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Mojo Monday

(PC Tina Masciarelli) Haywood Community College, campus arboreatum & dahlia garden. Mill Pond 1

The second installment of my Mojo Monday series is inspired by On Being and a recent blog post about sacred texts published in celebration of Earth Day. John Muir wrote, “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” This felt like a really big long magnificent breaking storm of a week where stars were colliding rather than shining together. Big highs (Earth Day 2016) and heartbreaking lows (death of a music legend, x2). This week I’m reflecting on places to play and places to pray—and why we need them both.
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#GetOutandExplore: Purchase Knob

The view from the Science Education Center.

There are a number of well worn quotes about the joy of getting outside and exploring nature—Abbey, Keats, Thoreau, Whitman, Blake, Madame Curie, the Book of Jeremiah (6:16) and even Yogi Berra. Perhaps my favorite was penned by John Muir when he mused, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt.” Like my grandfather, Muir knew that getting into the wild was essential to a life well lived. Spending time outdoors in nature keeps us grounded, gives us perspective, and rejuvenates the soul. In an era of increased sedentary lifestyles and hobbies, even doctors are touting the benefits of unplugging and taking the road less traveled. One of my favorite paths, in any season, leads to Purchase Knob. Continue reading…

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Active Living in Winter

Skiing

Baby, it’s cold outside! Staying active during the winter months can be tricky. Wind, precipitation and down right freezing cold can make even the most active families seek refuge inside. With the right attitude and a little creativity, winter can be a fantastic time to foster personal wellness by mixing up your activities, trying new things and enjoying being outside. Check out these seven tips for staying active and beating the winter blues!

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Travel in Your Own Back Yard

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Fall is the time of year that I really start to feel that “travel” itch. Summer vacation was months ago, a new school year is in full swing and the rigor of our work/school/extracurricular activity schedule is starting to wear on everyone in my family. All I can think about some days is how GREAT it would feel to “get away” and recharge. If schedule and/or budget don’t allow a mid-year escape, being a traveler in your own back yard can do wonders! It is one of the most overlooked and cheapest ways of maintaining a sense of adventure. Continue reading…

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