Growing Wiser

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Emotional awareness is a sign of growing maturity. We all need to learn to control impulses to act before we examine facts and issues. And, the earlier we learn how to control our… Continue reading

Happiness Doesn’t Come with a Dollar Sign

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Did you know that one of the many downsides of pursuing happiness is that people who think it is rooted in financial success may end up worse off than when they started?

Meditation Simplification

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Learning how to meditate is not difficult. Meditation is about breathing and being and coming alive. Just sit quietly in any upright position with a straight spine, and follow your out breath, without… Continue reading

Friends and Lovers

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Ask almost anyone what the ingredients for a happy enduring relationship are and they will put romantic love at the top of the list.  Along with it will come a laundry list of… Continue reading

Seize the Moment Surrender the Outcome

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New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being easy to break but don’t ever let breaking a promise to yourself stop you from beginning again. Each and every moment offers an opportunity to start… Continue reading

Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy

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I’ve been feeling so good about the way I’ve been taking care of my business and by that I mean my health and happiness.  That’s not to say that making a living isn’t… Continue reading

Doing Less, Producing More, Feeling Great

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I have finally learned a life lesson I have failed to learn many times before.  Being productive isn’t about doing more. Being productive is about doing less and doing what I choose to… Continue reading

Head Start on Heart Health

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It’s never too early to start thinking about how to reduce your risk of a heart attack and stroke. Women have unique health needs, and most diseases affect women differently than men. There’s… Continue reading

A Flash of Lightning

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Six months of remaining in a toxic group environment while saying nothing must mean something, right? Once again, I did not make a healthy choice right away. I hung in there for half… Continue reading

Herbal Teas for You and Me

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Caffeine sensitivity varies from person to person depending on metabolism and the amount consumed but some people like me experience nervousness and stomach upset when drinking it. Those are just two reasons why herbal teas are a better beverage choice for me.

Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live

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Volunteers make the good things in the world go round. Every act of goodwill creates a strong multiplier effect that everyone benefits from.  Finding a volunteer position that will allow you to contribute… Continue reading

Half the truth is no truth at all

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Here’s a brief gardening analogy I will use to introduce what I’m about to share with my readers. If we recognize that positively focused people are like fertilizer and rain that helps us… Continue reading

Life Lessons: Aparigraha (non-grasping)

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I am as far as one can get from being an urban yoga practitioner. My husband and I choose to live a life of voluntary simplicity in a semi remote location. We waste… Continue reading

Re-energizing After a Lay-Off

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Everyone is familiar with energy drain. Researchers are studying the links between what we eat, how we work and live and how we feel.  There are different kinds of fatigue and different ways… Continue reading

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

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Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to… Continue reading

Time Keeps on Ticking into the Future

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Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. Our attitudes to time and the way we use it, reveals much about our… Continue reading

The Power of the Smile

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There are hundreds of different variations of smiles expressing the full range of human emotion.  From Charles Darwin’s  facial expressions interpretations to Stanford University’s “Happiness” class — smile scholars have puzzled over the… Continue reading

Fibromyalgia: Closer to a Biomarker

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Molecular biological markers, or biomarkers, are biological molecules found in blood, other body fluids, or tissues that are a sign of a normal or abnormal process, or of a condition or disease. A… Continue reading

Seeking Happiness: Focus on Relationships

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The Oxford Happiness Inventory and a battery of personality measures were completed by 171 subjects. The results showed predicted positive correlations for happiness with satisfaction with life, self-esteem, and sociability and negative correlations… Continue reading

Companions in the Garden

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 Gardening is close to the soul and we are heart-sick at the prospect of a world without bees,  so gardeners are focusing on companion planting vegetables with herbs and flowers that attract bees… Continue reading

Forbidden Foods for Fibromyalgia

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People with fibromyalgia need to take extra care to eat well. It’s important to eat more raw fruits and vegetables because they contain enzymes that assist digestion, and are full of antioxidants and phytochemicals that help boost the immune system.

Making Mandalas: A Magical Process

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Are you a doodler? Have you ever drawn mandalas ?  I had a very busy week full of medical and laboratory appointments and I spent hours traveling between them. While sitting in waiting… Continue reading

Art Therapy Abstracts: The Depths

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My paintings are a result of releasing and expressing deep emotions and most are the products of flow experiences. I’m in art therapy painting abstracts with others who also suffer from PTSD.  I’m… Continue reading

Are your cosmetics hazardous to your health?

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Pervasive and persuasive advertising cosmetics industry campaigns have created a highly lucrative and growing market for anti-aging and presumed beauty creating products. There’s also cross-over marketing that targets beauty product consumers by purporting such products can do much for their health. But is that true?

Good Vibrations or Brain Plasticity?

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Law of Attraction people advise us to raise our vibrations. They believe we are are able to create the things you want including health and wealth by broadcasting our good vibrations into the… Continue reading

I Love Container Gardening

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I’m a container gardener and I grow vegetables, herbs, berries, and flowers in a wide array of containers on my deck for both culinary use and medicinal use as well. Even if you… Continue reading

No Broken Links

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I apologize for the waffling and inconvenience of broken links that visitors experienced these last few days but when I got bad news about my health I over-reacted. Right now, I’m well and… Continue reading

Reconsideration

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After some deep thinking and discussion with those close to me I have decided to renew the domain mapping upgrade and the no-ads upgrade on this blog.

Gratitude and Abundance

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Stephen Covey’s self help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was a life changing read for me. Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality or abundance mindset. It is a concept… Continue reading

Back to the drawing board

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I’m busy reviewing 7 years of published posts in this blog post by post and link by link. My aim is to complete a major blog renovation before my working life comes to… Continue reading

Parting is sweet sorrow

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Due to some serious health issues that you can read about in my blogging tips blog I have not been posting to this blog. I am leaving regular blogging behind and there will… Continue reading

Affirmations and Neuroplasticity

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Have you tried benefiting from applying neuroplasticity through practicing the power of reciting affirmations? Reciting affirmations ie. positive statements to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through life has a long history… Continue reading

Loving Lentils

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I have used lentils to make Dahl Soup and lentils in salads for years, but then I ate a great Lentil Lemon Soup my friend made and asked for the recipe, and now… Continue reading

In Praise of Urban Farming

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After World War II urban planning separated farming and city living. Cities became food deserts overshadowed by high rises; family farms were replaced by factory farms. As time passed awareness about what we… Continue reading

Celebrating Strawberries

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Fresh, flavorful locally harvested foods are available at the Farmer’s Market in May and June. A variety of crops harvested in fall (squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs, mushrooms) and winter (kale, radishes,… Continue reading

Blogging Companions

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Some bloggers post cat pictures. I like cats but none, not a single one, is as photogenic as my three dogs are. So take a peek at the King of Cute and eat… Continue reading

Asparagus Flan or Crepes with Maltaise Sauce

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It was spring of 1989. It was a Monday, the first day of the merry month of May. While hubby did the grocery shopping I sat on a bench in the mall leafing… Continue reading

Spring Colors

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Starting Over

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I thought my last project was complete, but the first deadline on the 15th wasn’t the end – it became a new beginning. The challenge will now be presenting the same material from… Continue reading

Creamy Dungeness Crab, Spinach and Pepper Spread

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The sun is shining and I’m feeling fabulous. Tonight I’ll be with friends at our Friday finger food night where I’ll share my famous creamy crab spread and rye bread. But now I’m… Continue reading

Too Many Choices

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Each person’s well being is a result of how they view the outcomes of the major decisions they have made in their life to date. Our happiness is affected by success or failure… Continue reading

Nuclear Power: When will we ever learn?

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March 11th was the anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region, which was triggered by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. That… Continue reading

A Beautiful Life

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Maslow believed that beauty is a value that guides one’s growth toward self-actualization, and that peak experiences in self-actualized individuals often include perceiving the world as beautiful. – How To Appreciate Beauty –… Continue reading

Springing Forward

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March came in like a Snow Lion but the snow and cold didn’t last for long. A few days after the power was restored we replaced our parkas and toques with raincoats and… Continue reading

Let it Snow

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The Gulf Islands are a chain of islands located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. From the air in summer time the 13 major islands and  450 smaller islands look like emeralds… Continue reading

Scrumptious Avocado Pate

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Fiesta Friday is sponsored by The Novice Gardener and this is my first submission. I have to be careful about what I eat see: Forbidden Foods for Fibromyalgia but luckily avocados aren’t at… Continue reading

Butt Out and Live Longer

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When I made the decision take better care of myself ie. to love myself I made several changes. The most important thing I could do to improve my health was quitting smoking. Butting… Continue reading

Not Tonight Darlin

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He was passed out cold and snoring. She slept fitfully, tossing and turning while repacking her backpack again and again in her fragmented dreams, until she tossed the covers aside.

Individuality and Compassionate Connection

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Time and conscious experience of spaciousness give us perspective, an opportunity to become observers of our “self”. We tend to think to think our self is unchanging despite the fact that change is… Continue reading

Spontaneus Creativity in a Small Package

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The little girl with braided hair was last to enter the room after the bell rang. She joined the others who circled the teacher’s position,  watching attentively over her shoulders as she wet… Continue reading

The Five Agreements and Netiquette

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In The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz reveals everything we do is based on agreements and provides and inspirational code for living an authentic life. In The Fifth Agreement Ruiz teaches how to discern… Continue reading

New Eyes

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I do have draft posts in development for both blogs but I’m having some difficulty adjusting to my new glasses, as opposed to getting them adjusted, which I’ll do later today. I didn’t… Continue reading

Coping with Change

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Change and death are essential elements of life itself but we instinctively resist both. There are numerous reasons for resistance to change be it either unexpected or expected and they are rooted in… Continue reading

From Ridiculous to Ubiquitous

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Are you nurturing a ridiculous idea that could be the lead to a successful venture? Some ideas seem brilliant at first but don’t pan out, while others seem wacky and wind up making… Continue reading

Timeless Topics

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I have created a new category called Timeless topics for visual posts with minimal text like this example: Applause Time After Time. All posts will be aimed to provide inspiration for those, who… Continue reading

Applause Time After Time

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The last note was a blue note and silence filled the room for 40 seconds when the sound of applause burst like a bomb. The audience rose to their feet with right arms… Continue reading

Farewell 2013 – Welcome 2014

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This year my annual stats report from WordPress.com didn’t hold any huge surprises but that’s not to say I did not smile when I read: “Some of your most popular posts were written… Continue reading

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays Whichever ones apply: Jewish, Christian, Pagan, secular! People of goodwill aren’t particular. At our indoor Winter Solstice celebration year we have a “peace tree” or, if you prefer, a “wishes tree”.

Homemade Greeting Cards

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Have you ever tried making your own greetings cards? I’ve been making homemade greeting cards for years and each year I rise to the challenge to try new materials and new styles of… Continue reading

Canada Post Delivers Lump of Coal for Christmas

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Letter volumes are down and online bill payment billing has replaced most snail mail payments, but Canada Post’s financial situation is not as dire as one might think, so the plan to cut… Continue reading

Like Frost in the Sun

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Last April I joined an online group that split into two factions within a week of being formed. Some said the problem was personality clashes. Others said it was religious intolerance. I believe… Continue reading

Thinking Pink? Think Twice

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Breast cancer is scary. It’s the second leading cause of cancer in women. Scarier still are the corporate-funded campaigns and government complicity in the pervasive pinkwashing that’s featured every October, National Breast Cancer… Continue reading

Buddhist Peace Chant

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Hanshan Temple; literally “Cold Mountain Temple”, is a Buddhist temple and monastery in Suzhou, China. Built in the Liang period (502-557) of the Southern Dynasty Hanshan Temple was originally named Miaolipumingta. The temple… Continue reading

No to Unsolicited Requests of All Kinds

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This summer my content creation took a downturn due to events in my offline life, including a summer full of visitors, a productive container garden harvest, a steady flow of contracted work, a… Continue reading

Mysterious Starfish Die-Off

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When most people think of sea stars, I don’t think  they comprehend that they are rapacious predators scouring the seabed, forcing their stomachs out of their bodies and eating almost everything in sight,… Continue reading

Sixteen Rules to Live By Revisited

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These are excellent tips for starting to live the life you want to live right now.