Category fitness/health

Florida Earthskills Gathering 2017

Peacemaking: Cultivating peaceful interactions all the time

Peacemaking That was the title of the class that caught my attention as I looked through the classes being offered at the Florida Earthskills Gathering. Yes, there were other interesting classes – from Natural Dyeing to Knot Tying to Healing with Water. But peacemaking spoke to me. That’s what led to me sitting in a […]

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Tree leaves provide different looks for nature trail

What a remarkable day in May for Florida. The weather system that caused the closing of roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to fallen trees and the possibility of snow on mountain tops brought a beautiful day to Florida. Cool temperatures and enough breeze to mean no insects. A great day to check out […]

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Celebrating Earth Day by cycling on Hawthorne Trail

Earth Day was just the day to renew my Florida State Park card and then put it to use by visiting one of the nearby state parks to cycle on the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail. The trail is a converted railroad track that goes through woods and prairie and includes a few hills. I saw pileated woodpeckers, […]

Barcelona Olympic track

Running on the Barcelona Olympic track — my goal

“What’s something special you’d like to do in Barcelona?” That was the question I was asked by my travel companions as we planned our time in Barcelona. I remembered watching the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, with a flaming arrow being shot to light the Olympic torch at the Olympic Stadium and the majestic views of […]

Rhododendron in snow, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking in snow

I had planned to be writing a blog post today for the Friends of the Smokies blog about the March Classic Hike of the Smokies. But the hike was postponed until later in March due to inclement weather – with US Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road closed due to snow and ice and with other roads and […]

De-stress: Run, bike Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail

I just received my Hike 100 Challenge pin in the mail. The pins were sent to the more than 2,300 hikers who completed the Smokies Hike 100 Challenge in 2016 as part of the Centenniel Celebration of the National Park Service. I’m so glad I could be part of that hiking experience. I love hiking […]

Dr. Henry Heimlich dies - NPR coverage

Heimlich maneuver: Dr. Henry Heimlich’s special gift to us

Now is the time of year when many of us have been looking for those last special gifts for family and friends. This blog post is a reminder that we all have the potential to receive a special gift from Dr. Henry Heimlich — the ability to save someone’s life or to have our own life saved. The Heimlich […]