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Took an incredible bike ride today. You never expect to find a jewel such as this in your own backyard as it were. We put the bikes on the car this morning, had a great breakfast at IHOP (one of their fit meals - 2 egg sub. scrambled, 2 slices... Read more
Nutritious Learning 2 - Pale lemonade
I spent another 35 minutes on my stationary bike today while I continued to learn from my Great Courses DVD on Nutrition. This lesson was about water. We all think we know that we should have 64 oz. or 8 glasses of water a day. However, like ... Read more
There is a wonderful business called The Teaching Company. At a reasonable cost, if you wait for the sales, you can get college level courses delivered on CD or DVD in 30 -45 minute segments that cover almost any subject you can imagine. I am ... Read more
Rising to the challenge
OK, so those pounds from the holidays are incredibly stubborn. Haven't gained any since, but haven't lost those 8 lbs. yet. So I decided to join the May challenge. Just completed week one and can't believe how good I feel. I love having the ... Read more
Poetry and Teens
For the second year in a row, I have spent one day a week in April at a school for troubled teens exploring poetry. April is poetry month. We got started a little late this year, so our "presentation" wasn't until today. I wish you could have... Read more
I just finished reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. One line towards the end really got me thinking. The main character says (I am paraphrasing) Ecstasy is when the sacred enters the ordinary. I started looking around me and realiz... Read more
When Heart overcomes body!
I am a tennis fan. I love to watch professional tennis and my DH and I have gone to Wimbledon to see the championships there. However, today I found out just how invested I could become in a tennis team. Our local university (Drake) has a ten... Read more
Boys, Poetry and Essential Oils
I use essential oils in my yoga classes once in a while. I have the following five oils: tea tree, frankincense, thieves, eucalyptus, lavender. With each of the scents, I asked the teenage boys to write words or phrases that the scents brought... Read more
I will admit it, I am always on the lookout for an easy way out. For instance, there must be an easy way to get my cardio done that having to get all sweaty and exhausted. So when I started reading about Nordic walking, I was intrigued. By wa... Read more
Busy day --this is retirement???
One of my biggest problems is carefully forming my mouth in a circle, putting my tongue on the roof and my mouth and expelling air... in other words, saying, "No." So here I am. The month of April each year I volunteer twice a week at a school... Read more
Still Processing yesterdays yoga workshops
Yesterday I did two 2 hour yoga workshops taught by one of my favorite instructors from a nearby town. In fact I have driven almost two hours to go to 2 two hour masters classes and a private one hour class at his studio. Luckily, I had convin... Read more
Rain, Rain go away... sunshine is my energy source
In late January after discussing some disturbing symptoms with my md and having been medically checked out, I discussed it with my meds doc. He indicated I had all the classic symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and recommended I get ... Read more
Distance and Sisters
My sister and I are five years apart in age... I am the older. We became close friends as adults even though we never lived in the same city or state. For years she lived in Colorado, a place she feel in love with as a 10 year old on a family ... Read more
Dentists and expectations
I decided when I turned 65 to make COBRA payments for 18 months for my dental insurance and get my mouth and teeth in good shape. After a consultation with my dentist and an oral surgeon, we decided that a molar needed to be pulled and replaced... Read more
No expectations - great outcome!
I just returned from an 18 day road trip with my college roommate. She did most of the driving as it was her car we used on our over 3500 miles. We began with our first night stay planned, a commitment to be in Chaco Canyon for the Spring Equi... Read more