A pool with a view

This was the view from our holiday house in Majorca. It was breathtaking, the blue of the pool stretching out towards the blue of the bay below. The weather was gorgeous, such a lovely change to what we had left behind at home and we all looked forward to enjoying both the pool and the sunshine for the next seven days of our family holiday. Unfortunately, my baby granddaughter was taken ill with a virus on the first day we were there. The ...

Musings: On Exercise & Pain…

“Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.”  George Sheehan Musings: On Exercise & Pain... Listen to your body On Exercise: Listen To Your Body & Monitor Your Pain. Do you exercise through pain? When do you know it is time to stop or avoid a routine? I’ve always loved to exercise and, over the years, I have tried many forms of exercise; running, dancing, step, yoga, Pilates, spin, jazz, zumba, swimming, power walking and a bunch ...

How to Keep Your Flowers Blooming All Summer

One of the many joys of gardening is seeing all the beautiful, vibrant flowers in bloom, especially in the summer. The garden comes alive with vibrant colours, intoxicating scents and mesmerizing beauty! It’s a sight like no other. But unfortunately, as we all know, beauty fades. It’s only a matter of time before the annuals and the perennials will start to wilt and die, leaving your garden in a sad state. That being said, as a gardener, there are things that ...

Danger from above

The whitewashed walls reflected the sun’s glare. Alice adjusted her sunglasses. Small stones skittered and bounced down a wall then, with a wail, a boy landed at her feet. He was small, dirty and frightened; Alice saw blood running down his left leg. She took off her rucksack, pulling out a bottle of water and some tissue.  She bathed his leg while he stared defiantly up at her. A battered car screeched to a halt, Alice stared in disbelief as the driver pulled out a gun. She ...

Memories: Of Moments In Bliss…

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell Memories: Of Moments In Bliss... “It’s good to be just plain happy, it’s a little better to know that you’re happy; but to understand that you’re happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.” Henry Miller And In That Moment You Were Happy… I was thrilled to read this easy writing prompt ...

Practice Compassion: Our Wellness Depends On It…

” If someone falls, compassion helps you to say, ” Stand up. You can do it.” Compassion comes from respect, and is the result of knowing that others are strong enough and intelligent enough to make their own choices.” don Miguel Ruiz Practice Compassion: Share a bloom - one petal at a time... Sit down for a while… Put your feet up and sit back for a moment. Who told you to listen to the sirens and their silly calls? Who asked you to take ...

Fun Flower Facts: Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)

Scabiosa is commonly called the pincushion flower because the round, prominent stamens in the center of the round blossoms look like pins in a pincushion. Scabiosa, which is native to Europe and Asia, can produce 20-50 blooms per plant, with one flower per stem. The small, but showy flowers can grow to be up to 3 inches in size and are available in red, white, pink, lavender, light blue and burgundy. Flowers can be single or double bloom. These nectar-rich flowers are ...

Inspiration: Five Things To Be Thankful For Today…

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” Marcus Tullius Cicero Inspiration: Five Things To Be Thankful For Today... A Thankful Tree... Just for today, I will not worry Just for today, I will not be angry Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings Just for today, I will do my work honestly Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing Traditional Reiki Prayer from Dr Usui. ♥Life – Today, I am ...

New Law Will Break the Internet if Passed

Image courtesy of Fer Gregory via Compfight I like the Internet. It allows me a growing forum to express my thoughts and opinion as well as discover those of others. It also allows me to stay in touch with old friends and meet new ones. However, there is a troubling piece of legislation that’s being considered for quick passage in Congress that will change the way the Internet works and how we engage with it. Check out this brief video that explains the ...

Spotlight on Gifts

I want to congratulate Brooke Meservy, a dear friend and fellow blogger at Bloomtopia for her recent contribution to the Wild Sister magazine. Brooke’s writing cuts through the thick skin of fear and rejection exposing the tender places within. Her words are bold and honest, escorting you to divine destinations where magical discoveries take place: discoveries about who you are, what you love, and where you’re going. This article on "finding one heart" is breathtaking. Brooke says: “I am honored to ...

Celebrating Hanukkah With Cleverbot….

Several months ago I discovered Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that supposedly has the ability to learn by conversing with humans via an instant messaging platform. While it’s a stretch to say that Cleverbot is actually intelligent, interacting with this particular “thinking” software can be mildly entertaining. Here’s the most recent interview I had with this bastion of (AI) idiocy last month: Veterans Day Conversation With Cleverbot Since today marks the third day of Hanukkah, I thought it would ...

Bruised Bamboo, a little help

The suffering and despair of Japan’s people is incomprehensible to me. I watch as their desperate images appear on my TV screen, slotted between ads for Pop-Tarts and toothpaste, like a tragic prime time series. The imagines are too much too take in. I want to look away. Thousands of people’s lives have been broken to bits, their pieces cast to the wind. I shift on my sofa, seeking a more comfortable position. But there is no comfort, because my ...

Two Writing Associations and a Cool Video

Splitting my time between Maine and Florida, I maintain a membership in both theMaine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) and the Florida Writers Association (FWA). MWPA was founded in 1975. It is, according to its website, “a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization that works to enrich the literary life and culture of Maine. We are the only statewide organization solely devoted to supporting and promoting Maine’s writers, publishers, booksellers, and literary professionals.” A visit to FWA’s website reveals a different type of organization. Its initial ...

Sometimes it’s Personal and Not Business…

"This doesn't look like a budget meeting...." Earlier this week my co-workers and wife conspired to have a baby shower for the pending delivery of our bouncing bundle of joy, Salvatore James Constantino (TJ for short) who’s due to arrive in a few short weeks. The shower occurred at my work. Hopefully, you can see from my expressions in the first three photos that I had completely bought their bogus cover story that I was to be attending a “budget meeting.” This is why ...

Tinker Toy Traumas

My time here in Massachusetts is coming to a close. This Saturday I’ll jet south to where palms sway, the sun restores, and little dogs dance around my ankles. I’m a bit in denial — trying to slow down time, for although I can’t wait to get home, this Worcester girl is a bit reluctant to leave. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a roller coaster visit click clicking me to the apex of heightened suspension — pausing just long enough ...

Moral Conundrum: Jeter's 3000th Hit Baseball

Yankee Derek Jeter with his 3000th hit I'm the first to admit that I'm not a huge baseball fan. The games are too slow, too long and could benefit from instant replay. But this post is only tangentially about America's favorite past time. It has to do with a moral conundrum. This past weekend, Derek Jeter - shortstop for the New York Yankees - became the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to have his 3000th career hit at bat. That ...

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Oxygenated Water Nonsense

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Junk science in the marketplace Unless you have gills, it’s just an expensive burp! Part 1 Oxygenated water (also known as “ super-oxygenated” water) is offered at hundreds of Web sites. I highly recommend it if you happen to be a fish, but if you have lungs that breathe air, then forget about it! All water that has been …

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Back to School: Part 2A School-Based Physical Therapy

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Many children who have severe special needs and attend public schools will receive a “related service” called Physical Therapy through their IEP. In many cases, these children are neurologically affected because of a brain insult, i.e. stroke, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, genetic mutations, metabolic disorders, etc. These diagnoses result in movement disorders …

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ABR Egg Rolling Demonstration on Adam ..Separating Upper Ribs from the Clavicles

The New, Improved Egg Rolling Exercise…a demonstration of refinements to the egg rolling exercise by Leonid Blyum. This video focuses on selection, hand technique and work on separation of the clavicle from the 1st and 2nd ribs and their connection to the manubrium. The fusion of the myofascial fibers result from their collapse during the aftermath …

ABR Evaluation, April 2012

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We were able to participate in a two hour evaluation of the history of Adam’s progress over the past year of ABR (Advanced Biomechanical Rehabilitation). Leonid Blyum, through a pictorial history of Adam’s body was able to demonstrate the changes in his core stability, thoracic expansion, vertebral lengthening and pelvic floor adjustment. Positive changes in …

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Birth Control, Breast Cancer, and Boring Marriages

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I was reading the Scientific American Mind when I ran across a tiny little blurb about relationship satisfaction and the use of oral contraceptives. It goes on to say that women who take the Pill prefer men with lower testosterone levels and all the trademark characteristics of a less masculine man. Birth control pills trick …

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Psychopharmacology

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Meanwhile back at the “Happy Fat Cats” lab, professor Zimothy Bleary makes a discovery: Check it out, he bellows! All heads rotate in the direction of Bleary’s voice. Inside the monkey holding cells, alive with disease and death, terrified primates huddle tight; tuck themselves into corners, as if they’re hoping not to be discovered. Horrified eyes cry …

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Quality of Life…A Concept Which Has Outlived Its Usefulness

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I have a dream…that the phrase “quality of life” will be forever banned from our language. These words, which I encounter on a daily basis, provide no meaning, no clarity, no objectivity and do confuse to no end. These words contribute to a judgmentalism which often results in a rejection of life, of living and …

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