Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

~~~~~ Holistic health is my second career; as some of you may know, I was a professor and spent a good two decades of my life in academia before coming to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  I’ve taught at a range of schools, from outstanding small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.  As the first … Continue reading Sending Your Daughter or Son Off to College: Some Healthy Advice For You And For Them

Holistic, On Mother’s Day (Vulnerability & Healing Principles For The Day)

~~~~~ How do you feel on Mother’s Day?  Are you one of the fortunate ones who enjoys this holiday, either because you love your mom dearly and can enjoy it with her, or you love being a mom and happily anticipate being celebrated?  Or are you someone who shuts down as the day approaches because … Continue reading Holistic, On Mother’s Day (Vulnerability & Healing Principles For The Day)

Valentine’s Day Approaches: A Health Coach’s Guide To Loving Yourself

~~~~~ Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or hate.  If you’re in love, a romantic, and in sync with your partner, it’s a great one.  If you’re unhappily single, miserably married, or the anniversary of your bitter divorce falls on February 14th (true story: I knew someone in graduate school … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Approaches: A Health Coach’s Guide To Loving Yourself

Just One Tear: Alan Rickman, Professor Snape, And Dante Alighieri

~~~~~ The figure of Professor Snape, both written and onscreen, captured the imaginations of all who experience his commanding presence, his anger, his slow cadenced speech, and his heartbreak.  The actor who made him come to life in film, Alan Rickman, was known for a wide variety of roles, both on stage and in the … Continue reading Just One Tear: Alan Rickman, Professor Snape, And Dante Alighieri

Attitude is Everything: How to Avoid Speeding Tickets, Bypass Road Rage, and Have a Great Day Even When Things are Chaotic

~~~~~ Attitude is everything as a philosophy is, let’s face it, a bit of a motivational cliché.  It’s easy to have a great attitude when things are going your way.  Have you been hit by tragedy or are you in a truly grave circumstance?  Well, if you have it in you to create and maintain … Continue reading Attitude is Everything: How to Avoid Speeding Tickets, Bypass Road Rage, and Have a Great Day Even When Things are Chaotic

Anthropologie Bags and Doorknobs: When One Closes, Another Opens (On Embracing Change and Finding New Spaces)

~~~~~ Of the many beauties associated with Chinese medicine (and, as I ponder it, Renaissance Florence but I digress), one that resonates greatly with me at this time is its attitude towards change.  Chinese medicine is based on a foundation of harmony and theories regarding yin-yang balance.  Not too much of one or too little … Continue reading Anthropologie Bags and Doorknobs: When One Closes, Another Opens (On Embracing Change and Finding New Spaces)

Two Hearts Wellness @Alamo Drafthouse: Hell or High Water (A True Romance)

~~~~~ Today I saw the movie Hell or High Water for the second time.  When I left the theater, the server–I think his name was Drew–said, “We’ll see you soon I’m sure” and I smiled and said, “Yes, you will.” Have you seen the movie Hell or High Water yet?  For whatever reason, Alamo Drafthouse … Continue reading Two Hearts Wellness @Alamo Drafthouse: Hell or High Water (A True Romance)

Two Hearts Wellness on Facebook: Seeing Flowers, Letting Go

  ~~~~~ I’m a latecomer to Facebook and I had a pretty standard routine on my personal page once I started. Cute pictures of baby bats, Italian fashion and/or things that are just a little dark and edgy, clothes-wise, plus of course social justice commentary were my three primary post subjects if I think back. … Continue reading Two Hearts Wellness on Facebook: Seeing Flowers, Letting Go

Bodies: Exploration, History, Text, and Photograph

*** Just like anything else, notions related to the body bear repeated viewings and engagement from different perspectives. Unthinkingly, we get up in the morning and notice (or not) aches or stiffness. Maybe we feel beautiful, or perhaps we hear a chorus of internal criticisms that stem from messages about weight and age and ability … Continue reading Bodies: Exploration, History, Text, and Photograph