“Q” is for Questioning

When faced with troubled times, a natural response is to question what is happening and find ways to “fix” it. The hope is that through finding answers, the turbulence will calm, or the difficult situation will improve. For the ABC’s of Living Well, I have selected “Questioning” for the letter “Q”. When we don’t feel … Read more

September News Brief

Happy September Further Shore friends! It seems to me that September is the month when humans behave like squirrels. We run around gathering the harvest, stocking the pantry, cleaning up outdoor spaces, and preparing for those cooler temperatures. I learned something new about squirrel behavior recently. It’s called “splooting,” and it’s something they do to … Read more

August News Brief

Happy August Further Shore friends! Since readers appreciated my mention of National Lasagna Day in the July News Brief, a new tradition is born to share about a special day in each month! For the month of August, I’m choosing August 21st, Nation Senior Citizens Day, a holiday established by Ronald Reagan in 1988. During … Read more

“P” is for Practice

The dictionary defines practice in various ways. As a noun it can mean actual performance or action:  I attend dance practice on Wednesdays. As a verb it can mean to habitually carry out or perform a particular activity, method, or custom, in order to acquire, maintain, or improve upon proficiency: I practice expressing gratitude each … Read more

July News Brief

Happy July Further Shore friends! I hope these days of summer are treating you kindly. I was noodling around for special days in the month of July and ran across something that is just plain FUN! It is National Lasagna Day! What??? A day set aside to honor that yummy, savory, layered dish? What a … Read more

“O” is for Organization

According to the dictionary, the meaning of the word “organize” is to form as or into a whole consisting of interdependent or coordinated parts, especially for united action. I don’t think that skillful organizing is a wellness practice in and of itself. But it certainly comes in handy when living through the crisis of a … Read more

June News Brief

Wishing a belated happy Father’s Day, summer solstice, Pride Month, and Juneteenth to all. The month has flown by in a flurry of ‘day job duties’, staycation gardening, community service, and companion animal care. Our little Olivia is in rehab for a partially torn CCL (the doggie version of the ACL). She’s a timid girl … Read more

May News Brief

Greetings Further Shore Friends, Despite dry conditions, spring in northern Arizona has been beautiful. We are enjoying the pastel flowering trees and vibrant greenery bursting forth from the aspens. Daffodils are now bowing their heads to make room for the penstemons, irises, and columbine. I’m thinking about the seeds I planted in my March News … Read more

March News Brief

Greetings Further Shore Friends, Happy almost spring equinox! Let’s start with some sky news. The last full moon of winter reaches its peak at 3:20 A.M. EDT on Friday, March 18, 2022. The Farmer’s Almanac calls this the Worm Moon. It is also known as Eagle Moon or Goose Moon (Algonquin, Cree), Sugar Moon (Ojibwe); or Wind Strong Moon (Pueblo). These … Read more

“N” is for Nature’s Nurture

Think about the last time you took a moment to marvel at a sunrise, watch a bird in flight, or deeply enjoy the sparkle of a starry night? Has it been a little bit too long? Winter in the northern hemisphere can make it difficult to get outside and revel in nature’s beauty. During the … Read more