Healthy for Life

August is a glorious time to celebrate family and friends

W elcome to the month of August and all its wonderment. It is a perfect time to capture yet another Northern Minnesota summer month. I say, yet another, because we are lucky enough to get a hot, rainy and sometimes cool summer to boast about. It is an excellent time of the season to reassess some future goals or take […]

Forgive for you, not them

Becoming a healthy person is not just about our bodies, it’s about our souls as well. Health is inside and outside—body, mind and soul. I can be completely transparent and say that forgiveness has always been my biggest struggle. I have a very difficult time forgiving someone who has hurt me or disappointed me. This seems to be even worse […]

ROAD TRIP! Michigan’s Pictured Rocks

I am always up for a good adventure! Adventures are good for the mind, body and soul. However, road trips have been few and far between for me for quite some time, up until this year. A few weeks ago I realized that unless I planned something quick, I would blink and the kids would be back in school before […]

Out of the Blue

NOTE: This week we’re going to have a BBQ at Out of the Blue. Of course, BBQ around here stands for Brief Burning Questions, so if you’re hungry, you’re likely going to be left unsatisfied. Sorry about that. We’ll touch on sports and pretend sports—fantasy football, my golf game—and maybe apologetics. Or maybe we’ll save that for another week. Without […]

The Nature Nerd

Focus on: Local ladybugs

Strange things happen! Sometimes very strange things happen! Several weeks ago I found a ladybug in my house. That may not seem strange, but this time it was! Being a Nature Nerd, I needed to check what kind of ladybug it was. I was floored! I was a two-spotted ladybug! That may not strike you as strange, but the two-spotted […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some emerging matters could impede the Lion’s progress in completing an important project. Best advice: Deal with them now, before they can create costly delays. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your aspect continues to favor an expanding vista. This could be a good time to make a career move, and taking an out-of-town […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) There might be some facts you still need to know before leaping onto center stage. Best to move carefully at this time so that you can observe what’s happening around you. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) It’s a good time to expand your outlook by getting out and around, whether you do some […]


Then and now back-to-school reflections; it’s a Google-it world

Greeting and Sallytations! Now that I’ve reached age 60, I find myself reflecting to “back when I was a kid” or “back in the day,” you get my drift. A perfect example, Im walking through Target and see the back-toschool displays—aisles and aisles and aisles of e eryth ng rom soup o nuts. I s arted thinking of my days […]


Benefits of massage before surgery

Have you or someone you know ever needed surgery, but were forced to wait? Maybe it was due to your doctor being booked up and a month away was the soonest you would get in. Or maybe it was because you had just had a cortisone shot, hoping it would take care of the problem. When it didn’t, your next […]

Don’t fall into the trap of comparing your life to others

Have you ever logged onto facebook or Instagram and noticed the seemingly perfect lives other people are living? Perhaps you have begun noticing how your own life doesn’t seem nearly as neat or successful as the lifestyle blogger you follow. It isn’t always voluntary, but it is easier than ever to compare ourselves to others when we have constant access […]

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