Month: July 2016

Choosing (and Living) the Life You Desire

How happy are you? It’s the most simple and most complex question anyone can ask because it often involves evaluating more than one part of your life. For example, you may be happy in your marriage; but not so happy with your job. You may be happy with the friends you have; but not so happy with the relationship with your teenagers. You may be happy at work; but not so happy with your health. You see…not as simple as it sounds, right? Maybe I’m making it harder than it is. Maybe it’s because I’m a woman. After all,...

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Going Coastal: Bald Head Island, NC

The northeast was being hammered by the first blizzard of the season so like a migratory bird seeking a warmer climate I ventured south to Southport and Bald Head Island for a little weekend getaway. The draw was a couple of lighthouses, an historic little waterfront town, and the promise of great Sunday weather. No set plans, just a camera and a sense of curiosity. I wanted to challenge my brain and sense of direction so I kept the GPS off and turned on my map-reading skills. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I tend to read maps upside down....

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A Barrel-Sized Wine Tasting Surprise

I was certain this was going to be one of those experiences of a lifetime. You know, that special VIP behind the scenes look at how great wine is made. The owner of the San Luis Obispo county winery took a liking to us, so we thought, and invited us behind the tasting counter to the back room for our own private barrel tasting. I had no idea the shock I was in for…not to mention the test of my good manners. He tapped into a virgin barrel where I was sure some sort of vino-magic was taking place....

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How to Bring the Blue Zone Home [Video]

Living to 100 years old in the Blue Zone sounds great…for those who live in the Blue Zone – Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California USA; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Sardinia, Italy; and Okinawa, Japan. But what if you don’t live in some beautiful international location but inside reside in the simple suburbs of North America, a sleepy little town on the outskirts of anywhere, or in the inner city. Can you find happiness and longevity in these places…your home?   That’s the question that longevity and happiness expert, Dan Buettner, asked when he travelled the world to see if anyplace...

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Blueberry Streusel Cake and Oma

Passing by the bakery window you get a rush of memories as the warm, sweet scent of “something special” is pulled fresh from the oven. But is it the anticipation of a treat for your tongue or the sweet memories attached to that warm pastry which cause you to pause and smile? “…we’d spent most of our day by the lake and then ‘coffee time!’ my Oma would announce to us AKA ‘the best time of the day.’ We would all gather at the table, the aroma of coffee in the air and enjoy coffee & cake every afternoon...

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