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I love gathering and curating ideas and resources that enhance and enrich life. With the ever-expanding amount of information we have access to, finding what may be applicable to us can be overwhelming.  It can be very helpful to have someone do the research, gather information and share what they found on a topic.  Most of the topics being explored here can be of interest and useful to people of all ages. Click on “Start… Continue reading

Summer Superfood Smoothies For Health And Energy

Summer is winding down, but warm weather continues for many areas. I have noticed my early summer focus on healthy eating has diminished. Perhaps you have also. This is a good time to re-look at some options and boost our health and energy as we move into fall with all of its unique 2020 challenges. If you’d like to refresh your memory of options of summer superfoods and what they offer, I wrote about them… Continue reading

Dixie, Stephen Foster and the Song Track of Our Childhoods

    “I wish I was in de land oh cotton, old times dar am not forgotten, Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land. In Dixie Land whar I was born in, Early on one frosty mornin’, Look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land! Den I wish I was in Dixie, Hooray, Hooray!  In Dixie Land I’ll take my stand to lib and die in Dixie.Away, away, away down south in Dixie….” I picture… Continue reading

10 Minute Tasks – a Way to Break Through Overwhelm Fog

Do you ever experience overwhelm fog – kind of like brain fog? I certainly do, especially at times when things are so uncertain, when it’s hard to plan, and when there are so many things to manage that are different from what we are used to. You may have used a variety of systems to manage all the parts of your life – home, school, work, volunteer commitments, personal care and development, family obligations of… Continue reading

Ways to Use Five Healing Spices to Boost Your Immune System

In a previous post, A Spicy Approach to Staying Healthy, I introduced five healing spices that are likely in your cupboard and that can help keep your immune system strong. How can we use turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cumin, and cloves to make a difference in our health? Here are some suggestions for using each. How to Use Turmeric You can choose to use either the ground powder or the fresh turmeric root. The powder… Continue reading

A Spicy Approach to Staying Healthy

As we continue during a time of pandemic, our concern about not being infected by the COVID-19 virus persists and grows. We know the actions that will decrease our chances of that happening from our public health officials. Generally boosting our immune system is critical even more than usual to ensure our general health and wellness. We need to keep our bodies strong, address deficiencies and be able to ward off other illnesses and conditions… Continue reading

Are You A Worrier? Managing Worry In Difficult Times, Part II

 “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”  ― Corrie Ten Boom Many of us consider worry a given.  It may be, as a friend often says, “Worrying about my children and grandchildren is a mother’s job. It’s what we do.” Or it may be accepting it as part of… Continue reading

ARE YOU A WORRIER? MANAGING WORRY IN DIFFICULT TIMES, PART I

Do you find yourself worrying a lot these days? It may be related to the broad effects of the pandemic or to the specific effects on our personal lives. When there is great uncertainty, worry multiplies. Worry is a word that we use a lot. Let’s use this definition as a base: to give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.  As a noun, worry is a state… Continue reading

Dealing With Our Fear In Times of Great Uncertainty

Fear is a strong word. Sometimes we can admit we are fearful of things. Other times we couch it in terms like concern, trepidation, unease, apprehensiveness, or dread. Whatever you name it, there are plenty of things that may fall into these categories in this year of uncertainty and change. It may have to do with employment and income, care of children and their educational arrangements, health and recovery, family relationships affected by limitations of… Continue reading

Nature and Fractals Reduce Overwhelm and Stress

Many of us have times of overwhelm and stress during these times of uncertainty. It may be only sporadic or more pervasive. Overwhelm is the consistent state of feeling in over your head, overburdened, and unable to sustain manageable control over the various expectations in your day. It has a domino effect. Usually beginning in one area of life, it can extend to all areas as the body begins to fatigue from the chronic stress.… Continue reading

Creatively Planning for a Season With Many Unknowns

As we move into the official summer months of 2020, our normal anticipation is drastically changed. Things that we typically spend time doing, whether for adults or children, may be cancelled or modified – or still have unknown status.  Plans we had made or things we anticipated doing are questionable or changed. Some things that are available may not feel safe yet. And things could revert back to more restrictions if the infection rates rise… Continue reading