Kathleen Gramzay Blog

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


Make Spring Projects Easier On Yourself

Friday March 11, 2016 comments Tags: gardening, self care tips for gardening, stretches for gardening

Ahh, Spring, the time for rejuvenation of all kinds. After the winter and the frosts it's time to clean up the yard, plant beautiful flowers and soak up the sunshine in comfortable temperatures. Before you dig in, here are some tips to make it easier on you. While the beautiful weather can motivate us to get off the couch and on to some of those outdoor projects, it's important to remember that 8 hours in the yard pulling weeds, shoveling, planting or painting can take their toll on your body. Remember these tips: 1. Be smart before you... 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


Your New Best Friend for Allergy Relief or Sinus Infections

Friday February 26, 2016 comments Tags: allergies, allergy relief, sinus infections

This week I've seen a number of people with red watery eyes, stuffed up or runny noses. It looks like allergies are kicking in early. So if you haven't made this acquaintance yet, I'd like to introduce you to your new best friend for Spring - the neti pot. It is hard to appreciate the glory of Spring when every time you step out the door your eyes are watering or a cascade of sneezes starts. One way to relieve allergies without medication is by using a neti pot. What is that? It is a small, ceramic little teapot designed for flushing... 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


Essence of Life - Water

Friday February 12, 2016 comments

The scene opens and the camera pans across the scorched, dry, barren earth. The man's skin is equally dry and blistered, his mouth dry, his tongue swollen. His lips and tongue are as cracked as the ground he is treading. His aching head swims with dizziness, barely allowing him to think or eyes to focus on the path before him. He works to sweep his tongue around his mouth to create some saliva, but there is none forthcoming. Although walking for several days, he has no urge to urinate for there is no fluid to pass. His pounding heart belies... Read More


WARNING: LOW BATTERY!

Thursday February 4, 2016 comments

The red light comes on and the scramble begins - where's that charger or outlet? In airports and crowded public spaces, we vie for the coveted position closest to the three-pronged resuscitator of modern life. Perhaps otherwise reluctant to converse with strangers, the need for recharge breaks the silence barrier: "Can I plug in here?" Keeping our batteries charged has become a high priority in our technological age, and we have built in habits to ensure we're not left stranded. We have multiple chargers and multiple outlets; we ritually... 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


The Quintessential Essential Oil

Friday January 22, 2016 comments

Essential oils have different base scents. You'd expect the herbaceous/camphoraceous "medicine-y" smelling ones to have therapeutic benefits. Yet, there are also some beautiful floral scents that have medicinal purposes, chief among them: Lavender. Lavender is extremely versatile from its amazing regenerative healing capacity to use as a safe home cleaning option, making it the quintessential essential oil to keep on hand. Lavender is a very soft scent that also packs great value in its beautiful aroma. Lavender has become common,... Read More





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