Showing posts from July, 2017


Jasmine belongs to the Genus ‘Jasminum’ and includes over 200 species of plants, most of which originated in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
Its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God.

Flowering in Jasmines takes place in summer or spring which is usually six months after planting. The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is waxing towards fullness. Jasmine flower buds are more fragrant than the flowers.

Jasmine originated in the tropical regions of Asia but is now grown worldwide. While tropical Jasmine will not survive in temperate regions, some modern varieties do.
Cultivated versions are also sold as houseplants. Many gardeners add jasmine to flower gardens or grow them in pots on the deck or patio to scent the night air.

Jasmine is used as a fragrance in perfumes, soaps, and lotions and is even used to add its rich scent to jasmine tea. Jasmine tea isn’t really made from jasmine. The tea is brewe…


There are two kinds of energy, potential and manifest.Before you think this is going to be boring, bear with me! Potential energy is waiting to be expressed.If it waits too long it stagnates and if it stagnates in our bodies it creates dis-ease.(That’s not a typo!) When energy is freed to move, it is manifested.It can be manifested through intentions, meaning “If I have an idea and I put it into motion, I’m freeing up energy.” Money is energy in material form.It waits to be freed to create opportunities, experiences and sustenance.Saving is great, but dying with stagnated energy in the bank probably isn’t the best idea.Bequeathing the fruits of labor for the next generation to use isn’t a bad plan, but using money to do good works is a great idea. Physical movement frees energy.Our jobs keep us seated a lot of the time.Stagnated sitting creates pain in the low back and digestive issues.Take it from me after years of sitting in the therapist’s chair! What I experience in Reiki and Ref…

Chinese Wolfberries

The Chinese Wolfberry is one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits around.

Chinese Wolfberries are said to contain more beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant, than carrots. Antioxidants may have anti-aging and cancer-fighting effects.
Chinese Wolfberries can be cooked, turned into wine or eaten raw.
In Chinese cuisine and medicine, the berries are used in numerous dishes such as porridge, meat and vegetable dishes, soups and teas. In the West, they are often eaten in their dried, uncooked form.

Humor in Every Moment

My father was an artist and didn’t realize he was funny.He had the ironic type of humor that let him laugh at life and even at death. I think I’ve shared the story of his battle with cancer… My friend Mary had paid him a visit and knocked on the door.He asked “Who is it?”Mary isn’t to be denied her own sense of humor and said, “It’s Dr. Kvorkian.”My father answered, “What the hell took you so long!?” Of all the gifts my father gave me, and there were many, the ability to find humor in the moment is the best and most enduring. As a practicing psychologist (where humor was at a premium) and in the classrooms of life, injecting irony and a sharing of how ridiculous some moments are has been salvation. When I was in third grade, my classmate Joel Baskin and I were in trouble for laughing at the words to a song as we were singing.I remember it vividly… “Nymphs and Mermaids gather flowers, underneath the sea…”Really?Say the word nymph.Better yet, look in the mirror as you say it.Then pictu…