Tough Love

Warning: this is not my typical post.  It may be hard to read.  It was certainly difficult to write.  I don’t want to believe what I’m about to share.  But I do.  I must.  We all must. Global warming is changing us.  We occasionally recognize it in the form of severe flooding, a killer heatContinue reading “Tough Love”

What Do You Mean “Holistic?”

If you are a tag reader like I am, you may have noticed all my posts include the word holistic. You may understand the concept, but my idea of it encompasses more than what’s normally considered.  For that reason, I’d like to take the opportunity to explain.  First, I want to share a definition fromContinue reading “What Do You Mean “Holistic?””

5 Jewels of Imagination

I’m just finishing the book Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, by John O’Donohue, who was an Irish poet, author, priest, philosopher, and environmental activist.  His writings contain some of the most elegant, soul-stirring, thought-provoking prose I’ve read.  It’s hard to believe I’m just now reading him for the first time. The human soul is hungry forContinue reading “5 Jewels of Imagination”

Five Life-Changing Gifts of Travel

Learning about new cultures is fascinating to me. I love hiking and biking new landscapes, towns, and villages. It’s thrilling to see with my own eyes the ancient structures first glimpsed in the textbook of my college Renaissance Art and Architecture class. And the people I’ve met couldn’t have been nicer.

5 Ways to Reduce the Stress You Didn’t Know You Have

Stress – it’s everywhere – in much of what we do, see, hear, and read.  Most of us think of stress as an external circumstance that affects us in a detrimental manner.  But we can have a lot of self-inflicted stress, as well, that can be just as harmful. In a past post (Nature Interrupted),Continue reading “5 Ways to Reduce the Stress You Didn’t Know You Have”

Can the 6 Tastes Improve Your Health?

This is my third post on Ayurveda, a health system that originated thousands of years ago and is still in use by over 75% of the populations of India and Nepal. This approach to wellness is holistic in its entirety; emphasis is placed on finding and maintaining balance of mind, body, spirit, & environment. MyContinue reading “Can the 6 Tastes Improve Your Health?”

5 Reasons to Become a Master Gardener

Back in the fall, I took an online Master Gardener class through the Cooperative Extension of the University of Arizona.  (I think I mentioned it to some of you.)  My goal was to learn to grow flowers and veggies here in Northern Arizona.  For years I’ve tried and failed in this lovely high desert environmentContinue reading “5 Reasons to Become a Master Gardener”

Need a Reason to Get Away? Here You Go!

Do you remember vacations as a kid?  I can recall living for vacations.  My family would always go to the Gulf of Mexico and stay in a motel on Florida’s Panhandle.  We traveled to Flarda, as it’s pronounced in the South, to swim, lie in the sun, play in the surf, and deep sea fish. Continue reading “Need a Reason to Get Away? Here You Go!”

Healing Made Simple

I recently listened to a podcast in which Dr. Zach Bush, an MD specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care, was interviewed.  The subject was healing the mind, body, & spirit, and Dr. Bush, who is also well-versed on the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, addressed it with his typicalContinue reading “Healing Made Simple”

8 Quick Morning Practices to Supercharge You for the Day Ahead

I remember well the morning rituals of my days working in an office. Jump out of bed, no time for breakfast, shower & dress, and rush to work, often arriving flustered & grumpy, feelings which could linger for hours.  At the time, it felt as though there was nothing I could do about it, asContinue reading “8 Quick Morning Practices to Supercharge You for the Day Ahead”