Give laughter

Day 348 of #LiveWell2017 We've all heard it: "Laughter is the best medicine." Indeed, laughing releases all those feel-good chemicals and decreases stress hormones in our bodies. Laughing also increases immune cells, protects your heart, and even burns calories. So, yeah, it's pretty good medicine. So, what a great gift to give someone - a … Continue reading Give laughter

Sing to the morning

Day 332 of #LiveWell2017 I woke up this morning and reached for my book of inspiration, flipped randomly to a page, and found this: The Way to Start a Day by Byrd Baylor The way to start a day is this - Go outside and face the east and greet the sun with some kind … Continue reading Sing to the morning

Become part of the silence

Day 167 of #LiveWell2017 Continuing with the gratitude theme this month, I want to be sure to share my gratitude for silence (and birds). This week we traveled to some remote wilderness areas. There, hiking among the high desert mountains, I was grateful for the complete absence of human sounds. In that silence, sitting in … Continue reading Become part of the silence

The space behind the waterfall

Day 121 of #LiveWell2017 Today, I'm taking a very special friend who loves waterfalls on a surprise hike to the Trail of Ten Falls. There, she will not only see the falls tumbling over rocks and ledges, but she will be able to walk in the spaces behind some of the largest waterfalls in the park. … Continue reading The space behind the waterfall

Give with your body

Day 103 of #LiveWell2017 One of the most fun ways to be generous is to run, walk, or bike for a cause. It's also a great way to stay in shape and to meet new people. The first time I participated in a charity run was in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Women's Half Marathon. Since then, … Continue reading Give with your body

Mt. Hood: In my face and under my feet

"Walking" is one of my favorite essays by Thoreau. In it he states: I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that -  sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all … Continue reading Mt. Hood: In my face and under my feet