January 21, 2019

National Hugging day was started in Clio, Michigan in 1986. This feels like a fun and strange coincidence because I was born and raised in Michigan. I spent nearly 40 years in evidently,  the national hub of hugging. Now, I have the honor of teaching people of all ages how to hug themselves in my…

November 13, 2018

Many years ago while in Yoga teacher training I read an article in Psychology Today about how crossing your arms in a hug over the midline of your body confuses your brain and pain receptors, naturally reducing pain. I thought that was absolutely incredible and have worked self hugs into almost every one of my…

November 5, 2018

One of my favorite radio shows is All Things Considered on National Public Radio (NPR). Recently, they shared a remarkable story about a special invertebrate, Otto the Octopus.  Otto is a resident at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany. The intelligence of octopuses continues to astonish me.  I believe it will you too. Otto the…

October 19, 2018

The other day as we were walking our idolized canine family member Chloe, I spotted this tuft of St. Augustine grass that had pushed its way through the cement. It looked just like one of those motivational posters of courage, with a daisy bursting its way through the asphalt. But, this time it was different,…

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