New Year

This will be short, friends: I am in the process of realigning my life. Although that's a process that never stops as we learn and grow, I'm working on a major reset. Pieces have been falling into place since late 2019, but the puzzle is not yet complete.  In addition to my personal BIG PICTURE,… Continue reading New Year

Thanksgiving: A Celebration for All Americans

In recent years, the celebration of a national Thanksgiving Day has been overlooked or even disdained by many who don’t understand its history and fundamental purpose. As we close out Thanksgiving week 2020 - in the midst of CoVid lockdowns and other restrictions -  this story of the small group of English who arrived at… Continue reading Thanksgiving: A Celebration for All Americans

Vote!

Voting is a high privilege. It is the fundamental way in which citizens of a country (where it is allowed) express their preferences for representatives and initiatives. In the United States, we have primary, general, and special elections, so there are usually opportunities to vote for someone or something at least once a year! For… Continue reading Vote!

Sunlight and Health

This year’s concerns about the spread of CoVid-19 even during the summer months has caused many people to get less exposure to direct sunlight than they normally would. If you have been spending most or all of your time away from direct sunlight, you may have noticed that your ability to stay upbeat and focused… Continue reading Sunlight and Health

Adrenals

Each person has two adrenal glands, one on top of each kidney. Each gland has two parts: the cortex (outer section), which is responsible for the production of cortisone; and the medulla (central section), which secretes adrenaline. These small glands also secrete several hormones that are critical to our well-being and optimal energy levels. Adrenaline… Continue reading Adrenals

Watermelon

Happy Independence Day weekend to all! This all-American holiday always reminds me of picnics and gatherings of family and friends. By association, there are few foods that say SUMMER to me more than watermelon. I have loved the taste and juiciness of it since I was a little child. My grandmother used to make watermelon… Continue reading Watermelon

Allergies

Allergies are immune reactions to environmental allergens or foods. Some of the most common symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, hives, headaches/sinus pressure, and digestive distress. Reactions can be situational, seasonal, or chronic depending on the root cause. Beyond just temporary discomfort, allergies can result in health conditions as varied as acne, rheumatoid arthritis,… Continue reading Allergies

Control Your Emotions with Ease

Many people around the world have just gone through a few months of lockdown due a novel coronavirus. As we begin to rebuild, let’s make sure that any physical and emotional stressors that may have built up – and may be continuing or even increasing - are addressed. I am not a medical professional, but… Continue reading Control Your Emotions with Ease

Pesto

What do think of when you think of pesto? Probably a beautifully thick, green, intensely flavored mixture of basil, garlic, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, olive oil, salt, and pine nuts. For me, pesto is both a magical foodie ingredient and a fabulous way to preserve herbs and other fine greens. I hope that this post… Continue reading Pesto

Basil

When I first started using essential oils, I heard a story about a woman who had only a bottle of Basil oil and used it for everything for an entire year before she moved on to other oils. At the time, I wondered if that could really be true. This post covers only some of… Continue reading Basil