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Are We Starving Ourselves?

Thursday, May 21, 2015      13 comments

A friend of mine posted this on fb today: "Just thinking...we spend a lot of thought, effort and money on making sure that the foods we put into our bodies are mostly wholesome, healthy and free from toxins. I wonder how life would change ... Read more

Remembering Mom on Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10, 2015      14 comments

Sharing a picture of my mom on this Mother's Day. It was taken during a hospital stay a few years before she died. It's fitting Mom should be on a Spark blog. She cooked well and cooked with all fresh ingredients. At retirement and unti... Read more

On Living a Messy Life

Saturday, May 09, 2015      16 comments

"All those beautiful, spotless rooms on Pinterest? Nobody lives in them." Patti Digh This quote reminds me of things I've done in life to stop myself from living. While I'm not a fan of a completely chaotic house I am trying to be more fl... Read more

How Can I Be Kind to Me Today?

Friday, May 01, 2015      14 comments

Not many of us would debate the importance of being kind to others. We know it’s a better world and a better day when we are. But how often do we ask ourselves, “How can I be kind to me today?” When I ask myself that question honest... Read more

A Reflection on Kindness

Saturday, April 25, 2015      13 comments

I am reading a memoir I like very much called Bettyville. It's the story about a man--a writer from NYC--who goes home to Missouri--Paris, Missouri--to take care of his aging mom, Betty. I love the book for being so well written and human, but... Read more

Kayaking Today

Friday, April 17, 2015      12 comments

What a great day on the water. My DH and I went out this afternoon. We watched a very defensive Canadian goose flutter and squak to lead us away--presumably from a... Read more

Itching for Spring and Summer Living

Saturday, April 11, 2015      14 comments

I love how spring makes me 'itchy," and I don't mean seasonal-allergy itchy. I mean itching to MOVE. As soon as the weather turns just a little warm I am drawn outside to walk, to kayak. I also start dreaming of swimming, hiking and the beach... Read more

Spring Yoga

Wednesday, April 01, 2015      12 comments

I don't know how many calories are in a "Peep," do you? But this picture made me laugh out loud! Happy Spring and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. ... Read more

First Paddle

Saturday, March 21, 2015      11 comments

Those of you who know me on Spark know I've been waiting for this day. The outside temp got over 55 when my husband and I pushed off. The sun was warm on our backs. The windspeed low. Nirvana! It was a quiet trip. We paddled by some t... Read more

Watching My Weight(s)

Friday, March 13, 2015      17 comments

This is not another blog about weight. Well it is about weight, but not the kind we talk most about on Spark. I'm talking about the weight I use in the gym to strength train. Let me be clear. I am not a body builder. And free weights st... Read more

I'm Thinking that Sometimes Easy Does It

Friday, March 06, 2015      12 comments

I woke up too early today. 4 a.m. is early even for an early riser like me. But it's my strategy for times when I seem fully awake and can't get back to sleep. I just get up and start my day. Which probably means there is a nap ahead in my d... Read more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about Maintenance

Monday, February 23, 2015      13 comments

I am coming to grips with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about what it takes for me to maintain a healthy life style. The Good (news) is all the great information, the fabulous motivating friends, and the inspiring photos and ideas o... Read more

Snow Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015      10 comments

It's a feet by the fire kind of day. First snowfall of the year where I live. (I know, Boston, you should be so fortunate). But with it comes a delightful pause in metro DC where we all know people could wisely spend a little more time pausin... Read more

A Spark-Like Food Fight

Friday, February 13, 2015      12 comments

Remember fighting over the biggest cookie? I sure do. And my husband, one of four boys, sure does as well. But lately something weird in a Sparky kind of way is happe... Read more

Beets!

Saturday, February 07, 2015      16 comments

I borrowed a tool called a "Spiralizer" from a friend and have been experimenting with different vegetables. Last night it was beets: I roasted them and then tossed ... Read more


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