A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. - Frank Crane This about sums it up, doesn't it? Friendships ebb and wane, come and go. But the very best friends feel like an old shoe, a pair of comfy sweats, a cushy mattress. There's no pressure. There's no BS. There's no competition. You . . .
You've probably got a summer gift list, right? Birthday gifts, hostess gifts, just-because gifts--even condolence and get well gifts. Time to find just the right thing? You don't have it. You'd like to find just the right gift but maybe you've got a lot going on this summer and time to shop isn't . . .
Excuse this quick & dirty post but I thought my readers here might have birthdays or other special events coming up---and want to know about this special candle sale -- my gorgeous, hand-made soy candles with flowers, crystals & stones. It's good for just another day, but -- as a . . .
When I prepared for recent major surgery, energy healing played a big role. As I always say, if someone had told me that would be the case even a few years ago I would have looked at them blankly. But the fact is that many energy healing techniques have been used for thousands of years and even . . .
I've tried to stay as far away as possible from Marie Kondo's book on organizing, even though I badly need help. My brain just does not think in an organized way and it's truly painful for me to try to imagine organization schemes. But I couldn't help it. I was curious to see a couple of Kondo's . . .
I know too many of us who are completely overcome with anxiety over health matters. I know a little about that, too. And it's normal. Natural. But it can really rob us of the joy of living. Those anxious feelings, those health worries, have to go somewhere, but where? Over at A Healing Spirit I'm . . .
If you've got any boundaries at all, you've had experiences you'd define as intrusive. People having loud cellphone conversations in public and especially in closed places where it's difficult to escape. Like on the train. What IS that? Do they not get that we are hearing the entire conversation? . . .
It was an evening in 2003 and my BFF, her husband and mine joined me at a local art gallery to see an exhibition by the Boomer-era pop artist, Peter Max, and to meet him. He was delightful. Max is best-known for his pop art depictions of the flag, the Statue of Liberty and other more commercial . . .
It strikes me that Marie Kondo's method of assessing whether or not to keep a belonging--"does it spark joy?" works extremely well for relationships of all kinds--including friendships. That thought came up as I rested after recent surgery, considering the hundreds of virtual strangers--Facebook . . .
Downsizing has been on my mind a lot lately and that's probably because I'm past midlife and have accumulated way too much stuff. Wayyy too much stuff. So when Pivotal Home Solutions sent me this infograpic on how best to downsize, it resonated. Having watched friends do this, it's clear there is . . .
Gathered together we find our light and each spark shifts and multiplies, scattering its radiance on our ordinary lives, like everything precious, more valuable when shared. Like every common miracle, made of the stuff of stars. Let the light shine--watch for it falling one other’s faces. Count the . . .
This was my Instagram post on June 1. Do we always remember to let our strength shine? Or that we even have it? And probably more than one. A good reminder. To follow me on instagram click: https://www.instagram.com/cacassara/ . . .
Welcome to Crazytown, USA. We live in interesting times, as the Chinese proverb says. Maybe too interesting, if you ask me. Some strange, strange stuff going on. I blame Facebook. Why not? They're a perfect target. Anyone with an account can vomit up their thoughts and like upchuck, it ain't . . .
So. I don't have kids. That gives me a view that parents simply do not have. I know, you'll probably say it's an unrealistic view and I get it. I do. Even though I don't have kids, I see how some might think my thoughts are unrealistic. But I don't believe they are. M and I were talking the other . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOqoyov2fmg&t=44s It's common wisdom that stuffing our feelings about anything--including being sick-- is counter-productive. It's better to have a safe place to let those feelings out. Having gone through my own health scare this past spring, I know this all too . . .
History has the ability .... ...to transport us to another time and place--including our own past. The recent docu-series on serial killer Ted Bundy transported me instantly back to my days at Florida State University and his reign of terror in Tallahassee. Michael and I were in our first . . .
People in my close circle have diabetes. Even though they have been treated, some already have neuropathy, numb fingertips and toes, blood sugar that can fluctuate without warning--and more. So it's something you really don't want to NOT handle. And today, it's easier than ever to manage diabetes, . . .
Rebecca Olkowski with BabyBoomster.com was suffering from neck and shoulder tension from sitting at her computer and it was driving her nuts. She found some solutions to feel better she wanted to share in case you have a pain in the neck too. It can really be debilitating. The political scene has . . .
Sky diving. Under no circumstances will I EVER willingly jump out of an airplane wearing a parachute. Except under extreme emergency circumstances. My husband did it when he was in college, drunk and under peer pressure, but i'm here to tell you there is not enough drink in the world --or peer . . .
Our trip to Egypt might have been the very best trip I've ever taken. We went with Lindblad/National Geographic, and the trip was led by two Egyptologists who gave us history and context for what we saw. This was so helpful! In addition, our practical needs were handled. If you haven't traveled in . . .