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Mount Ascutney, Vermont September 23, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, People, Sustainable Living, Travel & Leisure.
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I’ve never skied Mt. Ascutney (no big surprise, right?), but I’ve hiked it in the summer.

Many times.

Here’s how the town of Windsor (next town over from where Dad grew up), saved the mountain’s accessibility for the community.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Earth Optimism September 21, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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Change is happening . . . sometimes for the good!

Aah . . . that’s better!

To learn more:  Earth Optimism (Smithsonian Conservation Commons)

Godspeed RBG! September 20, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Gratitude, People.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg transformed the landscape of America, increasing gender equality and acting as a moral compass for her brethren on the Supreme Court.

She rocked!

If you want more insight, I recommend two recent films ~ RBG and On the Basis of Sex.

She stood for equal rights for all.

Aah . . . that’s better!

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby! September 6, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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We got a wink from the Universe today . . .

This morning around ten, while we were swimming, BFF wanted to know if YouTube would have In A Gadda Da Vida available for a listen.

I assured him it would.

We went about our day.

As dinner approached, I found myself in the kitchen chopping potatoes, onions, cabbage, and peppers for Scalloped Potatoes.  BFF asked if I wanted some chopping music.

“Sure.”

He turned on the TV, clicked to the Music Channels, and selected Classic Rock.

I said, “Hey, maybe they’ll play In A Gadda Da Vida for you.”

BFF scoffed at the idea.  “They’ll never play it.  It’s too long.”

After getting the potatoes in the oven, I returned to my office to handle some paperwork.

Fifteen minutes later, BFF said, “You are NOT going to believe this . . . Classic Rock just started playing In A Gadda Da Vida!

I laughed at the synchronicity and mystery.

We have never heard it played before when we tuned in to Classic Rock.

So, why today?

Was it already in the works, causing the Universe to whisper in my ear what was coming down the pike?

Did I manifest the song by suggesting it might be played this afternoon (when we have NEVER heard it before on the Classic Rock channel)?

Did the Universe hear BFF’s inquiry this morning and “suggest” to the station that they play In A Gadda Da Vida this afternoon?

Who knows?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Thoughts on Thoughts August 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Only one thing stands in the way of our happiness.

The thoughts that we think.

Need some pointers?

The NY Times has a great article on How To Be Happy . . . which starts (and ends) with managing the thoughts we think:

Practice Optimism

Optimism is part genetic, part learned. Even if you were born into a family of gloomy Guses, you can still find your inner ray of sunshine. Optimism doesn’t mean ignoring the reality of a dire situation. After a job loss, for instance, many people may feel defeated and think, “I’ll never recover from this.” An optimist would acknowledge the challenge in a more hopeful way, saying, “This is going to be difficult, but it’s a chance to rethink my life goals and find work that truly makes me happy.”

When we accept life as it is with cheerful indifference, nothing disturbs us.

We stop struggling against the current and allow things to be as they are.

We just go with the flow.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Happiness August 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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Don’t fall into an abyss of “what ifs.”

RELAX . . . Nothing is Under Control.

Success is not the key to happiness . . . happiness is the key to success.

Enjoy less, more.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Social Distancing Can Be Squirrely August 15, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Humor.
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Image posted by wmsquirrel to Twitter

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

To read about the extra precautions William & Mary is taking as students return to campus for Fall Semester:

New Students Arrive To Welcoming W&M Community

An Internet Portal July 29, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Getting tired of the same old view out your window?  Visit Window Swap & turn your desktop into a calming portal to somewhere else.

In just moments, you can be transported to India, Spain, Belarus, the UK.

You might even enjoy a cat’s eye view out of a window in Qatar!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Let There Be Music July 27, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Music & Dance.
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Listening to music is good for your mood . . . and your health!

“Studies have shown that music can buoy your mood and fend off depression. It can also improve blood flow in ways similar to statins, lower your levels of stress-related hormones like cortisol and ease pain.

“Listening to music before an operation can even improve post-surgery outcomes.”

To learn more:  Is Listening to Music Good For Your Health? (TIME)

Music is especially good for your health if you ZUMBA while listening!

“The workout-in-disguise has unique physical and mental health benefits. [One] study linked Zumba’s hip-swinging, stomach-gyrating movements to increased core and trunk strength and better balance in older overweight women. After just eight weeks, the women’s quality-of-life scores jumped 9% and their self-esteem increased 16%.

“A related study on Zumba’s psychological benefits found that people who practice it feel more independent and said that their lives seemed more purposeful.”

To learn more:  Why Zumba is Insanely Good Exercise (TIME)

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

What A Feeling! July 21, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance.
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The other day, an unprompted “thought” bubbled up from inside (perhaps from my heart chakra?), accompanied by a sense of grounded well-being.

“WOW! What a great life I’ve had.”

Reflecting back to that unscripted heart-felt moment of gratitude, even days later, makes me smile.

Of course, lots of things make me smile, including this amusing moose!  

Aah . . . that’s better!