How to Get a Graceful-looking Back

How to Get a Graceful-looking Back

“The willpower of your brain and your personality is very, very important because you guide your body and little by little the muscles get stronger and then it gets easier!” ~Maia Helles, Russian Ballet Dancer ______________________________________________________________ I am of Northern European descent-the northern latitudes where the sun is weak. Family genetics mean we are prone to getting stooped posture, resulting in our spines rounding as we seemingly carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. My grandmother died from…

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I Bet You Didn’t Know…

I Bet You Didn’t Know…

A Perfect Little Day Today is February 19th–the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 315 days remaining until the end of the year (316 in leap years). But, what you probably didn’t know, is today is National Chocolate Mint Day!! Who even knew there was a designated day to celebrate this sweet, minty thing?  This day was chosen by the US National Confectioners Association as the day to observe minty chocolate goodness all day long.  A little…

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“We become aware of the void as we fill it.” ― Antonio Porchia

“We become aware of the void as we fill it.” ― Antonio Porchia

In this new year, one of my intentions is to be more present. In the book How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness; one of the chapters speaks of looking at the space between things. How many of us do this? Realizing I never do, I took the time to observe the other day, while I waited for my son to meet me for lunch. I noticed the space between the leaves of a Palo Verde tree—desert tree…

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“I now walk into the wild.” ― Jon Krakauer

“I now walk into the wild.” ― Jon Krakauer

I’m “rewilding” my life. At least for the next 30 days-well 25 days now, because I’ve rewilded for the past 5 days. What is rewilding you ask?  We Are Wildness, is promoting a challenge to unplug and get outside for the next 30 days for at least 30 minutes. I signed up and have yet to miss a day.  I’ve hiked the trails at San Tan Mountain and walked at a local park where many species of birds take residence. We are…

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You may be a redneck if… your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand. ~Jeff Foxworthy

You may be a redneck if… your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand. ~Jeff Foxworthy

Here in Arizona, as soon as the Christmas tree tents disappear, fireworks tents pop up in their place. Egads,  how I loathe the fireworks-for-sale tents. Sinister looking with would be pyromaniacs slinking inside to load hoards of fireworks into their shopping carts for tonight’s end of the year celebrations—or is it ringing in the new year? Whatever you want to call it, I am not a fan. Of the fireworks, that is. You see, I have horses.  And dogs. Horses…

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“No one has ever become poor by giving.”~Anne Frank

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”~Anne Frank

Joy given is returned merely by the act of giving. When given truly from a place of love, the heart overflows with joy. And the delighted recipient unknowingly sends love back and this is a beautiful thing. This Christmas, a gift we gave to a special family was a gift given back; tenfold in the feel good category. Giving is contagious. Try it–if for no other reason, but to experience the high of giving. Here are five ways you can make a…

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People are either born hosts or born guests. Max Beerbohm

People are either born hosts or born guests. Max Beerbohm

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite…

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