Saturday, June 22, 2013

Life moves forward... always in the Now.

It's so beautiful here in the Carolinas... not much could really be finer. We have been getting a lot of rain. I heard Neptune was aligned with our planet in 2013, (ruled by Venus) and this was the cause. My plants and the frogs are loving it.

I have been listening to Kevin Trudeau's Your Wish is Your Command CD Series. It is definitely pushing my envelope a bit. I have identified the pattern - you know the one: You want to do something, and something is holding you back? You don't acheive it. Guess what? It's our "own" minds that are blocking our good with negative thoughts... what we believe, we will achieve.

We are in a land of abundance and more than enough, yet we oftentimes focus on what we believe we lack. And thinking about what we believe we lack all the time, we then create more lack. Let's all knock it off!

A new healthy habit could be cleaning up our thoughts and developing lighter, easier thoughts to take their place. This Habit costs nothing - nothing but time listening to and changing our inner dialog... changing limiting and fearful lacking thoughts to ones of being GRATEFUL, and visualizing what you DO want! It can be quite a challenge for some and even myself in some traffic situations.

Smoothie bliss!!! I have discovered a new smoothie I am loving! Pineapple has been a good price lately. I love having it in my smoothies.

Pineapples are an excellent source of natural nutrients as well as dietary fiber. This fruit is a great source of natural enzymes that helps break down proteins for digestion and can even help prevent certain diseases like cancer and cardiac illnesses. The pineapple is also low in saturated fat and a great source of manganese and vitamin C. A serving size of about a cup of pineapple cut into chunks (165 g) contains the following nutrients:

Delicious Pineapple Nutrition
Bromelain – as mentioned before, pineapples are rich in enzymes, and one such enzyme is bromelain. This natural enzyme will help break down foods to facilitate digestion; it can remove debris in the digestive tract as well as toxins that can prevent certain diseases. Bromelain also increases the body’s recovery from injuries and helps reduce inflammation. This enzyme is used as a popular supplement among dieters and athletes who would like to develop a leaner, trimmer and healthier figure.    Manganese – this nutrient is essential for improving bone strength and making blood healthier; it can help in bone formation, wound healing, and it contributes to healthy skin and hair. When manganese interacts with zinc, calcium and copper, it can significantly reduce osteoporosis in older women.
    Vitamin C – pineapples are great sources of vitamin C. This vitamin is needed in the natural formation of collagen to help grow new skin, blood vessels and bone. Needless to say, vitamin C also helps increase the body’s resistance to infections and illnesses especially the common cold.  A glass of pineapple juice or a small bowl of pineapple chunks is enough to provide you more than your average daily requirements of vitamin C.
    Thiamine (vitamin B1) – this vitamin is important in the development of energy through the breakdown of carbohydrates. It is also essential in making the nervous system healthier and improves the functions of muscles and nerve endings. Pineapple is a rich source of vitamin B1 as well as foods like meat, poultry, green leafy vegetables and whole grains.
    Dietary fiber – this fruit is loaded with fiber which is great for a healthy heart and blood vessels. Fiber helps sweep the colon clean, decreases blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.

Pineapple in Traditional Medicine
Centuries before the nutrients of the pineapple were discovered, there were cultures that used the fruit in traditional medicinal applications. This fruit is known to have natural anti-inflammatory properties and is an effective anthelmintic. It can reduce the symptoms of rheumatism, like joint pains and the swelling and reduction of joint movement. The pineapple has also been used for children who are infected with parasitic worms. Just a cup of pineapple will help remove worms in the digestive tract immediately. From:

Thai Basil!
I added to the pineapple,  coconut water, baby kale, stevia, flax, msm, and the secret ingredient! Thai basil! You know, that plant you always buy every year and then don't know what to do with it. It is wonderful with pineapple and greens! Try it out for yourselves - a large sprig or less/more to taste : ) Regular basil or Lime Basil is lovely also.

And! Beet greens are so beautiful to add to any smoothie. Our liver loves these greens too!

Beet Greens, raw:
The good: This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

The bad: This food is very high in Sodium, so use caution.
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I recently decided that my homemade french press coffee cozy is good enough. Was thinking about developing a "cozy", sewing it up and marketing it. This idea (shown) works "good enough" to keep my coffee warm longer... Use a kitchen towel and a big clip. LOL!

My friend Laura reminded me this spring about using Toilet Paper rolls as little pots for plant starters. You cut them in half, cut 4, 1/4" slits on one end and fold them in like closing a box where you tuck the last end under the 1st. Add good dirt, they work great and can go right into the ground as is. They biodegrade. I have been saving big plastic bins from spinach. They have lids and act like mini-greenhouses for the baby plants.

Well that's it for today's blog. I wish you the most fun you can have-

Resplendence happens!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Feels like Summertime! How can it get any better than this?

Hi again you all,

Another perfect day in paradise : )

Been awhile. I have been busy settling into some new patterns: forming new co-creative business associations, designing new graphic and web projects (, new ways to create income, screenwriting classes, writing a plan for a new business, video projects, gardening... Lots of doing and not so much just being. Today, I will wander up the road to the community pool, Rick Reardon hero book in hand, to sit and relax... Ahhhhhh summer!

So much going on! A dear friend in Chicago has formed an organization to support Single Payer Health Care: I am for it! As many of us know, when the monetary going gets tough (as is the case for so many at this time), healthcare becomes a huge burden - and with many, their lives depend on getting the medicines and care that their bodies need, just to keep living.

Imagine a world where everyone gets equal care and money is not the determining factor. It's a cause and way of life that is worthy of our attention. My Chicago friend Sue also directed me to a local group in the area: WNC Health Advocates, Leslie Boyd. She has a great blog also: Leslie mentioned a Doctor in Asheville locally, who has decided not to take insurance anymore. You pay a set 1st visit cost and each visit thereafter is $50. I just emailed her. I want to be able to support docs who are charging in this way - it's the new paradigm

Just like "donation-based" yoga classes. Pay what you can,if you don't have ANY, you can always come practice anyway. EVERYONE is included. That's one way to effect change - locally... At local restaurant, Rosetta's, their policy is "everyone eats". If you don't have money, you can go there and they will feed you. They also have a reduced price menu... most items are $5 or $6.

Anyway, my friend Sue is creating a single-payer healthcare demonstration to put the word out and she will be traveling across the country in 2014 to spread the word. I have a dream running in my head that I will be able to procure a RV and gas/food money and be her driver/video person for the duration of her journey. If you can help us with this dream in ANY way for 2014, shoot me an email.

Onto everyday concerns...

As per my last posted blog in Feb., I was talking about healthier dryer sheet options. I threw out the unhealthy sheets that my roomie had and replaced them with Mrs. Meyers brand. These work great to get rid of the static - leave clothes scented nicely. My roomie liked them alot. At $8 for 80 sheets, that should last 6 to 8 months for one person. Well worth the additional cost.

Then, I went to Michael's craft store and purchased 1 skein of 100% wool yarn. I wrapped the yarn into balls, stuffed them into the legs of an old pair of panty hose, and washed/dried on super hot, as described in the last blog. The balls felted nicely. I added some essential oils that I purchased from Wicklow Fragrance in Hendersonville, NC. I decided on "Rain" scent - very clean. I added a few drops to the yarn balls and dried my clothes. I didn't notice any reduction in static, but the clothes smelled very nice and looked less wrinkled. I Really like using them too. Feels very organic - a fun experiment : )

I have been enjoying nature and the peace of the country. The chickens are laying eggs and enjoying their lives, spotted a lunar moth the other day, baby goslings in the lake (I said a quick prayer that they would escape any snapping turtle predators).

Well, thanks for reading. I hope your summer is going great... not even really summer Yet... sure feels like it though.

I hope you have a beautiful day-
Resplendence Happens!