Impromptu Monterey Adventure


>I think sometimes the best way to travel is to make few plans and have even fewer expectations.  Such was our impromptu trip to Monterey this January.  We were amazingly fortunate with the weather, warm blue skies and a three day holiday.  So last minute, we piled up the buggy and headed north.  The only things on the agenda – a stop for  lunch and quick hug for my daughter in San Luis Obispo, and a visit to the world famous Monterey … [Read more...]

Do Trees Dream?


In a strip 4 x 8, they pile the dirt.  And in the dirt they dig a hole.  And in the hole they put a tree.  It is a young tree, delicate limbs, thin bark, roots just beginning to spread. The box is split, the tree hauled out, and it is plopped in the ground with little care and less grace.  A tablet is tossed in, a splash of water, and the dirt is piled back around it.  On either side two stakes are pounded in, and wires trap it tightly in … [Read more...]

Kids Say The Darndest Things…


Still hillarious after all these years... … [Read more...]

November 1st, 2011 with Gina DeVee

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Road Rage Action Plan


Recently I was invited to share tips for controlling Road Rage, on the Premier Episode of Dr. Drew's LifeChangers on the CW channel. We ran out of time on the show for all the steps, so they videotaped me talking through it so that they could post the action plan on their website. These coping strategies can be used also for Anger Management and Anxiety. Click here, forward to someone you love, and try some of these techniques for … [Read more...]

3 Proven Steps To Overcoming Any Obstacle


One of the greatest honors for me was the opportunity to contribute a chapter in an anthology of stories, focusing on the strength of the human spirit, called "Living Proof, Celebrating the Gifts that Come Wrapped in Sandpaper." My chapter, called "The Heart Whispers Truth," highlights the lessons learned in my first marriage. During speaking engagements this past spring in Florida, Chicago and Los Angeles, I used the opportunity to talk about … [Read more...]

The Power Of Pause


I believe that 95% of conflict stems simply from miscommunication and misunderstanding. As a result, I don't get my emotional feathers ruffled too often anymore. Rather, I have learned to PAUSE before responding when there is a problem, disappointment or conflict. Let me be clear, thought, that his "aha" in my own life took time. In the name of being "in my truth," I used to think I had to express myself quickly -- and often -- and I did so … [Read more...]

Push Off From The Shore Today With A Spirit Of Discovery…


ON TRUE PROSPERITY, WELL-BEING, AND CULTIVATING AN EVOLUTIONARY HEART ~~~ by Christiane Schull ~~ “Push off from the shore today with a Spirit of Discovery. Set your sights on Joy. Know that your fellow Explorers will greet you with Delight. You are not what they expected either! You are so much MORE! What fun! ....'Row, Row, Row, your boat...gently down the stream...merrily, merrily, is but a dream!'" Christiane … [Read more...]

5 “Bad” Things That Are Actually Good For Your Skin


Five “Bad” Things That Are Actually Good for Your Skin By Rose Cole *Chocolate (yeah!): Women in a German study who downed a cocoa-rich drink daily – the equivalent of 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate – for 12 weeks experienced less dryness. Their skin also had better blood flow, which pinks your cheeks, and was more resistant to sun damage, thanks to all the antioxidants.. *Juicing: It gets a bad rap for the sugar, but the fresh squeezed … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Recovering Group-aphobic

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I have to admit, I’ve had a fear of groups for as long as I can remember. My phobia probably dates back to elementary school when I was scorned for wearing “the wrong kind of headband.” High school was a time of stick straight hair. And no matter how many times I ironed mine, it still went BOING. An apt metaphor for an artsy-craftsy non-conformist. There were The Mean Girls, The Nice Girls, The Cheerleaders and The Sluts. Since I never … [Read more...]