Monthly Archives: June 2011

Soquel Retreat

I had a wonderful yoga retreat last weekend.  All the while, being immersed in nature at Sequoia Retreat Center in Ben Lomond, I embraced the opportunity to stop and breathe, to be removed from the buzzing of parenthood, work, and other responsibilities.  It was amazing to meet several new friends, but my mind kept coming […]

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Push-Up Lizard

    When I was in grad school (Population Genetics was my focus), a friend studied Sceloporus, the Fence Lizard, which lives throughout this side of our nation, inclusive of Oregon and Washington.  Like other reptiles, Sceloporus is not good at regulating its body temperature, so it basks on sunny fences, rocks, and trails on […]

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Request, Don’t Complain

  Request, don’t complain.   This is marital advice I read in a magazine a while ago.  It really works to improve relationships when time is tight and the list of tasks is long.  The concept is elegant and logical – instead of complaining when another chore is added to the list or an event […]

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Can Do

Leave it to la Nina weather to instill a strong sense of “can do.”  With plants growing more lush with plenty of water thanks to the change in weather patterns, I am surrounded by the sense that given enough resources, life excels.  (Forget Me Nots, above)   Nature flourishing coincides with summertime opportunities that are […]

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