Wednesday, August 16, 2017

An invitation

“There's no need to wait for the bad things and the bullshit to be over. Change now. Love now. Live now. Don't wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won't.” ~Kris Carr

 Cranbrook Gardens / Cindy La Ferle

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Focusing on the positive

"I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable. But through it all, I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." ~Agatha Christie

Treasure hunting in Detroit / Cindy La Ferle

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Truth in art and poetry

"All our silences in the face of racist assault and bigotry are acts of complicity." ~bell hooks

"Loss" by Tad McKillop, photographed at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art / Cindy La Ferle

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Farm-fresh produce

“True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington.”  ~Global Healing Center

Fresh produce from the Clawson Farmer's Market / Cindy La Ferle

There are a couple of farmer's markets near our home in Royal Oak, which means there's no excuse for us to go without fresh, Michigan-grown produce this time of year. While I shop the produce aisles year 'round at local grocery stores, I can't think of anything more delicious than the taste of farm-grown fruit and veggies when they're in season. 

For most of my life, I've favored a plant-based diet. Both cardio-vascular disease and diabetes run in my family, so I pay careful attention to what I eat -- and I read everything I can find (from a variety of sources) about healthy nutritional practices. As Dr. Andrew Weil suggests, healthy eating is a lifestyle choice -- not a "diet" that you follow when you need to lose weight. Dr. Paul Ehrmann, my own family physician, supports my preventative-care efforts and has always encouraged eating a clean diet and practicing a regular exercise program. 

The bounty shown in the photo above came from the Clawson Farmer's Market at the city park, which is much smaller than our market in Royal Oak. But we always manage to find some good things there, and, as a bonus, we can walk Coco on the trail after we shop for fresh produce. My favorite way to spend Sunday mornings!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Inner peace

“Remember: The entrance door to the sanctuary is always inside you." 

Cranbrook House & Gardens / Cindy La Ferle

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

How to be yourself

"Whenever you choose to pull back, say less, or restrain your magnificence to survive in a relationship, this spells trouble. The next opportunity you have to spend time with this person, ask yourself: Will I have to shrink to make this work, or is this a situation where I can grow?" ~Marc Chernoff

Ginko tree at Cranbrook Gardens / Cindy La Ferle

Today's quote got me thinking about being authentic in our relationships. Of course, there's a huge difference between being brutally honest and expressing our truth with tact and diplomacy. 

But how often do we refrain from saying what we really think in order to keep the peace -- or to ensure that others will like us? How often do we give in to those who take vicious delight in challenging us? How often do we underplay our own accomplishments to keep from overshadowing someone else? How often do we stifle our opinions or stoop to make other people feel taller? 

How much time do we spend with people who talk nonstop about themselves and rarely express interest in us?

And why would we give others permission to make us feel less than who we are?

As Chernoff's quote suggests, there's something "off" in a relationship that makes us feel judged or restrained. We're wise to seek out the company of people who are so comfortable in their own skin that they make us feel equally comfortable in ours. ~CL

Monday, August 7, 2017

A beautiful birthday week

"People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou

Birthday flowers from a friend / Cindy La Ferle 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Appreciating all we have

"One of the most difficult things for us to accept is that beneath all our dreams and disappointments, we live and breathe in abundance. It is hard when we're in pain to believe that all we ever need is before us, within us. And yet it is true." ~Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

Lake Michigan / Cindy La Ferle

Friday, August 4, 2017

Being in harmony

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
Garden at Greenfield Village / Cindy La Ferle

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Knowing when to stop

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ~attributed to Albert Einstein

Just Dessert / Cindy La Ferle