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Here are some posts on a variety of topics for living an extraordinary life, including recipes, remedies and humor for healthy living, graceful aging and happiness.

Make yourself comfortable and browse around. From the offerings here, I hope you will find something to inform you, support you, inspire you, or amuse you...and a little practical magic to help you transform your life.

Blessings!

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Survival of the Responsive!

Survival of the Responsive!

I recently came across this quote by Leon C. Megginson who summed up Charles Darwin’s theories thus: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” And it occurred to me that the way for us to move forward in these challenging times… Continue Reading

Finding Stability Through Change

Finding Stability Through Change

“In life we cannot avoid change, we cannot avoid loss. Freedom and happiness are found in the flexibility and ease with which we move through change.”   Jack Kornfield, Buddha’s Little Instruction Book The one thing in this world of which we can be certain is that all things are in a state of constant change.… Continue Reading

Attachment vs. Detachment: Not an Either Or

Attachment vs. Detachment: Not an Either Or

A number of years ago, I was consulting with a wonderful gentleman, (Dr. B.) at Kaiser for some mental and spiritual support. He was the personification of the ideal wise and delighted and delightful uncle archetype one would desire. During one of our discussions, I told him I was wrestling with the concepts of Attachment… Continue Reading

The Freedom of Limitations

The Freedom of Limitations

As we embrace the 21st century, riding high on the edge of the Information Age, we find ourselves in an era of unlimited possibilities. We have access to more information than at any other time in history. We receive daily communications from all over the world, many of them contradictory. We receive offers on radio,… Continue Reading

What is a Well-Lived Life?

If we were to ask ten people to define a well-lived life we would probably get ten different answers. Some people would measure success in money; others, by recognition of peers. For some it would be a well-designed and useful product; for others, a beautiful garden. Some would measure it in terms of good relationships,… Continue Reading

The Four Draft Formula

The Four Draft Formula

Some years ago, in a writers’ workshop, I received one of those little gems that subtly but profoundly changes your life. The class instructor quoted British writer Margery Allingham, author of, among others, the Albert Campion mysteries. When asked by an interviewer how she wrote, she replied (as was quoted to me):  “I write the… Continue Reading

Discipline as Discipleship

Discipline as Discipleship

“Self-discipline and contentment are useful.” The Dalai Lama When we hear the word discipline, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that someone is going make us do something we don’t want to do. Self-discipline often means that we are going to try to make ourselves do something that we don’t want to… Continue Reading

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