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This May Seem Out Of The Blue

Posted: 6 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 3 minutes, 3 seconds
{Hout Bay, South Africa}January is the month for making plans. Sales teams, teachers, wedding planners and people partial to making New Year's resolutions are working hard putting together plans for 2014. This may seems like it is coming out of the blue but January is the time to plan your vacation. Yes, we have just come off a se...
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How Do You Know It's Really Spring?

Posted: 7 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 1 minute, 7 seconds
For months I have eagerly waited for spring because I wanted to share the beauty of this tulip garden with you. In April and May it is a fantastical nook of color and fanciful clusters of tulips, tucked between two building on 89th Street. It is also my official bellwether for spring. When the tulips bloom in the West Side Community Garden, I know spring has officially arrived. T...
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Welcoming the Weekend: Alone Time

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 2 minutes, 0 seconds
The weekend is ahead and wide open. Marty and I both travel for our jobs but this weekend I will be home while Marty will be away. I truly value the occasional solitary weekend, as I know Marty does too. When I was younger, the thought of being away from the man I love was torture. I would mope around counting the hours until his return, desperate for a phone call. Today I shake my head at that young girl and...
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What’s on the books for the weekend?

Posted: 8 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 1 minute, 31 seconds
“Do you want this? Yes, I’ll take it.” That is how it started. My mom died this past June and in July I loaded a dozen boxes of family photos, slides, film and videos into a Budget rental a truck. I agreed to a sort through 80 plus years of images that I would organize, scan and share with my sister and brother. And they agreed I should do it. That is what I get for being the bossy and org...
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It’s Cherry Blossom Time!

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 3 minutes, 16 seconds
What’s amazing about trees is that all of us have that childhood special tree that we just loved. Being around memorable trees arouses the feeling that we are around something special.  Something heartfelt. Around Wooster Square, a community near mine, children of all ages love this time of year for the cherry blossoms. Now, if you want to exp...
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Spring Blossoms!

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 1 minute, 53 seconds
Spring blossoms forth in an annual cycle; so do the other environments that nurture your mind, body and soul. Now, as nature is beginning to flourish, won’t you join me in noticing the blossoming of some very important environments: our communities.I’m a transplanted Floridian and one of the things that keeps me going during dreary New England winters is considering that the environments that make up our lives tend to rejuvenate along with the earth. I have to remember this in the dead...
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Away from the screen and into the woods

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 5 minutes, 14 seconds
Do you ever get the feeling youʼre spending way too much time sitting in front of a screen? I did about 10 years ago and resolved to do something about it, initiating an unexpected journey of transformation and discovery.Growing up in the suburbs of the South African metropolis that is Johannesburg, City of Gold, I enjoyed a climate similar to Phoenix, Arizona; a short mild winter and a dry hot summer punctuated by massive rolling thunderstorms. This was very conducive to being outside...
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The Plan

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Rest & Relaxation | Read Time: 7 minutes, 39 seconds
 The plan started to take form after sitting quietly at dawn for several days listing “things I said I wanted to do when I grew up” and “things I like”. In our family we are big list people, a trait we learned from my father. At the time of his death, we found a list of all the books he had ever read and I was abl...
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