Get a Universal Hug!

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day sat on my bucket list for several years.  With no events offered in my small, semi-rural community, I made up my mind last year to drive 1.5 hours to participate.  The powerful group energy felt like a profoundly calming universal hug, not to mention the good people I met …

It’s More than Just Earth Day

I grew up seeing public service messages of a Native American crying about litter strewn across the land and water they honored.  The message stuck.  I don't litter.  And I honor, I love, Mother Earth and our environment. When Earth Day began in 1970, it seemed like a good idea at the time.  It still …

Your Pet Trusts You…

...to do the right thing.  Please, if you love your pet you need to watch this ASAP.  There are several segments but each one is available to see for only 24 hours.  I offer this because I gravitate to nature and natural treatments.  Much of the critical information is shockingly true for our pets, ourselves …

Contemplating Compost

Death is not so permanent as one might think.  When contemplating compost, you more fully understand the cycle of life.  Fruits and vegetables provide nutrition to us.  Flowers offer beauty.  When their peelings, parings, stems and leaves are tossed into the bin to decompose, in time they become nutrition for the soil.   Black gold I …

A Language I do not Know

I do not understand the language of texting, or bar codes containing paragraphs of information.  I do not understand how people do not know how to count change, what their own phone number is, or how communication and society have morphed into a world of antonyms. Words such as cooperation, negotiation, impartial, conversation, politeness, and respect …

A Non-Religious but Spiritual Palm Sunday

The calendar indicates today is "Palm Sunday."  Being a religious holiday, I often wondered in my youth why it wasn't called "Psalm Sunday" but as a gardener I'm just as happy to see green palms after a long, grey winter. And while it's (sadly) becoming increasingly unpopular and even dangerous to identify with any religious …

Spring, Life’s New Start!

Missed starting over for the New Year, like so many do?  Don't feel bad.  It may have been Day 1 on the calendar, but Mother Nature begins anew with Spring.  You can too. Becoming more aware of the paradoxes of life while studying the Tao, I suppose it's not so unusual that I occasionally rant …

I Wonder…

I wonder how healthy Americans would be if: The government gave everyone $2,000/year to spend on the preventive care of their choice. Western medicine would partner with the wonders of alternative, eastern, and non-traditional medicine. Big Pharma and lawyers stopped advertising. Insurance companies allowed patients to select their own doctor, and gave doctors enough time …