I write because perhaps you will relate and smile.

Navigating the waters of mindful living with an empty nest and a dog.

5 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity in a Small Kitchen

5 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity in a Small Kitchen

5 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity in a Small Kitchen by Emma Lawson Small kitchens are every wannabe chef’s worst nightmare: navigating around a tiny cooking area can be a huge problem if the space was poorly designed, to say nothing of attempts to whip up culinary masterpieces and four-course family lunches. The good news is there are many ways to survive a diminutive kitchen and preserve peace of mind. Sounds impossible? It’s not, really: put these five smart hacks to use...

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Updating web address to Lori Pelikan

Updating Web Address

There are changes coming to my website! Some of the changes will reflect my love for living a mindful healthy lifestyle while living life in the moments. We all want to live a life of fullness. So how do we do it? The answer is to ride the waves and don’t tame them. Exercise your mind, body, and soul. These are the mirepoix of life. It’s the foundation for a life of fullness. You’ll find some writings on life, health, and mindfulness...

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A Father's Love

A Father’s Love

"A father teaches how to live by living a life of example. A father teaches how to respect by always being there for family. A father teaches how to dream by encouragement and belief. A father teaches how to trust by countless acts of unselfishness. A father teaches how to LOVE by passing the values of a life lived with reverence, hope, and faith. A father like this will transcend time and live in your heart forever." -Lori Pelikan Strobel Thank you Dad. You live in my...

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Waggleview with Robin Martin, Managing Editor of Under the Gum Tree

The Dog Owner: Robin Martin is the owner of Two Songbirds Press, a freelance editorial assistance business. She is also the managing editor of the creative nonfiction and arts magazine Under the Gum Tree. Dog type and Name: Nacho is a beautiful mutt, some kind of retriever mix (maybe a flat coat retriever). I let my 14-year-old son name the dog because he promised to walk her. Unfortunately, she has become accustomed to the name despite the fact that he never...

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Do Nutritional Supplements Work?

Do Nutritional Supplements Work? by Sally Wallace Lynch, Functional Nutritionist

Do nutritional supplements actually work? Every morning I shake out capsules from about 7 different bottles of supplements and swallow a handful of pills with a giant glass of water. This routine stopped a few months ago when I decided to go on what I call a “supplements fast”. I thought my body could use a reset since I’d been taking supplements for about 3 years consistently. Plus, I wasn’t sure these pills were worth all the expense and trouble every...

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