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No passport needed: Travel shows to enjoy

May 26th, 2020

The world has so much to offer. So many wonders, cultures, and scenery. It’s a nice distraction from our day to day lives. There are so many travel shows to enjoy right now to get a glimpse from around the globe. National Geographic (or Nat Geo) has wonderful shows on all kinds of topics that will transport you vicariously to another place and time. Whether you’re into ancient history, unique climates, or even the universe, Nat Geo has plenty of shows to appeal to a wide array of interests. After all, National Geographic has been bringing us the world for decades. Shows we like on this channel are Expedition Unknown, America’s Wild Frontier, Costa Rica, Hidden Gems of Turkey, Journey to the edge of the universe, Life below zero, Lost city of Machu Picchu, Lost treasures of Egypt, The Mighty Northwest, and Startalk. Happy virtual Globetrotting!


Genius by design: Frank Lloyd Wright Online Tours

May 22nd, 2020

Online tours are all the rage now. Museums can now reach more people than ever before. If you are an architecture buff, you can enjoy #WrightVirtualVisits. It’s been created by  The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation. Each Thursday at 10a.m., get your FLW on! Wright’s work is all around the nation and spans such a unique approach to each work. The themes of nature, connection to nature, and the acclaimed arts & crafts movement are fully represented. Enjoy the shows!


Ways to connect: facetime, Zoom, and more

May 19th, 2020

The new normal still has ways we can stay connected to work and life. Video meetings are very popular ways to see people, hear each other, and get a lot of stuff done.

Zoom is a free conferencing app that allows up to 100 participants for a 40-minute session. There’s no limit to the number of meetings you can have. You can use it on your computer or your smartphone as well. Many organizations use it to record sessions that can be shared with others.

Skype has been around for a while and it also does video chats and meetings. It can hold meetings of up to 50 participants. You can also record meetings to share later.

Google Hangouts allows video, voice, and messaging. Up to 10 participants can enjoy it for an unlimited duration with up to 250 participants until July 1. If you have a Google account, you’re halfway home. This app also works for iPhone and Android platforms.

Facetime has also been around for a while and if you have an iPhone, it’s already in there. It’s an easy way to see and hear your loved ones for more informal use. It’s super convenient as well.

The main thing during this time is to stay connected to those you love no matter which way you choose. There’s always texting and email too. Be sure to check on friends and coworkers. They’d really appreciate hearing from you. It’s the little things that keep us going.


Instant bliss: Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting episodes are online

May 16th, 2020

If you haven’t heard of Bob Ross, you’re in for a big treat! He is the celebrated painting teacher with the big hair from public television. His creations are beautiful and his voice and teaching is simple and easy to follow. Now on Bob Ross’s YouTube page, all 31 seasons of his incredible show The Joy of Painting are free to watch. That’s almost 403 episodes of painting goodness. He paints nature scenes which are relaxing and good for beginners to try. He’ll teach you how to blend colors, painting fluffy clouds, tranquil lakes, and flourishing trees. Bob’s voice is so relaxing that some of his episodes are now on the Calm mediation app! You’d never know that before he started painting, Bob Ross was an actual drill sergeant in the military! It’s true! Go onto youtube and take a peek and discover Bob’s charisma and your creativity today!


Stay inspired! How to make a vision board

May 13th, 2020

You may have heard the term vision board before. Now is a wonderful time to create one. It can be done on the computer or by cutting out pictures from magazines. It can be simple and doesn’t have to be expensive. The whole idea is to create a fun board with your goals on in it, or things that make you happy. It’s an easy way to stay focused and be a beautiful reminder of your goals and dreams. Seeing a visual reminder is important. It helps us stay motivated. Even taking small consistent steps towards your goals, wishes, and dreams make a big difference. So have some think about what you see for your life, have fun, and make your very own vision board today!


Easy exercises to do at home

May 8th, 2020

During these delicate times, it’s still important to get your body moving and enjoy some exercise. It doesn’t have to be hardcore. There are simple ways you can get in some exercise right at home. Simple stretches will help loosen up tight muscles and get the blood circulating. Take it a step further and try yoga. Many classes including beginner’s yoga are available online and for free on youtube. Yoga is also supposed to help with emotional well-being to it’s like getting a two-fer. Going back to basics, there are sit-ups, lunges, leg lifts, dips, etc. WebMD has some more information on great ways to work out indoors. As always, please check with your healthcare practitioner about embarking upon any new workout regime. Make sure to go at your own pace, stay hydrated, and rest when needed.


Delicious & good for you: Produce in season for May

May 5th, 2020

There’s nothing like fresh and healthy produce — especially as it gets closer to summer. In season right now, you’ll enjoy a bounty of flavors.

Apricots, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, nectarines, oranges, plums, peaches, pumelos, raspberries, strawberries,

Artichokes, arugula, asparagus, avocados, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chickpeas, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, kale, mushrooms, snap peas, spinach, tomatoes, summer squash and more.

Sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, basil, chives, cilantro, garlic, mint, onions, parsley, oregano, purslane, shallots, and more.

We also found some tempting recipes from Food & Wine to try at home with all of that fresh and delicious produce.