Posts in the ‘Nature’ Category

Sweet Pea Serenity

During a recent visit to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I experienced the awesome sights, smells and sounds of nature every day: The colorful sandstone cliffs and Caribbean-blue waters at Pictured Rocks, the Lake Superior shoreline at Grand Marais making its way in sweeping curves along rocky beaches toward the sand dunes and sandstone cliffs, and the

Beauty in My Own Backyard

When confusion or pain seems to tighten what is possible, when sadness or frustration shrinks your sense of well-being, when worry or fear agitates the peace right out of you, try lending your attention to the nearest thing . . . Give your full attention over to the nearest patch of life–to how an apple

How to Treat a Tree

Trees do so much for us: Provide shade and fruit, purify the air, produce phytoncides, reduce erosion, offer branches for climbing and swinging . . . and much more. In return, it’s important to treat trees right. One particular practice–using mulch correctly– “could save the lives of millions of trees,” says garden designer Florence Boogaerts in

The 10 Essentials for Outdoor Excursions

SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011   The 10 Essentials for Outdoor Excursions   My husband and I hiked the Little Carp River Trail in the Porcupine Mountains on three separate occasions, trekking 11-14 miles during the course of the day. Each time, we believed we were prepared, especially the third time after I read about the

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2010   Take a Walk on the Wild Side   I’ve been thinking a lot lately about rivers, lakes and woods. They’re not just idle daydreams: My musings are meaningful. In the woods and by the water is where I need to be—permanently. Pining for the woods has a lot to do

Kayak Your Way to Wellness

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2010   Kayak Your Way to Wellness   …let the river take it all away the mad pace, the hurry the troubles, the worries just let the river take them all away flow away… -Natalie Merchant, “Where I Go,” Tigerlily “Why are you smiling?” my husband asked. I hadn’t realized that I’d been

Houseplants for Health

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2008   Houseplants for Health   Now that Indian summer has passed and November is showing its true colors (brown), it’s the perfect time to turn your attention to growing green things inside your four walls. Indoor greenery is good. Research, including NASA studies, show that common houseplants improve air quality. Houseplants absorb

Walk in Beauty

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008   Walk in Beauty   Experts who focus on physical health often say that walking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Experts who focus on mental and spiritual health site meditation as the primary path to wellbeing. This isn’t a contradiction. The two fit and

Take It Slow

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2008   Take It Slow   “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.“ -Ralph Waldo Emerson This weekend I met people who move slower than I do. When I told my husband this, he said, “So. They were going backwards.” Actually, they moved the way nature intended: At an even keel.

Nature Nurtures

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008   Nature Nurtures   “Nature and natural places just make us feel better. There is comfort and a feeling of calm that many of us talk about when we have wandered outdoors for some time.” – Clare Walker Leslie, naturalist and artist, in Drawn to Nature Recent research bears out what Clare

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