Into the Woods

Vermont Woods December 2014

Vermont Woods December 2014

Soon this year will be over, and yet the woods remain…..



Time catches up, or maybe we just let go of time passing. One way or another we begin to deal with the passage of time. Be here now! that’s what we are told, experience the moment, stay focused be here now!!Ow Ow Ow ….. staying present when my mind spins is not always attainable. How have we ever done it? Even as infants we experienced massive knowledge, and transformation at a speed much greater than any other time in our life. So how do we every learn to slow down and contemplate? Does one need to go off on a month or year long retreat to learn to let-it-go? What’s the trick to keeping focused on the positive? I know that when I smile the world smiles back at me, and besides is feels better! But from moment to moment, how does one keep the smile grand? they say it has to do with what and who you surround yourself with. That what you receive, all that we are are a result of what we put out there. I am having some difficulty swallowing that one. Does this mean that I choose to live with the dysfunction that surrounds me? Did I choose to reside with others who experience mental illness because of my vibration that I put out there? Not so easy to ignore these questions. At best all I can do is contemplate…..Image


What is Juice Plus? the next best thing to fruits and vegetables

Juice Plus

I found out about Juice Plus, because I was looking to boost my daughter’s nutrition (or lack thereof) and learned that the company has a children’s health study, which means that kids can receive the product for free so long as an adult is taking it. This seemed like a no-brainer for me to get more whole food based nutrition into her (and my) body. The health study is required for participation (large scale multiyear survey) and the through the health study the Juice Plus Company has documented the effects of Juice Plus on children (kids from 4 – 24). What they found by a survey of 150,000 parents which shows that children who take Juice Plus+ are

  • Eating less fast food and more fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking fewer soft drinks and more water
  • Visiting the doctor less and attending school more

Indeed after 6 months on Juice Plus my daughter has had fewer missed school days due to the fact that she is not missing school due to chronic illness. I like that! Here is information on the study:

I’m benefiting too, as I am taking Juice Plus, my daughter and I are keeping on eye on our health together. It’s a win-win situation for us both! I am also impressed with the 31 published studies about the product documenting decreased damage caused by oxidative stress and aging, raised levels of antioxidants in the blood, building immune system function, reducing inflammation and damage to DNA and improving skin and gum health.

Here is a link to the published medical and scientific journals:

This is important to me, because so many companies make claims about their products without the research to substantiate their claims.

So what exactly is Juice Plus? It is simply fruits, veggies and berries concentrated… no sugar, no BS…. That’s it!

Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 25 different fruits, vegetables and grains.

Everyone wants to eat right and maintain a healthier lifestyle – whether you’re a busy mom hustling to feed on-the-go children, a business traveler trying to stay fit, or an active boomer keeping up with grandkids.

All of us try to eat better for good health, but a healthy diet is often a challenge. We simply don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. And that hurts our health and wellness.

Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day.

Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is all-natural and made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule so you can enjoy improved nutrition and wellness.

Remove the H20 from fruits and vegetables and what do you have left? Nutrients – including healthful antioxidants in the form of juice powders that can be put into a capsule. Juice Plus+ Orchard, Garden, and Vineyard Blend capsules contain juice powders from 25 fruits, vegetables, berries, and grains that offer whole food based nutrition, which is the core concept behind Juice Plus+ Research that shows Juice Plus+ can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

So what exactly is in these blends?

Orchard and Garden blend contains a wide variety of nutritionally dense fruits and vegetables reduced to juice powder. In the Orchard and Garden Blends, you can reap the benefits of 17 fruits, vegetables, and grains:

• Apple • Orange • Pineapple • Cranberry • Peach • Acerola Cherry • Papaya • Carrot • Parsley • Beet • Kale • Broccoli • Cabbage • Spinach • Tomato • Oat Bran • Brown Rice Bran

Or for an additional boost, Vineyard Blend, in conjunction with the Orchard and Garden blends, adds nutrients from nine berries, giving you a variety of 25 fruits, vegetables, grains, and berries.

concord grape, Blueberry, Cranberry, Bilberry, Raspberry, Red Currant, Black Currant, Elderberry,

Juice Plus+ was introduced in 1993, when most scientists and health professionals were only beginning to understand the importance of whole food nutrition. Juice Plus+ is not a substitute for eating fruits and vegetables. Juice Plus+ is not a medicine, treatment, or multivitamin. Juice Plus+ can help support

a healthy diet by offering a much wider variety of naturally occurring vitamins – along with other antioxidants and phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables – than traditional vitamin supplements.


Whole food based nutrition starts in orchards, gardens, and vineyards. Juice Plus+ combines the latest dietary guidelines and clinical research findings to create convenient whole food based nutrition, while consistently emphasizing that people need to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve their chances of living long and healthy lives.

Whole food based nutrition delivers powerful antioxidants that provide your body protection, because it relies on fruits and vegetables. According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants are “substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Examples of antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C and E and other substances. Many of these antioxidant substances come from fruits and vegetables.”

Fathers Day – 2013

Fathers Day

A Day to honor dads, and so it goes….

This day to promote paternal dignity and I’m pretty sure it’s not that easy to be a dad. I have observed many a dad, trying to keep, and ultimately losing their cool with the kids. But ahem, I digress on this day to recognize they guy in the family. Hell I know that the thousand of things that require a tool to fix, my partner, a dad, willingly whips out his…. tool and attends to them. It is poetry in motion to watch him with an almost feverish look on his face, get into the details of fixin’ stuff.

My dad was definitely Mr. Fixit, to the extent of piping air throughout the house with many opportunities to use the air powered tool of the day. As my brother Dick said a tad sarcastically “We got a lot of hot air in this house….we got air”. And now that my brother has a child of his own, on the brink of manhood, that he too has “air”. It must be genetic. My other brother Buck, as dad of brilliant young twenty-something’s just pushed himself to the limit in thin Air in the Colorado Mountains over five days of stamina and endurance while riding a bike in the Rockies (). I think we all clearly see strains of Bob in his tenacity despite years of trying to be rebellious. Finally my youngest brother, I was five when he was born so he truly is “my baby” brother. He has two mid-elementary children who are with their dad in the country and mom in the New York City, definitely somewhat radically different homesteads. He maintains a simmering calm so it seems, however beware when he is no longer calm, lots of hot air and energy coming out, something my dad had plenty of.

These thoughts are in no way meant to be disrespectful of dads; I am just having fun watching my brothers grow through “dad-hood” in reflection of how each of them walks through fatherhood in their own way, but without doubt definitive similarities to Bob, my dad.

Happy Fathers Day


Somehow the gradual build up to graduation takes me to another time and space. There it is right in front of me, the transition of all those teenagers out of American High School and into…. life.

While visiting Burlington High School this morning,  I was moved to tears at their presentation of learning slide show, which was set to a variety of popular club-like music. I was tapping my foot, getting into the scenery and next thing I know there are tears coming down my face and I can hardly breathe… Woah. What just happened? Was that some kind of flash back to my own (lost) youth? Or was it a deep yearning for my daughter who is so far away? What do YOU think.

I know the answer:)


I rarely get the chance to write here, seems as if so much has shifted over the past two years, and it seems like a shift is about to come again. I am expecting to once again undergo some major changes in my life.  I wonder why it is that I crave/require this shifting? I worry that my constant search for new experiences somehow undermines my stability. I am always looking for ways to be “out there”…..

So self focus comes my way again, and yet I strive to be selfless. I completely crave my daughter who I now see infrequently and the time together is never enough.

The winter is setting in up here in the North Country, and I am looking forward to hikes in the snow, with the rhythmic crunching of my footsteps, creating a dance with my push forward. There was a time, that I counted all my steps in some kind of neurotic ballet across the city of San Francisco. I’m sure it was due to my life in a dance studio nearly every waking moment. It seems that lately, when I throw back the rug and turn up the music, I am happiest! Alpine skiing also has the calming rhythmic affect on me, getting my groove on the slopes has a very calming and freeing affect on me, as long as my knees hold out.

So nourishment, on this next to last day of the year, bracing myself for things go come. Letting go of 2012, a year of hard lessons, and lots of deep breaths and yoga. Calming my nervous system and taking walks to keep the rhythm of my souls journey.

April Fools

I thought you were foolin when you drove off leaving me to connect the dots.

How many times does it take for ones soul to learn the lesson.

I thought I was the fool of the family, in our ship of fools. 

Turns out, I was not the only fool, heading toward the gang plank.

I, however, was the only one that jumped into the clear water and decided to 

hang with the fish for awhile.