Giallovember 2018

We closed out Giallovember and as promised, I wanted to pass along Rob’s movie picks for the month. (Giallo + November=Giallovember, which is nestled neatly between Horror + October and the Holiday Classics/not-so-classics of December)   For those of you interested in movies or those of you tired of the drab selections on Netflix, …

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Our Holiday Traditions

Like many, fall is the season Rob and I love the most. The leaves change and drop, the high temps disappear, and the wildlife changes patterns. We sit quietly as Nature prepares for dormancy and we make our own preparations for the colder months ahead.

Being in Maine for nearly a year has taught us a great number of lessons. I take little for granted now, given power outages, new insects, failing wells, and erratic weather patterns. We now have a generator, a Water Bob filled with water in a spare bathtub, and plenty of snow-salt for winter. Studded snow tires are on next week’s agenda.

Fall was short this year, though no shorter than I remember it being in NC or NY… it’s never long enough, in my books.

Rob’s Horror-tober Picks

If you know Rob at all, you know he’s a horror movie fan. He doesn’t just watch movies or wear horror movie t-shirts though – he studies them. He knows multiple obscure movies and genres, studies directors, watches documentaries on filming and style, and researches the movie industry heavily. You may even know he’s written & directed a few short horror films of his own.

What you may not know is that every October is a special month for him…

Maine Leaf Peeping

There’s a delicate balance of people/nature, city/rural life here in Maine. As more and more Mainers pass along tips of their favourite “secret” getaway spots, I’ll keep sharing them with you! Happy fall season and a Blessed Samhain/All Hallows Eve to you!

IPDE – More Than Just a Clever Driving Technique

Whether you consider IPDE as a driving lesson, a martial arts defense move, or futuristic view is irrelevant. What’s important is to look for opportunities, predict where and how they may occur, decide how you’ll react in each version of your future reality, and then actually take that leap.

Fall Equinox in Western Maine

Western Maine boasts some of the most amazing mountains and geography I’ve ever seen, comparable to my years spent in Western North Carolina, around the Asheville area. Since it’s been a few months since I’ve sent an update on the landscape of this beautiful state, I thought I’d take this time to share a few pics from our anniversary weekend with you. These are a few photos from the Greenwood/Newry, Maine area – a stretch of glacial magic called Grafton Notch State Park. Note: it’s only 3 of the sections on the outskirts of this beautiful park, so there will be more exploring and pics for you to see at a later date.

Learning to Say No

It has to be the hardest 2-letter word in the English language. At least that’s my opinion. It’s something a therapist taught me to say over 15 years ago when I was going through my divorce. He had me read “Saying No Without Feeling Guilty,” a book I now recommend frequently, especially to women. …

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Distractions Meme

It’s Not All About You

Our distractions and lack of discipline don’t just affect us as individuals. It’s actually time we stop thinking about ourselves all the time. Narcissism is a horrible trend social media and smartphones have exacerbated. I can’t tell you how freeing it was to actually lose my account and not look at endless selfies and useless stories/TV channels now available on Instagram. Yeah, we take too many pictures and videos of ourselves – occasionally, it’s OK. But not every. Single. Day. Multiple times, for some people. 

Essential Oils 101

In an effort to responsibly educate people on essential oils, I hosted a “Learn & Play Organic Essential Oil Workshop” at a New York library in 2017. In this interactive workshop, I explained the importance of using ORGANIC essential oils, as well as how to properly research their origin and labeling. Patrons made their own essential oil spray blend to be used on clothing, linens, in the car, or just as an air freshener. I also explained the precautions of essential oils, which I find is an often-neglected area.

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