Ljg 20156. Originally photographed in the late 1980s.
So a few weeks ago, I accidentally bought a pair. My only defense is that they looked just like regular athletic pants. Being too busy to drive back to Target to return them, I told myself that they are “just for inside– lounging around and sleeping.” Well, except I overslept this morning and in that gray period between good intentions and taking action, I knew if I took the time to change out of the leggings into my regular active wear, I would talk myself out of doing my morning power walk. So I didn’t change out of them. “After all,” I told myself, “it is 4:45 am. No one is going to see me in my leggings.” (You know where this is going….) I ventured out — not only in the dreaded leggings but in a SHORT tee-shirt that covered NOTHING in the caboose area.
USUALLY, there is no traffic at this time of the night/morning. But NO, not THIS morning. I came to a four-way intersection and–you guessed it– cars from multiple directions with high-beam headlights converged right as I was crossing. They could see EVERYTHING.
And, yes, they saw things they could not un-see.
So, I just sighed, waggled my behind at them, and kept on walking.
I joined a couple of hundred of my fellow employees to watch the eclipse. We are outside the “path of totality”, but even so, it was mighty cool to see a crescent sun.
What I found almost as amazing as watching this celestial event and all the mesmerized watchers is the fact that all across the country millions of divided and feuding people put aside their differences for a couple of hours.
Now why can’t we do that all the time?
Yes, yes, I used filtered glasses….
LGloyd (c) 2017
Every Autumn when the weather starts to cool down and I begin to interact with more people on the day-job, I inevitably come down with a bad head cold. This year I thought I would start early — last March to be exact — in developing ways to build my immune system. One of those ways was to make a batch of what I call “winter tonic.” This is an old folk remedy with many names. I am going to start taking a daily teaspoonful dose in hope that this spicy concoction will minimize my acquisition of a nasty cold. Or is it decoction? Maybe it might be a type of tincture? Whatever… a jar has been sitting in my refrigerator all spring and summer so it is good and potent now.
When I made it last Spring, I mixed together chopped onion, garlic, fresh horseradish, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, honey, cayenne and star anise, put this all in a glass jar covered with apple cider vinegar and let sit in the refrigerator for a month. I then strained the solids out of it. At that point it was ready for consumption. I have to admit that at the very least it will clear sinuses — or be put to use as a salad dressing. I will see about the immune-boosting qualities as the season progresses.
I got this recipe from a master herbalist:
To accomplish this, I have assembled individuals and resources in a partnership. My partners in this program include my Western medical doctor, a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine who is also my herbalist and nutritionist, my yoga instructor, my pastor, my spiritual director who has a background in counseling, a work-related wellness coach who leads a group of us in weekly guided meditation, and several supportive friends and colleagues.
In addition to these individuals, I access the writings and videos of other experts in these areas, and, most importantly, I draw on the wisdom of the ancient Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
These partners in this program never interact with each other. They are separate entities that I dovetail into a working whole.
Picture, if you will, a wagon wheel with me at the center and these individuals and resources as spokes in that wheel. The rim of the wheel is the Divine Spirit which for me through my faith tradition is Jesus. Without this rim, the wheel will not roll. I am convinced that without his presence and guidance this program will not work and this partnership would fall apart.
It has not always been easy, and there have been some setbacks, but I will keep this wheel rolling as long as I possibly can.
Mandala image created in Photoshop and Illustrator. I believe the calligraphy means “wellness”.