Get Growing


grow-your-own-garlicIn the past when I heard the phrase, “Grow your own food,” I imagined people in overalls with lots of land and time constantly hovering over a vast array of plants. Lately, though, I’ve begun to think about it differently. I have started to see it as something that even I—who have little plant knowledge, low levels of sunlight, and poor urban soil—can do.

I mean, I’m not about to believe that I can grow every lick of food I consume, or even a fair proportion of it. But I am realizing that I can grow a couple of edible treats with very little effort, a big sense of accomplishment, and a much-needed feeling that I am connected to the natural world. Read more…

Smooth Out Life’s Bumps with Sphinx Pose


sphinx poseMarch is my least favorite month. There, I said it. One day it’s 60 degrees and sunny and the next it’s a high of 32. Even when it’s sunny it seems there’s a vicious wind making you wish you hadn’t left your scarf at home. Here in the North, at least, March is one bumpy ride. Luckily, there’s one yoga pose that, practiced regularly, can help make that ride feel more like waterskiing than riding a bucking horse.

Sphinx pose restores the curve in your lower spine, which tends to flatten when you sit all day. You want to take steps to keep that curve nice and curvy because is a natural shock absorber – it helps you keep on keepin’ on when you hit physical and metaphorical speed bumps. Read more…

Eye Yi Yi


acupressure for eye strain and headacheI love writing for a living. And as I recently admitted, I love reality TV. The sad part is, both of these callings require many hours spent staring at a screen. Hours that result in dry, red, and strained eyes. What’s worse, all this eyeballing can get me trapped in my head to the point that I can forget I have a body altogether (until my full bladder or aching shoulders tell me otherwise). Read more…

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