Monday, April 30, 2018

God, I love my dog!

When I lost my Golden, Gracie, I knew that I wanted another dog in our lives right away. Since we're getting ready to retire soon I knew that we needed a small and portable pet. Pete, as we call her, certainly wasn't as cute and healthy as in the photo, and had some health issues that required a vet. She was in a home that could not afford the health care and grooming that she would need, so she was given to us.

Pete spent a couple of months with Al in his easy chair during radiation treatment, and keeps me up and walking every day. Our home (and our health) wouldn't be the same without her.

The Animal Shelters in our area are busting at the seams right now with plenty of spring births on the way. Think about adopting this spring. Checkout your local shelter or try ours:

Denver Dumb Friends League
(303) 751-5772

Denver Rescue Mission
(303) 297-1815

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Have A Cup Of Tea!

The first bowl moistens my lips and throat;
The second bowl banishes all loneliness;
The third bowl clears my mind of words and books;
At the fourth cup, I begin to perspire ---
life's troubles evaporate through my pores.
The fifth cup cleanses my entire being.
Six cups and I am in the realm of the divine;
Seven cups --- ah, but I can drink no more;
I can only feel the gentle breezes blowing
through my sleeves,
wafting me away to the Isle of immortality!

---Lu Tong, Eighth - Century Chinese poet, from
In Gratitude For A Gift Of Fresh Tea

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In Life, You Grow

"I believe in process, I believe in four seasons, I believe that winter's tough, but springs coming. I believe that there's a growing season. And I think that you realize in life, you grow. You get better" -- Steve Southerland

Friday, April 6, 2018

Siesta, Riposo, Nap, Rest ...

In Spain it’s called Siesta. Businesses close for up to two hours while workers spend time with their family, or take a nap. They simply step away from the urgency of their work day. In Italy it’s called Riposo, another word for rest. Italians will close their businesses for up to three hours mid-day. Everything is closed but the Gelato stores. They sell the snacks to those wishing to socialize in their personal time. In China, workers put their heads down on their desks for an hour long nap. In China, it’s considered a constitutional right.

Americans are slowly catching on to the nap thing. Companies like Google encourage employees to take a rest break as research shows better productivity when employees are rested.

Research shows that deep relaxation has several positive benefits on the mind and body. Deep relaxation is known to relieve aches and pains, improve heart health, reduce stress, and improve sleep.

As I interview and work on people, it’s clear to me. Anxiety accelerates aging. According to Dr. Joseph Marcola, stress creates accelerated aging on a cellular level. What can be constituted as stress? Stressors can be anything from poor nutrition, to smoking, to money and job stressors.

When I ask people if they meditate or are interested in learning, they say they don’t have time, or they can’t sit still for that long. I understand that. It took me several years to learn how to quiet my mind for 10 minutes, let alone an hour!

Muscle memory is something that you hear about in sports. Muscles continue to do what they’re used to doing until you change their patterns. Now, here is my point;

You scrunch your forehead when you’re mad or stressed about something. You scrunch your forehead when you’re telling someone else about it, then you do the same when you’re mulling it over in your mind. Now, what? Well, since the muscles in your forehead are trained to be scrunched, they’re scrunched! They are contracted constantly without a break! Now, you have a ridge in your forehead or over your eyes.

Some people have Botox injections which smoothes the lines out of your forehead. I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way. A Therapeutic Facial Massage is given in complete silence. There is no talking about all of those things so that your forehead is scrunched. Your face will remain completely relaxed allowing muscles and skin to be manipulated without resistance.

You will enjoy one hour of complete silence while your therapist re-trains your facial muscles to be relaxed. During this time, toxins will be flushed from your face, followed by a complete Face Reflexology treatment which will benefit your entire body.

Riposo, Siesta, REST. Do it. It will be written all over your face.

What IS next?

 It seems like the Covid 19 Vaccinations are going faster than expected, but states are opening up equally as fast. I want to get out again!...