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”

Nature Interrupted

Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things. ~Lao Tzu If you are a regular Micro of the Macro reader, you have seen my posts on how the design of Nature is being interrupted on an ongoing basis. Harmful chemicals are used on crops, in cleaning products, andContinue reading “Nature Interrupted”

12 Simple Acts to Help Our Current Crisis

Extinction:  a word normally associated with dinosaurs, certain smaller animal species, and ancient civilizations.  Or, that used to be the case.  Recently, there’s been a lot of speculation on our possible extinction; that is to say, you and me and everyone we love.  Why, you might ask?  Because of our collective irreverence for Nature.  AlthoughContinue reading “12 Simple Acts to Help Our Current Crisis”

Does “In All Things Give Thanks” Apply to These Times?

With the many reports we hear of death, disease, job loss, and an expectation of this trajectory to continue, the idea of gratitude might not be hitting a lot of folks’ radar. In the frighteningly grim existence that we now find ourselves, should we be giving thanks, as the Bible verse suggests?

Six Small Actions That Will Change You

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. ~Annie Dillard And . . . we’re in December.  Wow.  This year will soon be a memory, to the relief of many.  The pandemic, now in its second wave in some countries, has presented a great number of us with unprecedented challenges. Continue reading “Six Small Actions That Will Change You”

Put the Talk on Pause and Heal with Wildlife

Listening to incessant politics and bad news from reporters, government officials, and even commercials, causes feelings of impatience and anger to surface in my normally peaceful mindset. So it’s high time, as my grandmother used to say, to put the talk on pause.

For the Love of Mountains: A Photo Odyssey

We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it, thrilling with the air and trees, streams and rocks, in the waves of the sun, —a part of all nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal. ~John Muir