Nurturing Creative Thinking in Challenging Times

  “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook   “Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” ~ Edward de Bono Our ability to be creative has been called upon so much during these times when everything is different, changing and unpredictable. It’s required for each of us to navigate daily life. And it’s absolutely necessary for… Continue reading

The Art of Allowing – When Everything is Topsy-Turvy

2020 so far has been topsy-turvy for all of us. So much has changed, so much is uncertain. For some of us it’s disastrous in terms of income, housing and of course health. There is a wide spectrum between those most severely impacted and those who are affected in less extreme ways. But every single person is affected. As someone noted, “We’re all in the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat.” We… 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