Category Archives: Health/Wellness

Olympic spirit should be our default setting. #OlympicPeace

It is a beautiful thing to see, athletes from all over the world joining together for a week of competition, sportsmanship, and peace. The Olympics represents the unity and camaraderie that we, as residents of Planet Earth, can share. Nations long at war, put aside their differences for a time, in favor of fairness and athletic achievement.

This way of treating our fellow human beings, does not have to be a one week phenomenon, only possible every two or four years. We must attempt to seek common ground and shared goals on a daily basis. Athletes and Artists have long led the way in unifying our world. We can live in a world of peace and even use our pain and pride and violent instincts to bring joy instead of more suffering. So, create, compete, and coexist. We are more than just the sum of our parts.

Free Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboard? Yes Please!

You can win a Kayak/Canoe/Paddleboard!!




Just because it is winter does not mean we are not still thinking about hitting the Rivers/Creeks for a float! Maybe you will be the lucky winner¬†ūüôā


Seriously, who wouldn’t LOVE to have a new FREE kayak, canoe or paddleboard?!?!


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East Coast Love

If you are traveling in the United States, get a taste of the real East Coast.  The big cities have plenty to offer, but there is much more to the Atlantic shore.

The Appalachian Trail is not only a great example of adventure on the East coast, but it also serves as a reference point for some other wonderful places. From Georgia to Maine there are many great places to visit, but I will highlight two that my family and I were fortunate enough to enjoy this year.

If you are trying to get out of city life for a while, try some of these sweet spots that fly under the radar.

Topsail Island, NC

We spent a week in Topsail Island, NC, a beautiful community along the Intracoastal Waterway, South of the Outer Banks. North Topsail Beach is a taste of the beach life without all the crowds and tourist traps.

Topsail Island is a popular nesting ground for Sea Turtles and Topsail Turtle Project has been doing wonderful work for decades to preserve and protect the turtles and their nests. I highly recommend taking a tour of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital, and do your part by picking up some trash while you’re finding sea-shells on the gorgeous beaches.

The house we stayed in, Bob’s Hope, is beautifully¬†perched in the center of a narrow section of the island. With a wrap-around deck, a crow’s nest and water on both sides, you¬†can enjoy both sunrise and sunset. If you’re lucky, you may even get to witness a hatching of a sea turtle nest.

Whether you come to surf, fish, or just lounge in peace, the options are plentiful and the lines are short. The fishing and crabbing are usually great, but if you don’t catch anything with the bait you’re using, a $20 bill usually works pretty well down at the fish markets. Check out Davis Seafood and Surf City Crab.¬†

Luray, VA

Another wonderful hideaway along the East Coast is nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. The Virgina countryside is full of adventure and history. Enjoy a few days at Shenandoah National Park. Explore the park and it’s plentiful wildlife during the day, and sleep under the stars at night.

FB_IMG_1511585140705This stretch of the Skyline Drive also offers underground adventure. Skyline Caverns and Luray Caverns make for a fun and educational spelunking experience for the whole family.


To really get a feel for the Shenandoah Valley you have to take a trip downstream. Downriver Canoe Company offers a wonderful variety of river trips, fun for the novice, as well as the expert. Their knowledge of, and respect for the river, is what sets Downriver apart from other outfitters.

Don’t worry, Virgina has plenty to do in the winter too. If you want to hit the slopes, check out Massanutten Mountain.

Look for youth hostels and campgrounds

#Mindfulness and #Social #Media

In today’s world, we have instantaneous access to an abundance of information. From news reports and historical data to updates on what our friends had for lunch, we are constantly inundated with information. It is easy to get lost in a false reality that we have created in our minds and fostered on social media. It is important to take time to step back from the barrage of distractions and just be present. We have all seen people (and maybe we have even been these people), walking down the street, eyes glued to their phones, unaware of their surroundings. Having this technology right in our hands can be empowering, but can also pull us away from what’s really happening right in front of us.¬† We sacrifice true human interaction for a detached, digital community, spending more time worrying about tweets and followers than we do enjoying the company of the people in the same room as us.

Besides turning your phone off, there are some other ways we can bring ourselves back to the moment and practice staying more present. One strategy that has been helpful for me, is to set an alarm on my phone for multiple times throughout the day, as a mindfulness bell. When I hear this single tone, I return to following my breathing, and center myself, before returning to whatever I was doing. I often find that my attention is not on the task at hand, and taking a moment to breathe helps to renew my focus and to concentrate on what needs done. There are also apps, like Headspace, that many people are using to help bring meditation and mindfulness into our world of hectic schedules and busy lifestyles.


If you are fortunate enough to be able to take a retreat of some sort, that can be very rewarding, however, the real trick is to integrate meditation into everyday life. Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the great spiritual teachers of our time, was recently featured in Walk With ME, a documentary about monastic life at Plum Village his monastery in France. I was fortunate enough to see a pre-screening at Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, PA. I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in meditation and I am deeply grateful to Midtown Cinema and Marcy Brenner for helping to bring this movie to Central Pennsylvania.

So whether it’s the food you put in your body or the information you put into your consciousness, be sure to try something healthy.

Buy Thich Nhat Hanh’s books:

//“>Old Path White Clouds

//“>Being Peace

//“>Living Buddha, Living Christ