Stone Love and Healing


Stones and crystals are of the Earth and emit vibrations that are healing and supportive to health and well-being. Not as a replacement for medical advice and prescribed drugs and treatment, but complimentary and supportive of our easily unbalanced, out-of-whack beings. I am completing a certification course in crystal healing and integrating crystals into my well-being program with new understanding.

For example, I created a little oasis for taking blood pressure readings with a potted plant (Nature) and a grouping of stones:
Ussingite (the big lavender stone) which is for hypertension, processing of carbs, and free radicals; Leucite (the one with something embedded in it) for hypertension; and stitchtite (purple ones) and sodalite (blue ones), both for hypertension. These stones emit a vibration that supports normal blood pressure.

Not only do the stones do their work naturally, but whenever I see the stone set, I am reminded of my intention for full health. We all know, especially the shamans in the audience, that it’s all about intention. What do we want to create? What do we intend for yourself? What we think, we create is the sage, old saying, and whatever we’re thinking is out there in our aura.

Living holistically means that many old and familiar habits, patterns, and commitments melt away. For me, the relationship with Nature fills into the spaces, replacing burden, woe, and stress–and who knows, maybe one day hypertension that came with them.

I’ll be selling my stone book-and-card set, RAIN MAKES THE ROCKS SING, and FEET UPON THE EARTH on November 18, 10 am – 4 pm, with other authors of Blue Ridge Writers at City Space in downtown Charlottesville, VA. Stop by for a stone chat!

Summertime and the Earthing is Easy


Shorebird Wading


My friend texted me, “I am outside in the yard barefoot and there is a full moon over my shoulder!”

Finally! Success in convincing her to test out the practices of earthing!

Summer is a convenient time to test out the theories of earthing (or grounding), such as lying on the ground and walking barefoot on the earth to ground and balance the body’s electrical systems. If done with regularity and intention, improvements to health and well-being and reductions in pain and stress are the expected results. Walking in saltwater like a shorebird is supposed to be ideal. Documented testimonials abound.

We learn in the book Earthing – The most important health discovery ever? that we are part of nature and connected by electrical systems. The book, by Ober, Sinatra, and Zucker published in 2010, just recently came to me as a gift. The authors detail experiments where the health of individuals improved—no matter their individual condition or diagnoses—by grounding themselves. Improved health ranges from sleeping better to lowering blood pressure to finding relief from chronic pain, and more.

Putting the theories to test myself, I am lying on the earth and/or walking barefoot every day and watching for perceptible changes in my disposition, sense of emotional balance, physical strength, and willingness to simply return the sunshine I absorb out to others. Already, I am aware that my anxiousness indoors emanates from my desire and need to be outdoors. In my coaching practice, I start sessions when appropriate by lying on the ground. If you have the time, place, and inclination, I suggest a good earthing session out with the daisies and hummingbirds this summer day. If you’re fortunate to have saltwater nearby, wading on the shore can’t be beat for earthing benefits.

Try it out for a while and let me know the changes in your own state of being. The first step is to get beyond the critical, analytical mind of an adult and be playfully childlike. That alone is transforming.

Do I Use a Fork or a Spoon?


Blueberry Peach Cake

When my husband came home yesterday with three gorgeous, ripe peaches that just had to be juicy inside, this recipe for Blueberry Peach Cake came to mind. My love affair with blueberries has been in full swing for a number of weeks already. When peaches and blueberries are ripe together, it is time to bake!

The chosen recipe was Blueberry Peach Cake from the book Spring Evenings, Summer Afternoon, A Collection of Warm-Weather Recipes by Barbara Scott-Goodman with Mary Goodbody (

On vacation on Ocracoke Island several decades ago, this cookbook jumped into my hands at a souvenir shop. It has survived “downsizing” of possessions for a relocation from Maryland to Colorado and another move from Colorado to Virginia. Wherever I go, so goes this recipe. Each time I make it, the only question is, Do I want to eat it with a fork or a spoon? Usually, I choose spoon.

As the author writes, “The peaches complement the berries and both taste wonderful nestled on a sweet, plain cake. This is a great choice to take along for a picnic, but it is also just right eaten on the back porch after the sun goes down. Try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream—or maybe homemade peach ice cream.”

Thank you to the authors, and Happy July!