Breaking The Blues

Pro-Actively Beat the Winter Blues - Part 2

(Photo Compliments of Sue Schwabauer Hoeksema)Yesterday we talked about the effects of fall and winter on our mood. While you are waiting for the new season to come, and the darkness and depression to lift there are things you can do to help....more

Tangled Up In Blues: Living With Depression

photoEarly one morning the sun was shining ...more

Do you have the Holiday Blues?

This time of year can be stressful. All the shopping, parties, cooking, cleaning, etc. can really get you down....more

The Lady Godivas of Folk-Blues

I wanted to make a collection of softly angelic songs by female singer-songwriters of the '60s and '70s—my project went into a different direction: I was drawn to the depths of female folk music, ardent with wild emotions and independence. I explored female musicians in American folk, folk-blues, and found hints of folk-roots in modern garage rock. Why the "Lady Godivas of Folk-Blues"? Because these women come to us raw—their voices are pure, coming straight from the visceral core of their emotions; they sing about outcasts,  callous hearts, and independence....more

My view from INSIDE the White House

 @victorias_view I appreciate your mssg. Just wanted to share it with everyone!  more

Things that made me smile today!

Things heard in my house this morning…..   1.      An annoying alarm clock going off extra early followed by my husband cussing and dumbfounded because he can’t remember why it is going off so early and he is still half asleep and can’t figure out how to turn it off.   2.      Screech….eeeek…screech….followed by a really loud “Crap” and a “Sorry” from my husband.  That’s when I remembered today was “Blues” Monday and the loud pitch sound that reminded me of nails on a chalk boa...more

How to Make Sunshine

Today we rose to a sun that was trying it's darndest to burn through the mist that shrouds the redwoods. It'd peek through momentarily, lighting up the whole living room, and within minutes hide again beyond the mist....more

You have a way with words! I felt I was there...Thank you for the sunshine. in ...more

Stupid Winter

It snowed last night.  It's really a perfect snow day.  It's not too cold.  The snow is beautiful but not too deep.  I am usually filled with such smiling joy when this happens.  But today I am dark.  I have twins who are fifteen months old.  And I'm really a trooper when it comes to just going ahead and doing things with them, or I was.  But now it is so much more difficult.  They are fast and destructive and don't last long in a stroller.  There is a lot of whining and crying.  So we stay home most of the time....more

Feeling Blue is NOT All In Your Head

I used to think that feeling down was something I was imagining.  What I've discovered is that there are physical causes and conditions that can trigger or sustain the blues.  The good news is that this means that we can intervene physically to help stay positive. The four principles that seem to help me stay positive are these:  eating happily, moving joyfully, acting spiritually and tracking vigilantly Eating Happily To me, this means what I eat, when I eat and how I eat.  I have learned that low levels of Vitamin D3 c...more