National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to educate about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.  As a result you can find a lot of information about yoga this month online. Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years.  Yoga is quite popular in the United States with nearly 11 million people nationally practicing yoga.  Most westernized yoga classes focus on physical poses, called … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Physical – Change Starts Today!

Today I started the "Let's Get Physical" weight loss challenge. I will be participating along with about 40 other women - most of whom I have never met. Over the next 8 weeks we will become a community striving to meet a common goal - to get fit and lose some weight in the process. During the challenge I will strive to reset my "lifestyle" and work toward being more healthy and fit. I hope to lose 15  pounds and to do so in a way that will enable me to keep it off. I am not looking at this as … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday

It has been pretty hot the past couple of weeks so we have been eating a lot of salads and sandwiches for dinner.  Not a lot of actual cooking has been going on in my house. My organic farm box came Thursday and included a variety of vegetables.  I looked in the refrigerator to see what else might be hanging around and discovered that I still had half a jar of homemade tomato sauce.  I challenged myself to come up with something new to cook for dinners this week that did not require turning … [Read more...]

Be Kinder Than Necessary

Over the past week or so people have seemed crabby, mean and inconsiderate.  I have experienced it myself and have heard of others who have had similar experiences.  For example:  the other day a woman behind me honked angrily and repeatedly at me because I stopped to let someone who was in the cross walk finish crossing the street before I turned; yesterday a woman honked, screamed and acted as if she was going to run into my friend and I in the drive through at McDonald's (don't panic, we were … [Read more...]

iPhonography

I am just back from attending Blogher12 in New York City.  The city was amazing and the conference was fabulous.  One of the sessions that I attended and enjoyed a great deal had to do with iPhonography. iPhonography is the art of creating photos with an Apple iPhone.  I am an amateur photographer and I always have my iPhone with me so iPhonography is something that is very relevant for me. The quality of the camera on recent models of the iPhone is amazingly good - so good that it rivals stand … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tomato Sauce

My dad grows amazing tomatoes in his garden every year. He coaxes them to life in little containers, often in the living room, until they are old and strong enough to move outside into the cruel Southern California weather. He waters and tends them with care until they are beautiful thriving plants with gorgeous red tomatoes, and then he promptly gets into his RV and takes off with my Mother for the summer before he can truly enjoy all of the fruits of his labor. More tomatoes for me! I love my … [Read more...]

Wardrobe Treasure Hunting at the Goodwill

I love clothes, I love a bargain and I love companies that employ people who are differently abled. It would follow that I would be a big fan of Goodwill Industries. While I have faithfully donated to the Goodwill over the years, I only went there to shop when I was in need of a Halloween Costume or a gag gift. Recently my friend Jessica asked me if I wanted to attend a shopping event with her called "Goodwill Hunting" hosted by Nicole Longstreath.  I said "sure, why not!" and so began my … [Read more...]

Simple and Quick Recipes

During the summer I am all about keeping it simple when it comes to cooking.  I also like to use fresh and fun ingredients.  I want my food to taste like summer.  This past week I put together a couple of dishes that taste like summer to me.  Give them a try to see what you think. Tropical Oatmeal Serves 4 Oats Coconut Milk 1/4 cup dried, flaked coconut 2 chopped bananas 1/8 cup chopped macadamia nuts (or other nuts) Follow directions on oatmeal to make 4 servings substituting … [Read more...]

The Power of The Song

I have been a board certified music therapist for nearly 20 years so one might think that I wouldn't be surprised by the power of music, but sometimes I am. I am currently in an administrative position so I don't often get the opportunity to use music or music therapy in my day to day work.  I think this contributes to my not remembering how powerful music can be. Recently I had the honor of working with a music therapist in providing music for a client who was at the end of her life. We set a … [Read more...]

Cautionary Tale For Dog Owners

  It is strange how sometimes things that shouldn't happen do and they have a more far-reaching impact than it would initially seem.    The size of the impact is  not always proportionate to the size of the event.  Today a small dog made a big impact on many people.  Hopefully something good will come out of this event and will prevent a similar one from happening in the future. This afternoon my sister, my two nieces (ages 9 and 12) and my mother took their dogs to a dog park in Seal … [Read more...]