Summer Fun on a Budget

July 16, 2011 at 5:00 am

It’s no secret that things have been a little tight in the money department for everyone lately. The good thing about that is that you’re not alone. Since everyone is in the same boat, it’s time to remember the days when you were young and you had the whole summer off from school and you and your friends always found things to do for little or no money at all. Weren’t those days fun?

No, you don’t have to hop on your bike and ride down to the local watering hole and swing from a tree rope, although you could. Still, there are some things you can do with friends and family that won’t break the budget that also happen to be tons of fun.

Outing at the Local Park

Depending on where you live, there are probably tons of public parks that have grills and tables, and some even have sprinkler parks or pools where you can cool off if it gets too hot. Grab some buns and burgers and pack a cooler. It’s a nice way to spend time together while getting away from the house and phone and all the reminders of things that stress you out. Some parks even have petting zoos, which always seems to thrill the little ones. Read More

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How to Stop Being Shy

July 12, 2011 at 5:00 am

Shyness is Nice, and Shyness Can Stop You… From Doing All the Things in Life You’d Like To

Have you ever been at a social gathering and had the impulse to speak to someone, but felt frozen and unable to make that first move or say that first word? Do you find your mouth filling with marbles every time you attempt to speak your mind? Do you possess a leonine confidence about certain accomplishments, but when you attempt to articulate them are instead overtaken by your inner mouse?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering, along with 40% of the population, from an affliction which has garnered much scientific attention. In fact, shyness has affected the lives of so many people that an institute has been founded in its honor. The Southeast Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University has, under the direction of Dr. David Carducci, conducted much research on the causes of and treatments for shyness. Read More

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Her-Moans, His-Moans, Hormones: Life After 50

July 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm
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If you’re reading this, it’s more than likely that you have already signed up for AARP—within the magazine and monthly newsletter for the almost senior and senior crew, there are many interesting articles about love, money and life…

Getting older with grace and dignity is something that us over-fifty crew are doing with flying colors. More and more, over-fifty folks are talking about love and life and how to make it all work without the energy of being a twenty-year-old. Heck I wouldn’t mind the energy I had at thirty, either.

The facts are, libidos change in both of the sexes. Men and women have many issues to deal with, as the body is not what it used to be, the mindsets are more stabilized, and it’s just not as easy to meet qualified people anymore. Read More

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Find Hope in Tragedy

July 9, 2011 at 5:00 am

How to Open Doors After a Loss

You lost your job. Your partner wants to break up. You and your best friend got into a fight and are no longer speaking to each other. When things like this happen—or when many of them happen at once—many people think, “Why me? Why am I being punished?”

It’s easy to give in to despair when bad things happen. As you’re going through rough times, it’s completely understandable that your first instinct is simply to run away and hide until things get better. But often when your life starts falling apart, you are actually getting a wake-up call from the Universe. Something in your life needs to change, and you are being given an opportunity to change it.

It’s okay to mourn the loss of your job or love relationship or friendship. But once the fog clears a bit, think about what you had. Read More

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Boomer Blues, the Generation Gap and Aging Gracefully

July 8, 2011 at 5:00 am

Exploring the Generation Gap

As I sat in front of the TV, slurping my “Skinny Cow” ice cream, I watched the bevy of male beauties seduce the 20-something glamour girl who giggled her way into their hearts. On occasion, she attempted to say something profound, but who was listening?

“You’re so beautiful” he says. “You are everything I want in a woman.” (Familiar words… and I believed them every time… every single time… back in the day.) Just what she wanted to hear, as she sat there with her bare legs stretched out in front of him, hiding nothing. She tried to act intelligent, but come on… her limited experience was a clear drawback. At least to me it was, and to my 50-something friends. But I suppose not to her suitors. So, there it is… there is the generation gap.

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Attract Love Using Rose Quartz

July 6, 2011 at 5:00 am

Manifest Loving Energy in Your Life to Find Your Soulmate

The soft clear pinkish-rose hue of rose quartz immediately suggests its association with love. It can be a wonderful tool if you are looking to attract more love in your life, maybe even your soulmate! However, it’s said that if you want to attract love, you have to love yourself first. Rose quartz can balance and open your heart chakra to help you love yourself. When you fill yourself up with loving, positive energy, since “like attracts like,” even more love will be bound to come your way.

When you work with rose quartz with this intention, you are focused on your own energy. Ethically, you don’t have to worry that you are imposing your will on another. As another benefit, the focus on balancing your own heart chakra can bring healing and a greater sense of peace in other areas of your life. Read More

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Psychic Workout: Spiritual Scrapbooking

July 1, 2011 at 5:00 am
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Your Book of Shadows

A Book of Shadows is a journal and method of record keeping which documents your spiritual journey as a Wiccan. Also known as a grimoire, “Book of Shadows” is a fancy term that was created in the 1950s by Gerald Gardner, the “Father of Wicca.” Some have offered suggestions as to how this name was derived. Was it that spiritual writings, recorded in secrecy in the evening, required candle light or moon light, which would cast a shadow on the pages as the author wrote their entries? Or is it more synonymous with the concept of Freud’s term “the shadow side,” the dark side of the human personality?

Traditionally, in covens and pagan circles, a sacred “Book of Shadows” did not exist. Information was passed on from generation to generation through oral tradition. As illiteracy was an issue, and because of the sensitive nature of the information, it was preferred to eliminate any paper trail or record of heathen and punishable practices. Over time, spiritual records were created and discretely maintained. It was customary to pass information onto the next generation, but the book itself, would be burned upon the death of its owner. Read More

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Write Your Spiritual Autobiography for Growth and Recovery

July 1, 2011 at 5:00 am

No matter how many changes you go through in your jobs, homes, or relationships, one thread that remains constant in your life is your spiritual journey. By exploring and recording your unique spiritual life, you can become more aware of the people and places that have influenced you and understand your life’s purpose. In his book The Story of Your Life, Dan Wakefield describes various drawing and writing exercises to stimulate memories and help you connect your past to your present.

Childhood

Draw a picture of your favorite room in a home that you grew up in. It doesn’t have to be a good picture; it’s just for your pleasure. Recall where certain items were located, what the view from the window was like, the type of music you might have listened to there, what activities you participated in, and so on. When you are finished, write about a childhood spiritual experience. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an experience that happened in a church or temple; it can be any moment when you felt connected to a higher power or one with the universe. Or it could be an early time of spiritual crisis and doubt. Read More

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