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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sorbets and Sherbets: Sensational Iced Summer Desserts

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Sorbets and Sherbets are two sensational iced summer desserts with a vegetarian difference. Both are made with the same base ingredients ie. puréed fruits, sugar and water, but Sherbets can also contain milk,… Continue reading

Life on hold

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July 30st, 2013- My life is on hold as I wait to get into a doctor’s appointment. I’m in excruciating pain again. It seems to be the same pain accompanied by the same… Continue reading

Crops in Posts

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Whose eyes don’t feast on a stunning array of colorful flowers? Who doesn’t love the fragrance and flavors of the many plants that can be grown on balconies, decks and in other small… Continue reading

Heart Rose Meditation Redux

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It’s a year since the loss of my brother and my friend. When loving-kindness practice matures compassion deepens. This article contains some inspiring quotations and a very simple and beautiful loving kindness meditation… 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.

Everyday Meditation: Blue Sky Mind

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Meditation is becoming aware of the vital stillness and hearing within that stillness. It is the stillness that’s naturally present before you become attached to thoughts and things; before you identify with thought-feeling-reaction.… Continue reading

Take care of what’s between your ears

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A genius is a talented person who has an exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.  It’s those who transcend boundaries such as those of the time and space continuum and provide… Continue reading

Revisiting Atisha’s Wisdom

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While I’m still packing and sending off books to the free store there are two more I have decided to keep. I’d like to share what they are with you. There are 21… Continue reading

Weeds and the Labyrinth

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Spring is definitely here and our little dogs are enjoying being able to come and go from outdoors to indoors as the weather is balmy and the slider is open. Truth be told… Continue reading

Health and Wellness Update

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I’m looking forward to a stress free future.  My plan to elevate my moods by retraining my brain and remaining mindful is working very well. Mindfulness points to being aware of and attentive… Continue reading

Happiness is Spring

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April has come and gone in a flurry of activity. The theme of the month was the title of this post. You can train your brain to become happier and that’s my intention.… 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

Healthy Snacks for Kids by Kids

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As most of the diseases humans of all ages suffer from are self-inflicted and many of them are “food – centered”, parents/caregivers and kids making lunches and snacks together is preventative medicine. Taking… Continue reading

Still catching up

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We to connect and communicate and we do that in comments. Sadly, I’m far behind in answering comments and owe those waiting a heartfelt apology.  I am so sorry and hope you do… Continue reading

Children Do What They See Done

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Nature is the overbearing factor in our behavior but nurture also has a role that cannot be neglected. Early exposure to violence, combined with poverty and abuse can shape our attitudes and behavior… 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

Vibrancy and Saturation in Abstractions

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I’ve been exploring the difference between vibrancy and saturation in digital abstracts. Vibrant colors are very high on the scale of brightness. They are bright and striking colors that pulse with energy and suggest… Continue reading

The Great Compassion Mantra

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Understanding the concept of suffering helps us understand and develop compassion.  Suffering usually has a negative connotation yet it is a natural part of living, our cyclic existence, samsara, the cycle of birth… 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

A Difficult Week in Review

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Last week was typical week for me.  I was busy and productive and though I had to deal with several difficult people I was happy. I have resolved not to shun the so-called… Continue reading

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

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Even when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working… Continue reading

7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health

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Today’s nutrition message is ‘dump the junk; eat real food’.  I heard the call to eat healthy and enjoy life and acted on it.  Have you? Obesity, heart disease and strokes are prevalent. It’s… Continue reading

Cabin Renovation: Simple Green Living

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Thirty years ago my husband and I were city dwellers still spending most of our time working  for someone else.  Then we made a life changing decision, a decision to make our simple… Continue reading

The Spiritual Connectedness of Schizophrenia

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by Guest Author Jared Dealing with schizophrenia will put anyone who is diagnosed with the disorder on a long road to learning more about psychology, medication and themselves. 

Ani Choying Drolma: A Singing Nun With a Mission

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I am an admirer of Ani Choying Drolma, also known as Choying Drolma and Ani Choying.  She is a Buddhist nun and musician from the Nagi Gompa nunnery in Nepal. Throughout the world Ani… Continue reading