Rocks, minerals, semiprecious and precious gems have amazing looks and qualities. Some of them have a very wintry iceberg and snow-inspired look to them. Here's some of my favorites for looks and also for their healing qualities. I carry turquoise and labradorite on investigations.
Post by Sharon (Thorvaldsen) Touches of the Northern latitude in the wintertime is an ideal marriage of style and utility. My favorite is everything from the icy climes and with about 80% Scandinavian DNA, I can't help but look at my father's homeland for inspiration that touches my spirit and makes me dream of frost in this godawful desert I live in.
As we go through the regular rhythm of changing our diets for the newest trends, some of the most ancient and logical items remain the best. Bone broth is seeing a brand new following and there are many reasons why this should be a part of your diet.
As an avid gardener who is also a baby boomer, I think less and less about fighting bugs, critters, weeds, and Bermuda grass on my knees working the earth and more about alternatives that are easier to access, cleaner, and less likely to compete with creatures/bugs wanting to eat my goods.
Post by Sharon The 1950s, 1960s and 1970s personified skateboarding, rollerskating and surfing culture. I admit to being a very avid skateboarder and freestyle rollerskating, spending a few hours a day on both! I wanted to be a surfer, but I was on the quiet Chesapeake, so I daydreamed of growing up, moving to LA and surfing like Gidget. There was a whole music, lifestyle, and fun culture built around these things - from Beach Boys and Dick Dale surfing attitude to roller disco skating and half-pipe-loving skateboarders. Let's relive some of the fun and find ways to recapture it, even if we aren't willing to get on a board in our middle years -
It's boot season! And you figure a boot is a boot, but they are all VERY different from style, heel, weatherproofing, function and more. Here's some of my faves for men's and women's boots this season -
Post by Sharon and Julie Santa's Village in Finland is one of many magical getaways in the icy magical North. Imagine saunas, sleigh rides, fine food, and a charming cozy cottage to enjoy the snowy scenery and northern lights? LINK TO SANTA'S VILLAGE
And this is just one northern possibility. Let's look at some more -
A winter time cruise getaway always sounds like heaven, but if you want more to do than watch movies or lie out by the pool, you might be excited to know there is some action on cruise lines in the form of casinos!
Mystic Publishers (the company I publish with), put together a delightful Christmas anthology book, "Christmas Across Time." My story "A Different Kind of Christmas" can be found starting on page 99. A teenage girl's move to the desert right before Christmas has her distressed until the true meaning of Christmas becomes apparent.
As a kid, rocks were so fascinating, they became a form of currency. Mom gave you a cookie, you brought her a rock. As a Bigfoot researcher, I can tell you that the most common gift a Bigfoot will leave is a rock, often times a perfectly round pretty one. They leave feathers and flowers upon occasion, but rocks are their I-Owe-You when they borrow something from your yard. And why not? Rocks always bring smiles!
Ecovillages and permaculture are becoming huge focuses of baby boomers. There are a few reasons why. One reason is our aging bodies and disease processes have rendered us concerned about what we ingest and Mother Earth (our youthful companion). The idea of growing one's own food and having control over chemicals (remember DDT spraying in our childhoods?) is of grave concern. This groundswell has created an industry focused on how we can be more self-sufficient. Gone are the days of victory gardens and they are being replaced by community gardens, edible lawns, and food forests. Let's look at some examples of ecovillages built around the concept of self-sufficient sustainability.
Post by Sharon Nine years ago, I went on a HUGE adventure - I left a bad marriage and found myself seeking new experiences, new places, new challenges. Adventurers throughout man's history have shown us that through great challenge and risk, something new was found. But, you don't have to pack your parka and freeze-dried meals to find adventure: It is as close as your car.
Post by Sharon Sometimes, the biggest scares outdoors involve chills and thrills of the daredevil variety. There are some pretty inventive ways to get your scare on. Let's look at some places with insane challenges - some of them are mild and others intense! It's never too early to start planning for next summer and booking your dare.
Post by Sharon My father came to America from Norway in the 1920s. They changed their last name from Thorvaldsen to Day to be more "American." But, my father kept his fond memories of the homeland and the traditions his father from Norway and mother from Sweden passed on. We had Scandinavian Christmas celebrations every year with a large Smorgasbord spread, live candles on the tree, and opening gifts on Christmas Eve night. To this day, the look of Christmas for me is purely Northern -
Post by Sharon Another day, another obsession - reindeer! As I am almost 80% Scandinavian, it's in my blood to love the reindeer. My grandmother grew up in the late 1800s and early 1900s herding reindeer in Northern Sweden. The love is passed on. Here's some reindeer crafts and gifts for the reindeer lovers out there -
Too early for the holidays? Well, it's ideal craft and gift shopping time now when you're not pushed or stressed and you can sit back and enjoy December. Here's some great options for snowman lovers (most folks).
You want to get away, see another place, have new experiences, but the usual boring stay in an antiseptic bland hotel room seems like a waste of your evening and nighttime hours. Choosing an Airbnb is a popular thing nowadays, but many are themed so your getaway time is unusual and unique. Instead of spending 1500 to 10,000 a night for a luxury hotel stay, how about 100-300 a night in a themed room? Now you're excited!
Post by Sharon There is a time between Halloween and the New Year that most folks get a sentimental feeling about snowfall. Whether you live where it snows or not, there are some great movies that evoke the snow mood in many genres. Here's my lineup -
Fire pits are a fall and winter delight. Most folks want one in their backyard and the easiest method is to go by Home Depot or Lowe's and pick up a metal one and set it up nice and neat and sit around, but what you plan to use your fire pit for is critically important to finding the right match.
Wood pile season is here. And, as if you have enough to consider stacking the split logs, there is a new yard art involving your heating supply - meaningfully arranged wood piles that create amazing art!
It costs you nothing - just some rocks from your yard, a fair deal of manipulating and practice, but once rock stacks are created, the satisfaction is immense. Forget sand and sand rakes to relax, this is becoming the new zen hobby.
When we think artists, we often imagine sculpture and paintings hanging on museum walls, but art is inspired often by nature and some very talented and visionary artists are utilizing nature as a medium. Here's my three favorites -
Arriving at the airport at least 2 hours early to find a parking situation, take a tram to the airport terminal, stand in long lines to check in and then get security checks, sitting at the gate forever with a lot of tired cranky people and screaming babies, being crammed into a tight space for hours, and then finding your luggage, renting a car, finding the hotel in a strange city.... Many are learning that flying is not the convenience we once thought. I recently was looking at a flight to LA and realized in under 6 hours I could drive there versus the airport and it sounded so much more peaceful and less likely to get me acquiring a head cold from a stranger. No wonder the new hip is to take a train and train stations are offering awesome fun themed packages too -
Now that my husband is retired, we have decided to start taking more cruises. We took a Hawaiian cruise in 2006 on our 25th wedding anniversary. We brought our daughter and son with us along with a friend of each kids. It was a blast. Now that they are adults, married with kids, we feel this time is for us. This Alaskan cruise is the first of many to come. Our next one is already booked. Mexico, here we come.
One of my fondest memories is going to the drive-in with my family and friends. Depending on the time of year, we would bring blankets, pillows, chairs and be in our pajamas. We would hit the playground and play before the movies begun. You would get to watch at least two movies, sometimes three.
Post by Sharon and Julie When we women turned from girl to adolescent and then teen and young woman, we didn't fight it. We embraced it. Yet, for some reason, as we go through menopause, we want to fight hard to remain what we were instead of what we can be. If we had done this when we were younger, we'd be in college in pigtails and jumpers. Embracing the change is exhilarating as for the first time in our lives, we can be us personified instead of what others need us to be.
You're not going to fool anyone, you are a mature male, but men can age so deliciously with the simplest tweaks. It's really about giving up some of the constructs of career era and becoming looser, more natural, outdoorsy, and less stiff button-down old man.
Post by Sharon *Although I am not a medical professional, I am very well informed after decades of typing medical reports and studying nutrition and lifestyle and health. I hope to give you an overview and resources to learn more.* Most patients who have felt their doctor is mechanically going through a sequence of not listening, rushing to get them out of the office, and fast to write prescriptions as a solution, know that there must be an easier way to get their body to have optimal conditions to heal. After all, if we can heal a cut, recover from the flu, we can certainly manage to have a great deal of influence on other systems. Integrative and functional medicine step in with answers -
Post by Sharon People ask me often how I seem so young for 57. It's very simple. I have not aged in my heart or my spirit. My energy is 35. I remain there in a way that won't let time, attrition, or hardship express itself. There is much more to it. Said simply - when you change your energy, you change your life.
Post by Sharon A visit to the mall always brings one of my special joys - going into the Lush Cosmetics store and smelling and trying out products to find my new next obsession. If you want natural products that harken back to the 60s/70s era, this is a dream place to find it!
Post by Sharon We are moving into hot cocoa weather. It's not just a cup of sweet wonder, but a beautiful sentimental ritual. Today's post is going to delve deeply into the best hot cocoa recipes in the world and the best treats to accompany them, all hot cocoa-themed!
"Devil Dog: Hound of Hell" is just one of many awesome 1970s campy movies. Some can be found on YouTube. This one stars Richard Crenna and Yvette Mimieux. A dog, a minion of Satan, torments a family. Here's more fun ones -
When someone very dear to me lost his daughter to murder, I wanted to give him something that would make it possible to take her spirit with him everywhere he goes. So, I started a search that ended up at one of the best jewelry sites I've found on Etsy, and is by Divine intervention, the shop owner is one of the kindest and most thoughtful human beings.
Halloween is the time that, as kids, we tested how brave we were against monsters in the dark. Instead of challenging them nightly in the bedroom, we gathered our posse and owned the night. Henceforth, a realization grew in our young minds - the monsters are only in our heads. Here we are adults who adored the season as kids, so how do we celebrate the challenge today?
I'll try to make horror watching easy for you by giving y'all a heads up on what's the best Halloween horror on the major streaming channels. No more flipping around to decide. Just refer to this spiffy post! Happy Haunting!
You want to have friends over for a movie marathon, but it's not enough to just show one horror movie after another. How about if you pick a theme with snacks to match and a lineup that showcases the theme?
Our group at State 48 Films has been working vigorously on our new streaming TV series, "Dark Selfies." Feel free to follow our page on Facebook as we go into filming the series for release in 2020. LINK The series is an anthology in the horror/thriller genre. We will be updating regularly on our progress. Working with a team of such professional talents is so rewarding. Sharon is co-author on several of the scripts and will be working in other capacities such as makeup/wardrobe, directing, and promotion. Julie will also be involved in many capacities from crew to cast.
While the Collector gathers the dark selfies in his private album, fates unfold among those captured in those dark moments. What does he know that we do not? This is the series we always dreamed was out there. We are very excited this is evolving into something our readers will enjoy very much!