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How’s your sleep hygiene?

Sleep is a hot health topic these days. A lot of women struggle to get a good night's sleep — especially moms and those of us aged 50 plus. I thought I had a pretty good pre-sleep routine in place,…

A lesson in mindfulness from the Coffee Queen

I sit with my friends Ruth and Warren and our kids on low wooden plank benches. The ground beneath our feet is swept dirt between a tiny house made of mud and reeds, and an open outdoor wooden structure which…

Sidewalk Wisdom

Walking my doggy around the block in my new/old neighborhood led me to this beautiful series of chalk messages this week. What a fantastic gift for those of us walking up the hill from the beach, right at the steepest…

Setting A Deadline

It's so easy to put things off. Take my last two weeks. I haven't posted here, even though I fully intended to. I even had posts photographed and written. I had some great excuses — I moved house among other…

Moving into creativity

Writing is a sedentary activity. So are a lot of other creative pursuits. For me, getting my body moving can really shift my mood and loosen up ideas. But I am often guilty of hunkering down and not moving for…

When things go wrong…

My house - tented There have been a whole lot of little annoyances at my place in the past two weeks. It wasn't anything big or terrible, just a collection of inconvenient, time-consuming things that started us wondering what we…

White Girl In Nepal

When gorgeous Aussie actress, Bojana Novakovic traveled to Nepal following the devastating earthquakes and aftershocks earlier this year, she took her camera with her. The quakes triggered avalanches both on Mount Everest, killing at least 19, and in the Langtang…

5 Delicious DIYs

Once a month, I get to sit with a bunch of women and men, many who are friends, and play - we draw, we paint, we sculpt. It's such a cool  break from our everyday lives. We take the lessons…