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in bloom

Saturday, May 18, 2013      17 comments

. . . in my garden today lilacs (a huge hedge of them, proper lavender ones) japonica (bright coral and pale orange) crab apple (deep pink) apple blossom forget-me-not (in sky-blue drifts) lily-of-the-valley violets, deep purple... Read more

What do you do when you have lost your motivation

Friday, May 17, 2013      21 comments

This inquiry (and a lot of my punctuation is not working on Spark People, not sure why: but no question mark, no apostrophes) caught my eye. Message Board thread. So: I would say that it helps me to lose my expectation that I will be motiv... Read more

Four Years at Spark People!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013      27 comments

Yesterday, May 11, made it four year here. Just checking in at my start week Spark team, it appears that very few of us are left . . . I did hear from team buddy JOPAPGH who has been burning up the running trails big time. Although I co... Read more

Bird Song

Monday, May 13, 2013      13 comments

I really love birdjam which provides bird song . . . now an app on my iPhone. And the Audobon bird app too -- up to five different bird conversations per species! Even better of course: listening to birds au naturel!! In nature! So: thi... Read more

Mommy Brain: Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 12, 2013      12 comments

www.theglobeandmail.com/
life/parenting/mothers-day
/sarah-hampson-on-motherho
od-we-get-stretch-marks-of
-the-heart-and-mind/article11831805/ Who knew that having babies (and raising them) makes us smarter? Mo... Read more

Estrogen, Exercise, Breast Cancer

Friday, May 10, 2013      16 comments

www.theglobeandmail.com/
life/health-and-fitness/he
alth-navigator/the-link-be
tween-exercise-breast-canc
er-researchers-may-have-th
e-answer/article11830499/ Regular vigorous exercise helps manage excess est... Read more

Goodlife

Tuesday, May 07, 2013      19 comments

Goodlife is Canada's largest gym chain. Not my gym: I'm a Y member. But a recent Globe interview with Goodlife founder David Patchell-Evans offers some interesting observations about how to lead --what else? -- a good life: www.th... Read more

Extreme Gardening!

Sunday, May 05, 2013      18 comments

I've been digging. I've been weeding. Rooting out twitch grass from my flower beds. I've been cutting back last year's perennials. I've been pruning out errant raspberry canes. And: my back is sore. My arms are scratched. ... Read more

Leaping Greenly!

Thursday, May 02, 2013      18 comments

There's that bright fresh green fuzz on the trees which are once again "leaping greenly" -- and of course e.e. cummings' great poem about spring always comes to mind when I see new leaves unfolding: i thank You God for most this amazin... Read more

Stiff Muscles!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013      13 comments

Never fails to surprise me how stiff my arms and shoulders (and butt) feel after the first few rounds of golf each spring. I work 'em all at the gym. I did more XC skiing than ever this past winter. Great upper AND lower body workout.... Read more

Audobon Birds and Butterflies App! Get It Now!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013      15 comments

. . . . is on sale, regularly $16.99, for just $1.99 ending April 29. And yup, that's tomorrow!! It's terrific!! The bird part may even be better in some ways than birdjam (which cost me a whack more) and waaaaaay easier to download. No... Read more

Tech Bliss!

Saturday, April 27, 2013      16 comments

At home: a new laptop. So much faster, so much more reliable. And: I've finally replaced my old flip cell phone (kept turned off, for emergency out-calls only) with an iPhone5. Truly amazing. A camera! My work emails! My work calendar... Read more

"The First Bite is the Banquet"

Sunday, April 21, 2013      17 comments

That's a quotation from Michael Pollan (of "Eat plants" fame) in Saturday's National Post. Full quote: "The first bite is the banquet. That's a Chinese rule. Every subsequent bite will be less good. It's never going to get better... Read more

Presentism, Focalism, Decision Fatigue

Saturday, April 20, 2013      18 comments

Is there an app for making decisions? Yes there is and more than one. Quite a number of them, in fact, as a recent article in the Globe and Mail pointed out to me: www.theglobeandmail.com/
life/relationships/choices
-got-you... Read more

Ten Minutes: Food Prep or Exercise?

Thursday, April 18, 2013      20 comments

Read a short article in the Globe and Mail yesterday which summarized a pretty large study correlating time spent on food preparation with time spent on exercise. Conclusion: people who spend more time on food prep spend less time exercisin... Read more


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