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I have a morning routine that I like to follow. After taking care of my biological needs, I feed my kitties and go to the office under the stairs in our hundred year old farmhouse and listen to a Tara Brach meditation while I consume content from all my favorite sources via feedly and enjoy a cup of coffee…

This morning, things were feeling a little close — close as in the lesser known definition of ‘hot, humid, air not moving’ because there’s no circulation in that little room under the stairs. It was spreading into my thinking and I was becoming irritable, so, I moved out to the deck and set up shop with my humble chromebook. As I write, I’m now watching the sunrise as it rises over our fields. A gentle breeze is blowing at my back and my favorite kitty [who can not join me in the house due to my wife's allergies] is sitting like a muse by my side…

So simple! Sit and stew in a small place or move into one with more possibilities. The distance in our home is not more than 20 feet but sometimes a small move can have big consequences for the good…


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It’s a sad day in Algoma, WI…

For some, anyway. The local McDonald’s Express is closing down — not because they’re doing badly, but because they’re doing so well! I know, that sounds convoluded, doesn’t it? Apparently McDonald’s corporate is pulling the plug because they want them to be able offer the FULL menu of McDonald’s goodies and the location is just to small. For whatever reason, after today the McDonald’s will be just a memory — here’s my last cup of Mickey D’s coffee to celebrate…

What Drinking Coffee Does to You

Ouch! Sore subject. This morning, I had to forego my usual superstrength coffee while blogging because I had a blood test at 8:10 this morning. What did I learn? It’s easier for me to give up alcohol than coffee! I was a whiny baby until I got my first cup immediately after the blood test. Should I play through the pain and give up coffee? Not likely…

Consider the data for yourself at: What Drinking Coffee Does to You.


Listen Up! Your Body Has Something To Tell You This Weekend…

Listen to your body

The weekend is almost here, the finish line is waiting for you… you can do it!

If you’re crossing the line feeling a little worse for wear and carrying the load of the week on your back – your mind and body are probably calling out for some well-deserved rest…..however you have other plans.

There’s that amazing party tonight, spin class tomorrow morning, followed by lunch with friends, shopping, some work in the afternoon, drinks in the evening, your nieces birthday on Sunday and then dinner at your parent’s house. You’re exhausted just thinking about it, but it’s nothing that a bit of coffee and concealer can’t fix, right?

But then the next week comes and follows a similar pattern and the coffee and concealer aren’t doing the job and you feel a cold coming on. Sound familiar?

Why don’t we listen to our body when it’s telling us to slow down? We often think we can trick it into thinking we’re fine, but the truth is your mind and body are connected, so any stress felt in your mind, will also be felt in your body and vise versa.

So this weekend, if you feel your mind and body are begging for some respite, listen to what their synchronized little voices are saying! Even if you can only squeeze in an hour or two – your body will thank you for it!

Here’s a few of our favorite ways to give our mind and bodies a little lovin’:

  • Cancel any early morning classes or activities – wake up naturally, then treat yourself to breakfast in bed and snuggle up with a book. Don’t entertain any feelings of guilt for not going to that spin class!
  • Get in touch with nature – go for a walk in your favorite park or if you can, escape to the countryside or to the beach for a few hours. It’s amazing how quickly the cares of the week float away after a hike or when watching a sunset and becoming mesmerized by its beauty. Not only is this good therapy for the mind and body, it’s these precious moments where some of the best dreams or plans are born.
  • Avoid emotionally draining or negative people. Perhaps you have plans with a friend or family member who has a tendency to complain about their life in great detail every time you meet. After two coffees and a piece of cake with them, you end up leaving feeling deflated and heavy – and that’s not from the post sugar and caffeine come down either! Cancel your plans with them and stay at home and make yourself a cake instead!
  • Eat well and laugh with someone you love. Go to your favorite local restaurant with someone special and spend the afternoon putting the world to rights, eat some good food and most importantly, laugh!

What are your best ways to unwind? Tell us what sends you to your happy place!” via Listen Up! Your Body Has Something To Tell You This Weekend….

Health Effects of Caffeine

Infographic List via Health Effects of Caffeine [INFOGRAPHIC].


Coffee Happiness

“Ever since the 15th century, people have been drinking that oh so stimulating bitter drink of choice, coffee.  In the morning, there’s nothing quite like it to put a spring in your step.  Is coffee good for you?  The evidence is a bit mixed.  Caffeine giveth and it taketh away—if insomnia is a big problem, you are better off without.  Anxiety can also be stirred up by a cup of joe.

But what does the research say about, say, depression and coffee?  A new piece of epidemiology from the Nurses’ Health Study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2011: Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women.

Some facts from the article—80% of the caffeine in the world is consumed as coffee.  Prospective studies of men and caffeine use showed a strong inverse association between coffee drinking and depression, with no association for tea or cola.  So the more the merrier, but forget those weaker brews. Three cohort studies in the past have shown an inverse relationship between coffee consumption and suicide.  In one Finnish study, there was a J-shaped curve, with those consuming more than 7 cups of coffee daily at somewhat higher risk of suicide, and those consuming moderate to very little coffee also at higher risk.  “Heavy” moderation (if moderation really means 7 cups of coffee a day…) was associated with the lowest risk.” via Coffee Happiness | Psychology Today.


A Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers….

Golf balls.

A friend passed this on with the admonition to share it with someone I care about. That would be you…

“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 beers…
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in
front of him.
When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty
mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the
jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls..
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured
the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space
between the sand.
The students laughed.
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children,
your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything
else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house
and your car.
The sand is everything else—the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no
room for the pebbles or golf balls.
The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never
have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children.
Spend time with your parents.
Visit with grandparents.
Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your spouse out to dinner.
Play another 18.
There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.
Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.
Set your priorities…..
The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer
The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’
The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend…”