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Elyse's Country Journal


Chaos and Confusion – World Leaders Pissed Off

Imagine that you are a TSA agent. You are a middle aged white male and you voted for Trump. And now you are at work at the airport and you are flooded with demonstrators protesting Trump’s travel ban, yowling at you and clogging up the lines. There is general mayhem in all directions. Or you […]

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REALITY SETS IN

Today was a beautiful day for a 4-mile hike in the forests of the Berkshire mountains. The weather, here in Western Massachusetts, was blue bird perfect – clear, sunny, moderate temperature for November. I think a lot of people went hiking or walking or watched football or cooked a nice dinner or visited friends and […]

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THE DAY AFTER – doing the work

Many of you have been tweeting and texting, thanking me for the “words of wisdom” in my blog and Facebook posts yesterday. I appreciate the positive feedback. But some of you have also been asking what I meant by “doing the work.” This doesn’t surprise me. Two years ago in June, I was scheduled to […]

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CELEBRATE IMPERMANENCE

My husband of 24 years died 10 years ago today, November 9, 2016, the day that Donald Trump has been elected, despite many expectations to the contrary, to the presidency of the United States.  I have learned that everything changes, that in an instant, that which you thought would always be there for you, is […]

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Tote Bags vs. Plastic

My friend and yoga student, Mark Kent, sent me an email the other day with a link to an article in The Atlantic, titled “Are Tote Bags Good for the Environment?” Basically the article points out that “canvas bags might actually be worse for the environment than the plastic ones they are meant to replace.” […]

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CELEBRATE IMPERMANENCE

  Celebrate impermanence, ahhhh, one of my favorite sayings.  It has become sort of a mantra around here.  But a great thing to keep in mind when things are not going exactly the way we wish or think they should be going. I was reminded of that this morning, watching the news for the weather […]

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JUST SAY NO – TO PLASTIC BOTTLES

Just Say No – to Plastic Bottles (or) How Nestle Pilfers, Poisons, and Pollutes our Water, our Earth, and our Selves. Poor plastic – it has gotten such a bad rap primarily due to the mindless necessity we (humans) have developed to buy and carry a plastic water bottle with us everywhere we go – […]

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TOSS THE CANOLA OIL

This started as an easy 3 paragraph blog – but the more research I did – the longer the blog became – so read on if you are interested in fats and their effects on your health Harmful Dietary Fat Saturated fat – animal products like meat and dairy Trans fat – made from oils […]

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WATER, WATER, WATER

Why is it that the blessed element, water, is sometimes the last stop on the train for us? We take “detox” yoga classes to clear toxins from our bodies, buy stuff to make our skin more vibrant and clear, pop supplements for energy, and breathe for better focus. But do we think to drink water […]

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CHRISTMAS COOKIES

{This blog is a little longer than I like – but worth it}  Got thinking about sugar after leading a weekend of yoga teacher training a few weeks ago (post Christmas holidays), when I happened to make a reference to my past life efforts to get A’s in Christmas decorating, cooking, eating, and celebrating.   I […]

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