Lemons to lemonade... but not very sweet.
Okay, the last 36 hours or so have not been particularly smooth for me. Yesterday started off great with a wonderful yoga class and a visit to a good friend in the country. The day was beautiful, her gardens beautiful, the conversation good...... Read more
A Gift of Love received with love
Last year our DD lived in a house with 3 remarkable young men. Two of them were fellow third year law students and one was a friend of one of her classmates from undergrad school. In addition to the human inhabitants were 3 cats of various siz... Read more
I am quite active on the forum posts, especially for the DWD, Yoga Lovers, Positive Mental Health and Iowa teams. I always work to find something positive to say or to find the positive parts in any post I read.
However, I feel as if I am be... Read more
A few pictures from sky dive
Just to give a sense of the freedom and joy of the skydive.
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Beautiful Land from the sky
Iowa means beautiful land in the language of the original inhabitants. I have seen it from walking the sidewalks of its towns and cities, from the paths of its parks, lakes and forests. I have seen from the seat of bike on RAGBRAI (Register's ... Read more
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
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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