Only YOU can save the earth

As I sit to write about the great outdoors and the beautiful summer upon us, I can’t go outside. 


Because there was a collision in the Houston ship channel last night that released 25 000 barrels of a petroleum product into the waters of Galveston Bay. By the time you read this, it may be a distant memory but when will we all realize it’s time to change our ways?

This particular leak involved Reformate a light, floatable and quickly evaporating product that spread a pungent odor over a large geographic area. It is colorless, flammable, toxic to marine life and a known human carcinogen but you won’t read that in the news. While it is often used for high octane fuels, it is also a raw material for plastic and plastic is fast becoming a planet-killer. With the odor still in the air, I am more awake than ever about my environmental choices and, today, I ask you about yours.

I've included some incredibly informative article links in the full blog (and all photos references).

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I'm an addict

I’ve had headaches, hot flashes, insomnia, nausea, anxiety, crying spells and a strange sense that I’ve misplaced something valuable. It’s only been 3 days and my husband has compassionately asked me if I should have weaned more slowly while whispering to the children that school is their sanctuary. 

This is not for the faint at heart!

Coffee can be a beautiful thing and I fully expect to bring it back into my life once my 21-day Quantum Wellness Cleanse (Kathy Freston) is over but only time will tell and, for now, I’m excited to research the pros and cons, coming back to why, on earth, I am doing this cleanse….

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Do something about it.

All positive global change has involved a strong presence from those willing to push boundaries. Abolishing slavery. Women’s right to vote. Equal pay for equal work.  Advocating change always starts with an opinion and a line in the sand. These trailblazers didn’t just respectfully say, “let’s agree to disagree.” They had vision, immense courage and took action, even when it wasn’t popular. Especially when it wasn’t popular.

To “BE the change” means caring for people but not caring about what people think. It means having deep conviction that no matter the outcome, doing nothing is not an option.

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Your Top 3 in 2019

I love this time of year and I take it very seriously. Many years ago, I had this horrible sensation that time was running out. My babies were growing up, my job was all-consuming with no real sense of fulfillment, my husband was busy living his dreams and I was starting to feel my age. Yet, I plugged away. Life had become one rote habit after another and, yet, in every sense of the word, I was “successful”. From the outside, I had it all. Most of the time, however, I was left wondering,

“Is this all there is?”

Some may call it mid-life, others a crisis, but for me it was a catalytic moment in time.

While we never really know why some things happen, what happened next was a true ignitor, launching me on a new trajectory and completely resetting my priorities. Not that I didn’t always put family first or believe that love was more important than money, but, until that moment, I was measuring my life by a stick that others had created.

And then it happened. A series of life events that led to the closure of my private practice, a forced reduction to part-time medical work, some threatening emails from people I respected and considered friends, many nights of confusion drowned out only by a river of tears and, as time would reveal, an opportunity of a lifetime. Not everyone is so lucky.

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