How Nature Benefits our Health










My husband and I just got back from our annual July vacation, which starts with a family reunion in Manistee, Michigan.  This year, after leaving Manistee, we drove up to the Upper Peninsula, one of the beauties of the mitten state. 

We traveled to Tahquamenon Falls State Park and rode on the Toonerville Trolley through the woods (and saw two, count ‘em, two black bears!). We enjoyed walking the trail to the lower falls, taking pleasure in the scenic beauty of the plants, trees, and of course, the rushing water tumbling over rocks and spilling into the river.  Later, as we drove back to our hotel, we noticed that the sky seemed immense; it wasn’t blocked by buildings, billboards and other clutter. Lack of traffic, police and ambulance sirens, and all the other city noises added to the pleasure of being “up north.”  Continue reading

21 Ways to Make the World a Better Place



This is the beginning of a new day.  You have been given this day to use it as you will.  You can waste it or use it for good.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; it its place is something that you left behind.  Let it be something good. (Attributed to Mahatma Ghandi)


  • Reach out to a homebound neighbor with a visit or phone call
  • Do something kind for a caregiver
  • Volunteer at a homeless or animal shelter
  • Adopt a pet
  • Become a literacy volunteer
  • Donate a pint of blood or become a bone marrow donor
  • Adopt a family at holiday time
  • Pick up litter while walking through your neighborhood 
  • Donate money or food to a local food bank
  • Participate in a walk to end Alzheimer’s
  • Fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child
  • Thank a member of the Armed Services 
  • Take a care package to your local police station to thank the guys/gals in blue
  • Take time to listen to someone else
  • Give someone a sincere compliment – show them that they have value
  • Send a care package anonymously to someone who’s going through hard times
  • Find ways to volunteer at the Create the Good site
  • Try the latest online challenge to honor those who serve our country
  • Honor our planet:  Don’t litter. Treat our historical sites and National Parks with the respect they deserve. Recycle and re-use. 
  • Be patient with one another
  • Advocate for something you believe in

Organic Living for Vital Aging

the image of opened window to the summer field

Recently, I listened to Laura Klein, co-founder of the website Organic Authority, talk about the toxic environment we live in.  (And no, she wasn’t talking about our current political scenarios, though their toxicity is quite evident) I’m currently enrolled in a Wellness Coach course, and was “introduced” to Ms. Klein through an audio lesson from this course.  Continue reading