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Bed-Camp is the beginning of, and an important part of, the process of learning how to nurture yourself, of being as kind and attentive to yourself as you are to others, of making every day life easier to deal with, and enjoying it more.

A full day in bed by yourself to clear your head, hear your heart beat and just relax and focus on yourself is just the beginning. Finding moments in everyday life to stop and pause, take care of and appreciate yourself, is the bigger, and more important, challenge. Let us help you.

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Summer’s End

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The setting sun now slips away minutes before 7:00 PM. Days are getting shorter. This is the last weekend of the summer. I give in. Done. Squeezed in everything I could. Enjoying some good memories this weekend, making a few more, organizing my pictures and putting my linens away.

There are some bright spots — the humidity is down and there are better ‘hair days’, the air is crisp and great for walking and riding and, best of all, at least for those of us in NYC, most of the tourists have gone back home. Museums and theaters and the streets are ours to enjoy. Well, at least until Thanksgiving when the holiday tourists begin to arrive. But for now, we own the town and should enjoy it. New limited-run plays on Broadway, with marquee talents, have tickets for sale and seats available. Plenty to do indoors and out. Let the Fall begin!

Put Your Phone Away and LOOK UP!

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Running an errand recently in the East Village, I turned a corner and happened upon this glorious sight — reflections of other buildings and clouds on a glass building on Astor Place. Had to stop and just enjoy it for a few minutes, then took out my phone and snapped a picture.

It wasn’t lost on me that if I had been checking my mail or texting, I would have missed it. What a good reminder to be present in the space you’re in.

Don’t miss out on the good things. Leave the phone in your bag or pocket and enjoy the view…a good one will appear when you least expect it!

 

Catalog Clutter

If they haven’t already started, retailers are getting their mailing lists ready for the holiday season. I’ve found a great, free app that will easily get you off the lists you don’t want. With the PaperKarma app on your phone, you just snap a picture of the mailing label that shows your address and the sender’s, hit the ‘Use Photo’ or ‘Retake’ button, then hit the ‘unsubscribe me’ bar at the bottom of the next screen that pops up. That’s it! I’ve been using it all year and have found a noticeable decrease in my mailbox.

PaperKarma is available for the iPhone, Android and the Windows 7 phone. In addition to catalogs, it can also unsubscribe you on lists for magazines, coupons, credit card offers and fliers. It takes seconds and keeps the mail clutter out of your house!

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I Just Don’t Understand This

August is National Ice Cream Sandwich, Watermelon, Oyster, Root Beer Float, Zucchini, Soft Ice Cream and Peach Pie Month. There are also days that celebrate Brownies at Brunch, Catfish, Panini, Peaches and Sandwiches, among many many others. But no tomatoes. NO TOMATOES?!!!

Actually, October is National Tomato Month. That hurts, since the best of the season is over and we’re all searching for that lost fried green tomato recipe, hoping to prolong the season just a bit longer. It’s good but just not the same.

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For me, August is my tomato month. It is on my daily menu at some point during the day – good at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a mid-day snack. There isn’t a better time of the year to enjoy a delicious ripe tomato. Low in calories, rich in vitamins A and C and folic acid and an excellent source of nutrients and antioxidants. Fancy recipes aren’t needed. Eat them raw, mixed with other vegetables, in a fresh summer salad or cooked in a morning omelette. Slice and top with olive oil or basil or blue cheese or just salt and pepper. Rinse and just bite into one. Make your own mayonnaise, or not, bring your best bread to the table and make a sandwich, seasoned with just of bit of salt and pepper and maybe a few slices of crisp bacon. And what’s more refreshing on a hot day than a bowl of Gazpacho?

Having a bowl of ripe tomatoes on the counter will help make your summer meals healthy and delicious and you won’t believe how much time you’ll save. Take it easy in the kitchen. Keep it healthy, light, simple and tasty. No heat required…just lots of tomatoes!

It Takes Me 23 Hours to Awake Refreshed

I have fought my body clock for years and, for much of my adult life, didn’t get enough sleep. I just wasn’t tired enough, or ready, to get to bed at a reasonable hour. And I really didn’t want to. I love the quiet peacefulness of the night. Take away my clock and I will stay up two or three hours after midnight and wake up mid-morning…not at all reasonable for someone who has to get up early in the morning!
Finally, I’ve found a solution to getting enough sleep and waking refreshed. Though it takes me 23 hours of preparation, it’s working for me.
See my latest article posted today on Huffington about How This Night Owl Copes in an Early Bird’s World.
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Do You Love Your Job TOO Much?

It’s wonderful to have a job that you love. One that makes you happy and productive, with talented people you enjoy working with. A job that springs you out of bed early and pays you well. One that you don’t mind staying late for, giving up weekends for, hanging up your shoes for. One that is more satisfying than a good book, a creative hobby. One that reliably substitutes for family and friends and the potential for a romantic life. One that has taken possession of your life and soul and time and identity. Wait a minute….what?

If some things ring true, see my latest post – Do You Love Your Job Too Much? on Huffington

 

T-Time

T-Time. Not the kind you need clubs for. I’m talking about refreshing tea that is flavorful and iced and always seems to be in my hand during  the hot days of summer. We need to drink lots of fluids but water doesn’t satisfy the taste buds. Tea has enormous possibilities, as I’ve learned over the years. Look beyond the household staples and find a good decaffeinated tea to start with and be creative.

To my basic decaf tea, I’ll sometimes add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the brew. It’s savory and holds up to summer meals. Or, for a bit of citrus flavor, instead of adding a lemon or orange slice, I’ll pick a few leaves of lemon verbena – pictured below – from a plant in my courtyard and add it for a subtle bit of flavor. So delicious for a mid-afternoon respite. Mint, rose hips, lavender with chamomile…the choices are endless.IMG_3004

Lately, I’ve been brewing mint tea in bags. What a burst of flavor! This morning, I added green tea to the mint bag. I find green tea a bit bland, but appreciate its healthy attributes. Putting green tea in the mix is like hiding vegetables in the lasagna for the kids! It’s good for you, it’s in there, but it’s overshadowed by the primary flavor.

A good decaffeinated tea with lots of character won’t keep you up at night or dehydrate you and will eliminate or diminish the need for sweeteners. Who needs sugary soft drinks?

When I put the kettle on for my morning coffee, I fill it to the top to have enough boiling water to make the day’s iced tea. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to make it.

Visit your farmers’ market and local tea shops, or grow your own herbs and spices, and open your taste buds to some new and interesting combinations. Enjoy your T-Time. No clubs needed.