Monthly Archives: November 2015

DIY Earl Grey & Other Teas with Essential Oils

Earl Grey is one of my favorite teas.  Being a bit caffeine sensitive, I usually make mine with Rooibos as the “tea” instead of the traditional Black Ceylon. If the basis of this tea is plain ol’ Black Ceylon tea, what gives it its distinctive flavor?  Bergamot (pron. bear-ga-moh) essential oil which is derived from the… Read more »

I Say “YES!” Do You?

I have loved this piece by Danaan Parry for over 20 years.  I speak it aloud often to remind me of what is important to focus on each and every day, in order to be a bringer of peace and harmony to the world. “I say Yes to my life. I say Yes to love…. Read more »

Brrrrr, It’s Cold!!! Feed Your Hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds are a wonder: they fascinate, delight and dazzle us with their antics, crazy metabolism and beauty. When you think of these little winged motors, do you see them zipping about in the winter cold or only spring, summer and early fall seasons?  There are a number of species that do not migrate to Central… Read more »

Your Toothbrush Can Change the World!

Having a bright, toothy smile is a gift and blessing to all: first to yourself, then to those you share it with.  But the main helper that maintains that smile, i.e. your toothbrush, can be a little, dark curse on the planet. Brushes are best replaced every 3 months, for both hygiene and effective dental… Read more »

About That Tryptophan Nap…

The post Thanksgiving pig-out nap.  There are few naps that beat its ease and complete zonk out.  I’ve always thought its sudden onset was due to the amino acid tryptophan, found in turkey. That’s only partly true.  I learned a lot more when I watched Katie Couric’s piece on the “nap of naps” in this video…. Read more »

I Am a Helpless Healer

My mother is dying and I can’t do a thing to help her heal, even with my plethora of healing tools and skills.  The only tools that can help ease her pain are within her: her heart and spirit are burdened and aching with a lifetime of chains and hardness. I am sorry that she… Read more »

The Best (Easiest, Greenest, Cheapest) Water Bottle

If you’re really considering all of “the right things”, choosing a refillable water bottle uses up more mental effort than one small – yet very important – item should.  Consider the decision process: Plastic?  Lightweight.  Easy to drink out of.  Healthful, not so much because they leach nasty, carcinogenic chemicals into the water.  Huge environmental… Read more »

From Sublime to Divine: Lavender Sugar!

“Just a spoonful of (Lavender) Sugar makes the recipes go ’round”.  You and your tasters will be singing this song – no need for Julie Andrews to be present – when you use lavender infused sugar in some of your baking delights. It is so easy to make, yet it will transform a very tasty treat into… Read more »

Love is the Most Important Force in the Universe

Parisien Antoine Leiris’s Facebook post to those responsible for his wife’s death during the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015, went viral.  Why? Our true nature is divine love.  Each being knows within their heart and soul, consciously or unconsciously, that Love is the most powerful force there is.  Fear (the true opponent of love),… Read more »