Sleep tips

Things that help me sleep:
1. Fruit (carbs): My mind is very active (dreams too), so feeding it helps – especially fruit.
2. Exercise: Any should help. For me it’s dog-walking, gardening, dancing, pedal-boating, kayaking, etc.
3. Raw cacao: It’s supposed to help sleep because of the magnesium and supposed to drink it in the evening, but I drink raw cacao fruit smoothie (48 oz) in the morning because that’s when I like it and my body is adjusted to the timing.
4. Routine: I sleep better when I soak my dates and nuts for my morning smoothie or know that I’ve ripe bananas and know my approximate plans for the next day.
5. Setting. A clean organized peaceful bedroom and a well made bed. I like the sheets, blankets, comforter, or afghan neat and orderly with some tucked under the mattress at the bottom to keep my feet warm and no drafts.
6. Bed: I use a memory foam mattress and also an electric mattress pad warmer in winter which help sleep. Also feng shui says it’s most healthy to have the bed positioned from north (head) to south (foot).
7. Lavender: My niece made me a lavender sachet which smells so nice. :)
8. Quiet: One room is quieter than the others depending on time of year with windows open or not; but, I use a fan in summer which blurs increased outside noise.
9. Read: A book especially if it’s mathematical or somewhat technical, ie: 811 or H.N.t.D. , usually helps me fall back to sleep.
10. Music: Soothing music makes me relax and then I fall back to sleep with the music repeating in my brain which is nice.
11. Timing: Dr. Pam Popper said, “Every hour slept before midnight counts as two hours of sleep.”, allowing to kinda get away with less sleep and not stress out about getting enough sleep. I usually go to sleep by 9pm so by 2am it’s kinda like getting 8 hours of sleep. Then I’d get another 1 or 2 hours before getting up at 6am for work driving a school bus and I could also take an hour nap between AM (6am-9am) & PM (2pm-4pm) shifts if needed, but I’m retired from that now.
12. Dog: Dogs can help sleep with cuddles, warmth, protection, and may be trained to sense a nightmare and alert.
13. Chamomile tea: It has worked for me in the past.

I hope any of these tips help you or made you bored and tired enough to fall back to sleep. lol.

I was inspired to copy and paste my comment I left on Vegan Sista’s video. Thank you for the inspiration. Namaste.



Two eagles (one with white head and boots) flew real close by my house. By the time I got my camera I only caught the one (a juvenile). You can see how big it is compared to the seagulls (white spots) in water in background. I’ll keep trying to get a close up.




My friend on the other side of the lake said: “Yes (bald eagles), that’s one of the young ones…there are six of them… The adult eagles grow white feathers on their heads after age two.”

Cheese Trap

THE CHEESE TRAP: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy New York Times bestselling author Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the shocking truth about cheese-the dangerous addiction that is harming your health-and presents a radical program to lose weight and feel great. We’ve been told that dairy does a body good, but the truth is that cheese can be dangerous. Loaded with fat, salt, and cholesterol, cheese can make you gain weight and leads to a host of health problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Worse, it contains mild opiates that make it additive, triggering the same brain receptors as heroin and morphine. In THE CHEESE TRAP, Dr. Neal Barnard presents a comprehensive program to help readers break free of their cheese addiction so they can lose weight, boost energy, and improve their overall health. This easy-to-follow diet features a treasury of healthy recipes that will tame even the toughest cravings-from pizza, to lasagna, to ice cream and cheesecake.

Standing Rock

How You Can Help The Standing Rock Sioux Fight The Dakota Access Pipeline:

Waskoness Pitawanakwat from the Ojibwe tribe and Tea McGinnis from the Hupa tribe pose for a photograph in an encampment during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dacota

Sign a petition to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

You can do that here.

Send supplies.

Thousands of people now based at the encampment will need shelter, food, and warmth to get through the cold temperatures.

The Sacred Stone camp has a fairly comprehensive website that includes current needs. Checks, cash or supplies can be sent via mail to: Sacred Stone Camp, P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND 58538, or 202 Main St., Fort Yates, ND 58538.

There’s an Amazon wish list here.

Protesters said they also need a four-wheel-drive pickup truck and ask that those willing to donate one contact them at The truck “will be used for getting water, firewood, and other supplies to the camp,” the protesters’ website says. “We are in need so something that can handle harsh cold, snow, and steep dirt roads.”

The Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council, which takes care of injured protesters, has an Amazon wish list that can be found here.

Donate to the Standing Rock Sioux.

The tribe is soliciting donations for legal, sanitary and emergency purposes via PayPal. You also may contribute by mailing a check (payable to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ― Donations) to: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Attention: Donations, P.O. Box D, Building #1, North Standing Rock Ave., Fort Yates, ND 58538.

Donate to the protesters’ legal defense fund.

As legal bills for protesters pile up, they’re asking for help in paying processing fees. The PayPal account is

Pick up the phone.

To voice your opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, call:

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, at 701-328-2200.

The White House, at 202-456-1111.

Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline owner ― Lee Hanse, executive vice president, 210-403-6455; Glenn Emery, vice president, 210-403-6762; Michael (Cliff) Waters, lead analyst, 713-989-2404.

Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit allowing construction of the pipeline, even though it would cross under the Missouri River within a half-mile of the Sioux reservation boundary, at 202-761-5903.

Volunteer to help Sacred Stone Camp if you have legal or media skills.

Email, or phone 701-301-2238.

Educate yourself and others.

If you’re unclear on what’s happening at Standing Rock or what the Dakota Access Pipeline is, check out news updates here, and the Sacred Stone camp fact sheet below:

2016 photos

“Pink Lady” dwarf apple tree donated to me by a facebook friend a few years ago.

Wild Autumn Berry “shrub/tree” not ripe yet.

Purple Loosestrife by the lake shore.

Swan family.

Wild Turkeys in my neighbor’s yard.



Cardinal on Autumn Berry tree.

Moon over Lake.

Migratory birds stop by the lake in fall and spring. These may be Loons.

Wild Turkey feather I found while walking dog.




My favorite foods which may help to naturally prevent and reverse pain include:

Fruit: Most fruit is about 80% water which is believed to have alkalizing anti-inflammatory properties. (Soak dried fruit before eating or blending in a smoothie.)

Water: Water is said to have alkalizing anti-inflammatory properties.

Arugula: Dark-leafy greens like arugula are believed to have alkalizing anti-inflammatory properties.

Celery: Celery is said to have alkalizing anti-inflammatory properties.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids which are said to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger: Ginger root may help stop the formation of inflammatory compounds, leukotrienes and prostaglandins, and break down acidity and inflammation in joint-fluids. Add to fruit smoothies. (Ginger relieved my vertigo.)

Curry: Curry contains turmeric which contains curcumin said to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Chili: Chili peppers contain capsaicin which is said to stop the functioning of a hormone that transmits pain signals to the brain.

2012.03.07aBananas arugula-baby celery walnuts


By my age I’ve learned two key relationship skills, the “I Statement” and otherwise avoiding “you”, that I try to use as much as possible.

The “I Statement” simply goes like this: “When you do/say __________, I feel _________.” We’re all entitled to our emotions and expressing them. This is a way to express feelings without provoking the other person or escalating matters.

Other than in an “I Statement”, try to avoid using the word, “you”, unless it’s a compliment. Otherwise it may very likely put the person you’re speaking to on the offensive. It’s just human nature.

I’ve found these two skills effective at creating peace, love, and harmony in relationships whether they be intimate, family, friends, or co-workers.

I’ve been using these for years and have had some success, but still have a ways to go (especially given my challenges). They take time to implement, so have patience and keep trying.

Peace, love, joy, best always.



61jyzxbqgvl-_sl110_ I read the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, many years ago (1976) which details women’s health and personal choices and I also read online about an economical choice that may be needed by some in challenging times: take high-dose Vitamin C every hour for 24 hours to prevent egg from being fertilized and implanted in the uterus. There are more books for women here.

A high fruitarian or plant-based vegan diet is most likely more healthy, puts one in better control of mind, body, and spirit, may produce a healthier baby, and may help avoid the following.

Note that “around half of all fertilized eggs die and are lost spontaneously, usually before the woman knows she is pregnant (ie: a missed period followed by heavy flow). Among women who know they are pregnant, 15 to 20 out of every 100 will have a miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur during the first 7 weeks of pregnancy.”

Common recognised causes include:
Abnormal fetal development.
Genetically balanced parental translocation.
Uterine abnormality.
Incompetent cervix (second trimester).
Placental failure.
Multiple pregnancy.
Endocrine – eg, luteal phase deficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Most miscarriages are caused by chromosome problems that make it impossible for the baby to develop. Usually, these problems are not related to the mother’s or father’s genes.

Other possible causes of miscarriage include:
Drug and alcohol abuse
Exposure to environmental toxins
Hormone problems
Physical problems with the mother’s reproductive organs
Problem with the body’s immune response
Serious body-wide diseases in the mother (such as uncontrolled diabetes)

How Not To Die

How Not To Die by Michael Gregor From the physician behind the wildly popular website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death. The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America-heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more-and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.


The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn’t have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger’s advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.

History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug-and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.

In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen -a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day.Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor’s orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.


FREE Lolita

Lolita the orca was captured off the coast of Washington state at a young age and has been enslaved and imprisoned in a tiny tank at Miami Seaquarium and forced to perform unnatural stunts for food for 40+ years. Meanwhile her family pod is still swimming together in the ocean and her Mom still calls out to her and she still calls out to her Mom after 40+ years. In the wild orcas swim 100+ miles per day in close knit family units. Orca’s brains have advanced capacity to communicate and love which humans should do more. It’s time to retire Lolita to a sea pen and the wild to live out her natural life.

More information at: Palace Entertainment is the parent company of Miami Seaquarium and Water Country.





I bought this used Snark sailboat. It has a styrofoam core and plastic shell and only weighs 50 pounds so it’ll be easy to get down and up the hill from the lake. I put it in my Smart Car hatchback and drove to Merrimac, MA from Buxton, Maine on Route 1 and a few people took photos and gave me a thumbs up. lol.