Ever notice that when we step out of a pattern to pursue our dreams or state a strong opinion it is common that others exert pressure to keep us as we always have been--or as they have always seen us? I think it is "common" because it is just hu... Read more
I go along with Woody Allen who is often quoted as saying that showing up is 80% of life. But still, my 518 day streak for checking into Spark surprises me a little. That’s pretty dang consistent.
Checking in with Spark has become a da... Read more
I could feel Fall in the air as I slipped through the water on my kayak this morning. It is coming all too soon. But I do look forward to crisper weather, jackets and sweaters and maybe a fire or two in our fire pit.
I want to give someth... Read more
When I get back from the beach I always long to hold just a bit of 'beach life' in my mind and heart to take me through fall and winter. Beach life for me is activity. Slipping away to swim in the ocean, jump in a boat, ski, walk. Sometimes it... Read more
Sometimes I get so busy I forget how important it is to build in 'peaceful practices' into my days. Reflecting on that this morning got me thinking about what I believe about such activities and here's what I came up with:
I believe a peace... Read more
Good morning, Those of you who know me know my son has been walking the El Camino de Santiago for the past month. This weekend he and his girlfriend finished the 500 mile trek and we were able to catch up some. There was a part of the 'way' th... Read more
Passing along a quote from blog I like alot, Marc and Angel Hack Life:
"The quest for perfection always ends in devastation. Thinking you have to do things perfectly is like strapping an extra 500 pounds to your back – it absolutely crus... Read more
Outside of Spark I don't talk much about weight or eating (just cooking, LOL!). Since we are all 'at it,' Spark is a safe place to vent and smile, complain and celebrate this particular road. So much diet talk away from here is about fad diets o... Read more
I came back from my travels to a garden path overcome with weeds. I decided to tackle that instead of a gym workout. It was complely satisfying and while it did not race my heart I moved (!) for many hours.
"Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, g... Read more
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
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
"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