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Don’t Just Stand There, Do Something!

     In the early 1980's I used to work for the YWCA in Richmond, VA, my initiation into the women's movement and learning to take a stand on women's rights. I worked in the Women's Advocacy Program that provided services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. My own awakening began as I dipped my toe into the reality...[ read more ]

Trail Magic

     What do you get when you blend a seasoned guide; 12 novice female backpackers; 30 pound backpacks (including a few luxury items); 100+ continuous hours in nature; sunlit tree canopies; starry skies; fierce rain, thunder & lightening; campfires; bearscat pudding & lots of chocolate; a magical fairy forest; nurse trees; interesting thru hikers such as XL, Stoke, Legolas, Kyle,...[ read more ]

Do You Do The Yoga

Another snow day. Drove through the wintry mix to teach class this morning and no one showed. Always a good thing to take cues from mother nature, stay put and go inward. Instead of being irritated I chose to “do the yoga”. Had the entire room to myself. My practice now feels like a favorite piece of clothing, well worn...[ read more ]

With a Grateful Heart Cont’d

“You Can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need”    -          Mick Jagger Grab a cuppa, a cozy wrap and hang the do not disturb sign up so you can settle in on this cold winter day to read a little story, my love story.........[ read more ]

The Big Reframe

How we look at life is learned and can be unlearned. Developing practices that expand awareness and observation skills such as yoga or meditation can help strengthen this ability. Simply recognizing that there’s a forest beyond the trees is helpful as well. Perception changes everything. And the cool thing is we get to choose which lens we look through or...[ read more ]

“As Above, So Below….

...as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul..." says ancient Greek sage Hermes Trismegistus. I have heard this saying many times over the years and again recently in the movie Origins, a documentary on our environmental health. It simply refers to the delicate symbiotic relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm or in other words, the planet and...[ read more ]

With A Grateful Heart

   “When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, FAITH is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.”   - Barbara Winter On October 13th I will be celebrating...[ read more ]

Buried Treasure

     No I'm not talking about precious gems, coins or fossil fuels. Just plain, clean, refreshing spring water. I had heard about this spring months ago but finding it was put on the back burner due to family obligations (like preparing for my daughter's wedding!). My interest in the spring rekindled itself so on a recent sunny, late summer morning,...[ read more ]

Happy Feet

      No I don't mean the movie with animated penguins. I mean truly happy tootsies after giving mine lots of attention last week. My first treat was a clinical reflexology treatment with wonder worker Jedidiah Smith at The Center For Holistic Wellness & Anti Aging Center. As he explained to me, reflexology is different from a foot rub. Practitioners train...[ read more ]

Something Old, Something New: Mother of the Bride Musings

     On a recent July morning I woke up to a beautiful balmy, sunny day. As I walked out onto my deck to greet the day I closed my eyes and stuck my nose up to take a sniff. A memory washed over me from 7 weeks ago when my eldest daughter, Sarah, said her ‘I do’s’ to her beloved....[ read more ]



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