The Magic of Spring

Saturday March 26, 2016 comments Tags: body/mind balance, destress, rejuvenation, self care

Ah, spring, that beautiful season of rebirth and renewal. The dormancy of winter is over its muted blanket the fertilizer for regeneration and growth of new life. Nature abounds with activity. My blue yucca is in full bloom, providing within its spiny palms a secure fortress for the annual nesting of a pair of cactus wrens. Each morning the mates come forth and gather materials from the nearby shrubs to line the bed for their clutch. The birds work methodically, attending to the task at hand. When a lurking cat ventures forward with the... Read More

Essence of Life of Another Kind

Friday March 18, 2016 comments Tags: brain benefits, exercise, fun, health benefits of movement, movement

Air and water are necessary for life. Without them, it doesn't take long before you're dead: three minutes without air, and a week to 10 days without water, on average. Your body/mind starts sending warning signals way before you get close to either. There is another essence of life for humans that when diminished may not kill you quickly, but certainly can cause a slow death either functionally or in your outlook on life. That Essence of Life is Movement. As humans, we are designed to move. Every one of our systems is predicated upon... Read More

Happy Leap Day 2016

Monday February 29, 2016 comments Tags: living a joyful life, opportunity, time

Today's Google doodle got me thinking about the whole Leap Year/Leap Day thing. Maybe it's because I've crossed 50. Maybe it's because it feels like time is speeding up with technology's influence. (Or maybe both:) In any case, I am much more aware of the value of my time - how I plan it, how I spend it, and how I enjoy it. The original reason for Leap Year was mathematic. It's the Gregorian calendar's way of rounding.It actually takes 365 days 5 hours and 48 minutes and 46 seconds for the earth to revolve around the sun, and they needed... Read More

Pandemic of the 21st Century

Friday February 19, 2016 comments Tags: busyness, overwhelm, stress

Pandemic of the 21st Century

The obelisk of ancient times stood motionless, the sun's rays crossed its form and recording of the day began. Astronomers looked at the stars and their astral positions gave night its timely increments. In 1500 B.C., the obelisk evolved into the sundial and the spectrum from sunrise to sunrise became segmented into twenty-four hours. For over twenty-one centuries humans have had twenty-four hours in each day. How is it that time seems to have sped up to such a degree that the resounding human response to the query "how are you?" is not... Read More

The Real Price of Being a Slacker

Thursday January 28, 2016 comments

The crew finally arrived at my door. Juan, the lead man apologized for their tardiness, three hours later than scheduled. Although not otherwise inconvenienced, the delay stirred serious doubts about whether I hired the right company for the job. It was clear he was a seasoned artisan and brick was his medium. Juan listened closely as I described the shape and feel I pictured.I wanted the path to be a meandering flow to my front door warmly welcoming guests to my home. We discussed the right width for comfort and the flow of the... Read More

Intentions Without Action Are Meaningless Part 2

Thursday January 7, 2016 comments

Intentions without action can also be costly and inconvenient. It only took one day to get the new phone. But it took three trips over four days, three different cable shipments, and the skill and persistence of an exceptional technology wizard named Mike Alger to restore my life's schedule - my calendar. Although I had previously been in this store several times precisely to get the phone calendar to sync with Google calendar, he and I had never crossed paths. Through use of a mouse and a monitor Mike figured out how to remotely... Read More

Intentions Without Action Are Meaningless Part 1

Saturday January 2, 2016 comments Tags: cell phone withdrawal, technology challenged

It was going to be a full back-to-back kind of day, and I was prepared and ready. I had an appointment, then three conference calls one after the other before returning to my office. Since I was going to be out, I had my laptop, my headset, my phone; I was good to go. Phone in one hand, the other occupied by my tea mug and keys I turned to leave the salon to make my first call. And then, my phone slipped. In what felt like slow motion, my lifeline to business and the world bobbled three times in and just out of my... Read More

Good Bye Pain, Hello Life

Friday January 1, 2016 comments

With billions around the globe cheering it on, the clock ticked down to midnight. In a split second December 31, 2015 became January 1, 2016 and with it, the feeling of new possibilities awoke. What is it about the birth of a new year that causes us to celebrate? It is an opportunity to release the old and embrace the new. There is a sense of hope that things can be better, that life can be better. But how do we seize that opportunity and make it a reality? It starts with a decision to release what no longer serves us. ... Read More