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A Funny

Friday, July 24, 2015      18 comments

Passing this along to my Spark Friends who try to run or work out in any way every day. Loved this cartoon passed along to me by a friend this morning. Enjoy! Read more

Building a Life with Peaceful Practices

Saturday, July 18, 2015      10 comments

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

Sharing a Beautiful Photograph from Spain

Monday, July 13, 2015      15 comments

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

Enough With Trying to be Perfect

Friday, July 03, 2015      15 comments

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

What It Takes Is Not Boring at All

Friday, June 19, 2015      17 comments

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 Count Gardening as an Activity

Thursday, June 11, 2015      16 comments

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. Read more

How Much Should We Sit Each Day?

Thursday, June 04, 2015      14 comments

"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

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


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