Awed by Beauty: a Collage

Words are failing me this week. Or, to be more precise, ideas are failing me. I researched 5 different topics for today’s post, but none of them felt right. After spending days in the beautiful outdoors and warm sunshine, I believe my soul might be blocking all cerebral efforts as if to say, “I’ll haveContinue reading “Awed by Beauty: a Collage”

Pope Francis, I Disagree: A Tribute to Earth Day

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Ever since his election, Pope Francis has been my favorite Pope. I’m not Catholic, but I admire the fact that he’s not afraid to regularly speak out against corruption, specifically the neglect and exploitation of our natural environment for profit, as isContinue reading “Pope Francis, I Disagree: A Tribute to Earth Day”

Put the Talk on Pause: A Photo Essay

I don’t know about you, but I’m in a definite time warp. I can’t keep up with the date or the day of the week. On the one hand, this year is flying, much like last year. On the other hand, the stifling control of pandemic and its unyielding, pervasive gloom talk of the pastContinue reading “Put the Talk on Pause: A Photo Essay”

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

It’s amazing how much things can change in a few short weeks. A month ago, we lived a “normal” existence, and now life is anything but normal. With the many reports we’re hearing of deaths, disease, medical insufficiency, and an expectation of this trajectory to continue, the idea of gratitude might not be hitting theContinue reading “Does “In All Things Give Thanks” Apply to These Times?”

For the Love of Beauty

Cognitive researcher and psychologist Nancy Etcoff, in a most interesting Ted Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_etcoff_happiness_and_its_surprises), says that beauty inspires and motivates us. And Zen Master & peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, (http://thichnhathanhfoundation.org) says “When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born.”Continue reading “For the Love of Beauty”

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

I’ve heard a lot about hand washing and social distancing over the past few weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. I have also heard about immunocompromised people dying from the virus. But I haven’t heard the first newscaster discuss the concept of boosting immune function. Have you? Doesn’t it make sense that we shouldContinue reading “Thinking Outside the COVID-19 Box: 10 Ways to Boost Immune Function”

Super-Simple Bok Choy Soup

According to the Universal Guideline for Human and Planetary Health, (WFPB.ORG), Human and environmental health are dependent on one another. What we consume greatly influences our personal health, the economic health of our countries, and the health of the planet we all share. Only a low-fat, whole food, plant-based dietary pattern has been clearly demonstratedContinue reading “Super-Simple Bok Choy Soup”

Hydration – No, Really

Good morning.  It’s a glorious, sunny winter day here in Arizona.  But it’s dry.  Always dry.  As much as I dislike the humidity of the East Coast, the dry cold (and heat) is a challenge for me as well.  So here I sit, writing and drinking my huge breakfast smoothie with lots of fruits, veggies,Continue reading “Hydration – No, Really”