Give a hoot (for the environment)

Day 356 of #LiveWell2017 We're just 10 days away from 2018. It's hard to believe it's nearly time to turn the page on another calendar year. But, that means you still have 10 days to give that much needed end-of-year gift to a nonprofit charity of your choice. Today, I want to encourage you to … Continue reading Give a hoot (for the environment)

Listen to the birds sing

Day 283 of #LiveWell2017 I was sitting on my porch this morning, contemplating drawing, when I heard several birds calling. A Carolina wren singing like there was no tomorrow down in the understory, crows cawing back and forth above, a downy woodpecker trill at mid-canopy. Then a small, but close-by chirp caught my ear, and … Continue reading Listen to the birds sing

Grateful for the freedom of expression

Day 175 of #LiveWell2017 Today in Portland, no less than five naked bike rides are scheduled, including the World Naked Bike Ride that rolls at 9:00 PM tonight. These organized bike rides are symbols of the ultimate freedom we have in this country - to be able to express our ourselves freely and openly in … Continue reading Grateful for the freedom of expression

Living graciously

Day 173 of #LiveWell2017 The true meaning of grace is to connect deeply with what is around you - trees, flowers, air, water, and all living beings. When we are gracious, we are kind, compassionate, considerate, giving. We treat others - and nature - with respect. When I go to places like Neahkahnie Mountain, pictured … Continue reading Living graciously

Appreciating rivers

Day 172 of #LiveWell2017 I feel very lucky to live where so many beautiful rivers run. One, in fact, flows through the middle of my city. Another, one which carried Lewis and Clark to the Pacific, borders the city's northern edge. Within an hours' drive from my home, I can walk along some of the … Continue reading Appreciating rivers

Be grateful for little surprises

Day 160 of #LiveWell2017 I've said it before, and I'll say it again: sometimes it's the little things that make all the difference! Yesterday, I was helping lead a volunteer work party to remove invasive plants from a local park. The volunteers had gathered around our pile of shovels and buckets and were listening to … Continue reading Be grateful for little surprises

Thanks to climate activists

Day 154 of #LiveWell2017 Living well in a place includes living sustainably, with as small an ecological footprint as possible. It also means advocating for actions that minimize our long-tern impact and protect the┬áplace for future generations. In light of yesterday's announcement that the US will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, I am … Continue reading Thanks to climate activists