How to start your day

Day 328 of #LiveWell2017 How you start your day can impact everything you do for the rest of the day. If you wake up tired, in a bad mood, in pain, or your first thought is "do I have to get up?", then you know you are setting yourself up for that negative attitude to … Continue reading How to start your day

Eat, drink, give

Day 137 of #LiveWell2017 Have a pint, change the world! Last night I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Oregon Public House in support of The Children's Book Bank. It was my first visit to the Oregon Public House (OPH), and now that I understand their story and have seen how they work, I … Continue reading Eat, drink, give

Be the solution

Day 116 of #LiveWell2017 Yesterday I wrote about looking for the good. Today, I got an email from Street Roots, a local street newspaper (of exceptional journalism, by the way) that serves people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Despite the enormous challenges this small nonprofit and the people it serves face each day, they continue to see the … Continue reading Be the solution

Make giving a family tradition

Day 102 of #LiveWell2017 A fun way to cultivate generosity is to make giving a family tradition. A met a woman last year who told me about her family's giving tradition. Each December, she and her adult brothers and sisters and their families sit down together and choose one charity to donate money to at the … Continue reading Make giving a family tradition

Thank your local farmer

Day 80 of #LiveWell2017 Today is National Agriculture Day, so I figured it was a good day to be thankful to all the hard-working farmers who provide food for us every single day. This is an easy thank for me. I love to eat. I love good food. I love fresh food. I appreciate the … Continue reading Thank your local farmer

Be a champion for the planet

Day 29 of #Live Well2017 I spent yesterday with my fellow Oregon Master Naturalists (OMN). These dedicated, passionate people volunteer their time to organizations in their communities to improve public awareness of Oregon's natural resources through outdoor education, scientific research, and land stewardship. We are knowledgeable, skilled individuals committed to creating a sustainable future. We give our time … Continue reading Be a champion for the planet

Gratitude: Our national wildlife refuges

Day 28 of #LiveWell2017 I spent the morning biking along the Columbia River Dike Trail, part of which runs through the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge near Washougal, WA. Other people were enjoying the trail, too. Hikers, birders, dog-walkers. Along the way, I saw red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, kestrels, bald eagles, and hundreds of ducks and geese. It … Continue reading Gratitude: Our national wildlife refuges