The Joy of Water – by Nancy Zimmerman


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Water, water everywhere, nor any  drop to drink.”  This is a line taken from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  It was spoken by a sailor who found himself stranded in the middle of the ocean filled with saltwater.  In the twenty-first century, we are hearing the predictions of what is happening to our supply of freshwater which is locked into the frozen water polar icecaps.  As the planet warms, the icecaps are melting and the fresh water being unlocked is combining with the salt water of the oceans.  Not only are we losing fresh water, we are changing the composition of the oceans, little at a time, which will affect ocean life.  It is a cyclical occurrence with no single easy solution.  Information about water then becomes necessary for us to celebrate this substance that is necessary for all of us to live on the “blue planet” we call earth.

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Inviting Health Into Our Lives – by Nancy Zimmerman


This time of year, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are coming off of a time of relaxed enjoyment during the months of summer.  In the Southern Hemisphere, the citizenry is contemplating the future months when they will be out and about enjoying the days of summer.  Regardless of where you live, there are times in your year and in your life where a healthy lifestyle is what you seek so that you can enjoy opportunities you are given to the fullest.  We think of health sporatically during the year, but never quite as much as when the great outdoors beckons us to participate in additional activities.

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D.A.N.C.E. the Dance – by Nancy Zimmerman


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While we are going on our journey through life, we talk about walking the walk.  What if part of that  journey was spent  dancing? What would the dance be like?  Again, I have looked at the letters in dance and come up with some ideas for things that have helped me at times during the journey..

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F.I.R.E. Up Your Walk – by Nancy Zimmerman


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We all have a life to live and  a path that will take us into that life.  It is often said that you will see dates on a tombstone that will indicate the year of your birth and the year of your death.  Between those two numbers is a dash.  The dash represents all that we are between birth and death.  What will your dash say about you?  Last month I began talking about walking the walk.  This month, I am going to take things up a bit more and discuss how I have found that I can fire up my walk, yet still remaining true to myself.

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Laugh and the World Laughs With You – by Nancy Zimmerman


Laugh, and the world  laughs with you;
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Weep, and you weep alone;
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For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
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But has trouble enough of its own.
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These words were penned by Ella Wheeler in 1883 after she had comforted a distraught young woman on a train ride to the Governor’s Inaugural Ball in Wisconsin.  The poem in its entirety was published as Solitude in her book, Poems of Passion.  The meaning is as fresh today as it has ever been.  When we are in good moods and being positive, we find others who want to share that emotion.  When, however, we stumble and have our times of sadness, we often find ourselves alone.

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Plan the Work and Work the Plan – by Nancy Zimmerman


In this time of digital sharing, there are all sorts of templates available for all of our work, if we choose to use them.  This is particularly beneficial if we are in an area of work where our job is a matter of filling in the blanks and securing specific information about a group of clients.  That, however does not always fit the modality of what we need if we are working on a larger project that includes others to help achieve our goals.  For those times, we need a plan.

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream – by Nancy Zimmerman


Many poets, authors, and psychologists have written about sleep.  What purpose it serves and how it can serve us, is something we often ponder ourselves.  I was raised to believe that sleep was something that was necessary but not something to enjoy.  Those very hours spent sleeping somehow robbed us of time that we could be using doing something more necessary in life.  We slept, but it was viewed as a waste of “productive” time.

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Visions and Dreams – by Nancy Zimmerman


What an appropriate time of the year to be discussing vision.  I am not sure about you, but I use the month of December to reflect on the ups and downs of the year.  I also use it as a time to decide what worked and what didn’t work. I look at the dreams of the previous year and see how those dreams translated into the visions I held for this year.  Sometimes they match up and sometimes they don’t.  This is what I am doing as I write this article.  This year, however, I am even more enthusiastic about my dreams and how the vision I hold will be translated into successes in the coming year.  Hopefully, this will resonate with you and your dreams become the successful visions that you will look back on at the end of our new year.

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Laughs and Giggles, the Best Medicine – by Nancy Zimmerman


We hear constantly that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  I am here to tell you that I think the most beneficial medicine in my life is laughter.  Now, for those who want to debate, I will allow that the ingestion of an apple a day is very benefical, no doubts there.  For me, however, I could go a day without an apple, but I do not think I could survive a day without laughter.  I am also lucky in that respect because regardless of the state of my life, I have always been able to find humor, somehow, someway.

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Learning to Embrace the Simplicity of Life – by Nancy Zimmerman


The days, weeks, and months of life go by so quickly.  When we were young children, our days went much more slowly.  Think back to a time when you were young.  It seemed like school would never end for us to get to a long summer break in the time of year when we wanted to be outside enjoying life.  Then, once school began, we thought we would never get to Christmas vacation and the excitement of Santa Claus.  It was an easy time.

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Naturally, Sexually, and Magically Yours – by Nancy Zimmerman


This month I wanted to really concentrate on writing an article that would just “wow” the socks off of everyone who read it.  What I have come up with will be a way we can begin to change our way of thinking and reacting, to bring ourselves to a more natural approach to life.  When I ponder the topic of things that are unnatural, my focus immediately turns to what is natural instead.  The very word natural causes me to dwell on nature and the restorative powers that it possesses… the magic it possesses.  When we think of nature and realize the sexual approach to keep the species intact, I realized that the themes for this month are intricately interwoven when we take a true look at the three not as an individual term, but rather as a beautifully woven plan in the Universe.

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Helpful Hunches – Training Our Intuition – by Nancy Zimmerman


As I considered this month’s theme, I realized that when we think of hunches, we usually associate them with something on the negative side.  We have a hunch it is going to rain, or a hunch we are not going to have enough money to buy something we are anticipating.  It usually works out that when we have a hunch that something isn’t going to go our way, it usually doesn’t.  Then, being the humans we are, we decide that hunches never lead to anything good in our lives.  Having decided this, we then begin to ignore our hunches, thinking that nothing good ever comes from them so if we just ignore them, our life will progress more smoothly.  Sometimes it does, and sometimes  it doesn’t.

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Separating the Chaff from the Wheat – by Nancy Zimmerman


Long ago, before the day of the combine, farmers harvested wheat by hand.  They used a scythe and then beat the wheat to separate it from the husk.  In this method, some of the husks would fracture and fall  along with the wheat.  It then became necessary to use a light wind to blow away the remains of the husks, or the chaff, so that the wheat that would fall would be free of the chaff before taking it to market.  The reason I shared that with you was to bring you a point of reference as we discuss our selection of friends.  Do we keep them, or do we cast them aside?  What place do friends share in our lives?  What kind of friends are they, loyal friends, or fair-weather friends?  Does it even matter?  Can we have a variety of kinds of friends?

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Living a Sensuous Life – by Nancy Zimmerman


This month has been filled with excitement for me and as I pondered what I would write about, I thought of all of the new experiences I am encountering as a writer.  What does this have to do with a theme of a sensuous life, you might ask.  It has to do with every day of our life.  We can choose a sensuous life or we can deny it.  When we live a life in tune with the senses, we experience more deeply and more fully.  I will lead you through a typical day of mine and see how it compares with one of yours.  I will use today as it has been unfolding.

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Remembering a Special Beginning – by Nancy Zimmerman


One of the themes for June is  “remember.”   This is especially apropos since my birthday is in June.  It is during this month that I find myself reflecting or remembering times gone by.  Many people reflect in January as the New Year rolls around, or at the end of the year as they leave where they are.  Not me, I think about what has happened since the last anniversary of my birth.  There have been some times that space in between those years has been filled with anger or sadness in addition to joy and happiness.  There were also years that, for whatever the reason, I did not even acknowledge the happiness and dwelt only on the sadness or anger.  But, this year marks an amazing transformation in how I perceive this last year.

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Brilliance is in the Eye of the Observer – by Nancy Zimmerman


As I begin thinking about luminosity, I remember teaching my 6th-grade science students about the bio-luminescence of a kind of algae that causes a glow to be noticed  underwater.  There is the luminescence we see as we notice the brightness of different kinds of stars in the sky.  Luminosity can also refer to the quality of being intellectually brilliant, enlightened or inspired.  Looking at all of these definitions and situations, we see the overriding definition of a brilliance that is noticeable in some way to the observer. It is to this kind of luminosity that I will address my offering this month.

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Dealing with Emotional Turbulence – by Nancy Zimmerman


When we thinking about turbulence, the first thought I had dealt with turbulence in an airplane.  You get this turbulence when the differing air flows attempt to move around each other.  As they do this, they exchange momentum and energy and become a relatively unstable air mass that can cause an atmospheric disturbance.  (My attempt at a simplified definition.)

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R.E.F.R.E.S.H. – by Nancy Zimmerman


RELAX –  When we look into the Spring season of the year, our thoughts turn to refreshing ourselves.  Our grandparents would go out into the yard and gather a combination of poke, doc, plantain, and dandelion “greens”.   They would take them in and boil them up, and enjoy the tonic effect they had on the body after a long winter’s break from fresh foods.  There would be a garden planted with lsAa showcase for picnics, long walks, and creating games to keep the kids occupied.  Our grandparents and great-grandparents knew the value of work and the knew the value of relaxation.

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