Category Archives: Health

Brain Reboot; Kim 2.0

Deepak Chopra. Eckhart Tolle. Turmeric. Chia seeds. Aromatherapy. Epsom salts. My massage therapist. My chiropractor. My library and Barbara Feldon (yes, Agent 99!). What do all those people and things have in common, you ask? They are all part of … Continue reading

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Turning Inward

As I feared would happen, my latest “Extrovert Episode” ended abruptly and I found myself needing to step back from the world a bit. Well, that’s actually an understatement. Last Friday I had a meltdown. It’s been a long time … Continue reading

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Winter Birding in Michigan

I’ve never liked winter very much. Sure, the first snow of the season is pretty, but after a couple days the charm fades away and it turns dirty and slushy. And all the leaves are gone on the trees, making … Continue reading

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Healing Gardens and Scent Memories

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs As I mentioned in my previous post, I want to share more about this idea of the health benefits of gardens. … Continue reading

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Forest Bathing: No Soap Needed

Most of us cleanse our bodies on a daily basis, but have you ever given much thought to cleansing your mind and spirit as well? I’m not referring to traditional religious practice, although that may serve a similar purpose for … Continue reading

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Can’t Remember Diddly Squat

After writing an email to a friend today about some problems in my life, I stumbled upon something that should have been obvious to me. Obvious, that is, if I weren’t a 51-year-old woman entering menopause. (This might not be very … Continue reading

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Looking Forward

Today I went back to my blog archives to see what I was writing about in December of last year, just to see if things seemed different this year. I was surprised to find that I’d only blogged one time the … Continue reading

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A Good Day

I went out for a short photo walk around our library’s gardens today and saw these signs saying there was an urgent need for blood. I continued my photo shoot for a few more minutes, having an internal conversation with … Continue reading

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You’re Invited to Laugh — at me

Yesterday Eric and I got up at 6:30 am to go birding in a new-to-us park about 25 miles north of home. We’d been told it was a great spot for sparrows like Vesper, Henslow, and Grasshopper, as well as … Continue reading

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Hunkering Down

It’s that time again: the Dark Season. Here in Michigan it’s four or five months of depressing weather and scenery. I know everyone doesn’t hate winter, and for some people it’s even their favorite season of the year, can you believe … Continue reading

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