Cognitive Dissonance and the 2016 Presidential Election

Gandhi quote

The presidential race is getting to me. I’m experiencing some serious cognitive dissonance.

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Feeling Beachy :: Summer Vacation Fantasy

 

Tulum Ruins, Amansala

Tulum via

Today I’m feeling beachy. The brutal heat here is too much- take me too the water!  I want to feel the sand in my toes, hear seagulls squawking, and smell the ocean. I’m dreaming of floating in the ocean, savoring fresh ceviche by the beach, practicing yoga, basking in the sun and doing nothing. I want feel that special blend of exhaustion and satisfaction that comes from a full day spent outdoors. I’m longing to relax, recalibrate, and escape.

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e-design: Easy Kitchen Update

Texas Ranch House update

Sally and Robert want to update their kitchen dining area of their Dallas ranch home. Their styles have evolved since they last remodeled their home ten years ago: he likes sleek modern and she prefers a softer contemporary look. The challenge is coming up with a design they can agree on! Since they’ve recently lived through an extensive remodel of their master bedroom and guest bathroom, they aren’t up for any more “construction” or spending a fortune. They’ve also welcomed an adorable and very active puppy into their home, so any changes need to be minimally disruptive as well as pet-friendly. The airy kitchen opens to the dining and living rooms, overlooking the backyard pool through a vista of windows.

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Be a Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior
Peaceful Warrior Pose (Shanti Virabhadrasana): facing life’s challenges with strength, balance, and an open heart.

I woke up today feeling a heavy sadness in the wake of the horrific shootings murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the Dallas police officers who were shot while on duty protecting peaceful protesters. If you haven’t watched the shocking video that Mr.Castile’s girlfriend recorded on her phone while sitting in the car next to his wounded body (her four-year-old daughter in the back seat), you need to. The unfair treatment of black people by police is real, unacceptable, and must be stopped. All of the victims, black and white, have families who need them, love them, and will miss them.  All of their lives mattered.

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