Enough books to say Good Night
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M is for Moderation

This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can a we live with problems?  Sure, moderation is wise. But... Isn't moderation a church-lady, finger-pointing, tsk-tsking spoiler of fun? In order to live well with chronic pain, I've had to learn to pace myself, to put on the… Continue reading M is for Moderation

Let it go; forgive and give life.
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L is for Let-it-go

  This is part of a series of an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything: L is for Let-it-go! I've been stepped on. Bruised. Trounced. Crushed. What's my initial, instinctive, human response? I'm shocked-- how could they?  I'm in attack mode-- those nasty blankety-blanks, I'm gonna show them why they are so wrong. I relive what they did to me. I… Continue reading L is for Let-it-go

innovation solves problems
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I is for Innovation–living well, despite everything

This is part of a series of an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything: I is for Innovation. There will always be at least one apparently valid excuse, and a dozen more rationalizations, in defense of why it just isn't possible to do what I want to do, ought to do, or hope to do.… Continue reading I is for Innovation–living well, despite everything

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H is for Hot Bath: living well, despite everything

This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can a we live with problems?  A hot bath is good remedy for practically everything that might go wrong. Allow me to not get all medical-statistical about why it is good to frequently draw a pleasantly hot bath (not… Continue reading H is for Hot Bath: living well, despite everything

Grow scarlet runner beans
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G is for Grow: living well, despite everything

This is part of a series of an alphabet of help for living well, despite everything: G is for Grow. Do you want to live well? Then grow, despite everything. Grow something to eat. I began by nurturing a pot of basil on my windowsill. Added a pot of rosemary and cilantro. Next, I planted scallions, radishes and leaf lettuce in… Continue reading G is for Grow: living well, despite everything

Tracy Lee Karner
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F is for Food, glorious food! living well, despite everything

Food," says Rosetta, owner of Rosetta's Kitchen in Asheville, NC, "is the physical embodiment of prayer."** ** in Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual memoir of Food and Faith by Fred Bahnson Food nourishes us; it facilitates healing and creates community. All five of our senses are involved in the enjoyment of food. So how did food become such a problem… Continue reading F is for Food, glorious food! living well, despite everything

When is enough wine, enough?
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E is for Enough: living well, despite everything

How much is enough? Americans spend over $2-trillion annually on traditional and alternative healthcare. And in our never-ending quest for a healthy, happy life, we fork over a sizable bit of our income for healthy food and dietary supplements, sports and exercise, therapists and spas. We spend kazillions on pleasures--entertainment, travel, gourmet indulgences... we part with all… Continue reading E is for Enough: living well, despite everything

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D is for Dance: living well, despite everything

Dance springs from a natural desire to express ourselves, and through that expression, to connect socially with those around us, to celebrate, to sway, step, twirl and leap on our common ground. What happens to a toddler when music engages her? She hears and she instinctively moves her body rhythmically and expressively. She smiles at… Continue reading D is for Dance: living well, despite everything

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C is for CBT: living well, despite everything

This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question--How can a person live well despite problems?  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps people think healthier. Healthy thinking sets us free to live a good life in all circumstances and situations, no matter what problems we're facing. If you… Continue reading C is for CBT: living well, despite everything