Out of the Blue

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

“A thankful heart is a happy heart.” As I was thinking how to start this week’s column, I happened across a meme with a heart that declared the preceding. It had been posted by a friend from way back when. Come to think of it, she had been my first schoolboy crush, back in fifth grade when I first started […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Put your wounded pride aside and do what you must to heal that misunderstanding before it takes a potentially irreversible turn and leaves you regretting the loss of a good friend. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) One way to kick a less-thanactive social life into high gear or rebuild an outdated contacts list […]


while finding a vacation every day

Congratulations on surviving the polar vortex of 2019! Whatever that is. It must be the north’s version of a natural disaster. Facebook even allowed us to check in as “safe” from the polar vortex. All joking aside, extreme temperatures such as the ones we just experienced can cause a lot of serious problems and even be life threatening. All the […]


Remember, aging is not for sissies and skip the chocolates

Greetings and Sallytations! Man, this aging world is not for sissies. I went to the ortho doctor for my busted arm appointment and was kindly reminded how healing takes longer when you’re older. As a result, I have two more weeks of juggling life with one arm. He did give me permission to be in the pool and remove the […]


Diabetics can benefit from massage

Are you or someone you know diabetic? This disease, besides being annoying, can be life-threatening, especially when left unattended. The good news is, with the proper use of medications, diabetes can be manageable. Having diabetes doesn’t have to bring your life to a standstill. In the article “The Top Ways Massage Benefits the Diabetic Population,” author Jimmy Gialelis, LMT, BCTMB, […]

Be happy today… it’s a choice!

HIBBING – When beginning a life coaching session, I often asking my clients to rate their happiness on a scale of 0 – 10 in different areas of their lives. I also perform an exercise called “the happiness quotient.” This allows me to investigate how that particular client characterizes happiness. The broad definition of happiness includes a positive state of […]


A look at the second week of February…with appreciation

National Freelance Writers Appreciation Week is coming up. If you want to get technical about it – and I do, as I’m an avid researcher – the second full week of February is also: Celebration of Love Week, Children of Alcoholics Week, Jell- O Week, National Secondhand Wardrobe Week, and Random Acts of Kindness Week. If ever there was a […]


It’s OK to wake up slowly, drink coffee and smell the bacon (sausage?)

This week marks three months of being retired. I expected a transition, but it’s this daily togetherness with your spouse that takes time to adjust to. There are two types of people in this world: morning people and non-morning people. I married a happygo lucky morning person. Me? I’m a grizzly bear who looks like Phyllis Diller when I wake […]

Out of the Blue

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world… would do this, it would change the earth.” .William Faulkner My dad tells the story of when he was a freshman in college. One day in class – I forget which subject – at a […]

The Nature Nerd

Focus on: Ice art

VIRGINIA – This is the season when we can walk on water! We take it for granted, but we shouldn’t. You see, ice is weird! This time of year we see it every day, so we do not think about it much. In fact, ice is a very strange substance; some say it is the strangest substance in the universe. […]

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