benefits of adventure activities, there are now possibilities for adventure travel, adventure therapy, and even adventure prescriptions handed out by physicians. In other posts, I’ve shared how my personal adventures have changed theContinue reading “Blessed Are the Adventurous”

Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function

Over the past 18 months, I’ve heard a lot about masking, hand washing, and social distancing to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Sadly, I’ve also heard about many immunocompromised people dying from the virus. But I haven’t heard top health officials talk much about boosting immune function. Have you? Doesn’t it make sense thatContinue reading “Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function”

Green Exercise? Yes, Please!

According to an article from Woodland Trust, the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK,  Exercise . . . releases endorphins, improves both physical and mental health and helps you sleep better. . . But did you know that where you exercise can make a real difference?  Exercising outdoors in a green space, studies show,Continue reading “Green Exercise? Yes, Please!”

Pope Francis, I Disagree: A Tribute to Earth Day

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson The original version of this heavily-edited post was first shared last year. The sorrowful effects of the pandemic are on the rise again in many countries and the senseless destruction of our planet continues. The message here becomes more urgent each day. SinceContinue reading “Pope Francis, I Disagree: A Tribute to Earth Day”

Red Rocks on the Water

The lovely little desert town of Sedona, Arizona, has more than 400 miles of trails for hiking and biking, and is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of forest land, according to visitsedona.com. Not bad for a destination known for its spas and luxury resorts! The rich colors of Sedona’s earth and trees are a delightContinue reading “Red Rocks on the Water”

For the Love of Skyscapes

Contemplate the entire UniverseAs a magic showOn the grandest scale imaginable.Fabulous art, an immense painting in motion.God is a magician whirling galaxies of fire,Juggling atoms, planets, and us.Everything, everything is fleeting.~Lorin Roche, PhD, The Radiance Sutras Years ago, when I first began my travels West, I discovered the astounding beauty of skies. I was immediatelyContinue reading “For the Love of Skyscapes”