8 Tips to Soothe Your Soul with Music this Holiday Season


Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same. John Denver This…read more.

Take Time to Watch the Leaves Turn


Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. Elizabeth Lawrence September 22 marks the first day of autumn. Some dread this time of year because it means summer is over and the harsh winter weather is right around the corner—at least if you live in the Midwest. But this quote by the…read more.

4 Tips for Choosing Peace in Chaotic Times


At 6 a.m. on Friday, July 8, I reached to turn on my cell phone only to have it ringing already. It was my daughter. “Mom, I’m okay,” she said. I had no idea why she was saying this. I then learned at a very personal level about the chaos that enfolded after a gunman…read more.

Can stress be genetically inherited?


I am amazed at the amount of consumer social media that is dedicated to just nutrition. Most of this information makes recommendations to make us healthy, stay young (anti-aging), boost energy, etc. None of this will happen with a few certain foods, like more avocados, kale, greens, and juicing, like they recommend. These are all…read more.

One Great Way to Actually Feel the Joy of the Holidays


Well, as I am writing this our Iowa winter sure has arrived in full white beauty and chill. This is the time of year we not only with winter upon us but more gray short days. I find these days a challenge since I feel better with more sunlight. This only adds to the stress…read more.

Lavender for depression and anxiety?


The largest clinical trial on oral Lavender gel caps and generalized anxiety ever conducted concluded: Lavender caps 80 mg had a better efficacy (power to produce a desired effect) than a placebo or Paxil (an anxiety drug). Lavender does not inhibit Serotonin reuptake. Lavender also had better effects on depression scores than placebo or Paxil.…read more.