Showing your mind who’s boss

This post by my friend Sara Foley is simply brilliant…

The Practical Mystic

Why is it so important to be be in charge of our minds rather than the other way around?

Note: This is like asking why isn’t it okay to let your 10 year old son drive around in your car.

You can either work your mind or it can work you. If you work it, it can be an amazing tool, sharp and incisive. If it works you, it will be like you have a circus full of monkeys in your head all day and all night.

This idea that that you can be in charge of your mind rather than the other way around is kind of revolutionary to some people. They get angsty, much in the same way that if you tell them that drinking milk is not going to make their bones stronger (ha! see what I did there?). You see, our culture has a long history…

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Road Tripping

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I’m in the process of planning a road trip down to Atlanta in November.  I haven’t seen my sister and her family in almost two years, and as my folks live just 20 minutes from them, it’ll give me the chance to spend some serious quality time with them all.  To say I’m excited would be putting it mildly.

To break up the solo drive, I’ve decided on 8-10 stops each way, visiting places I’ve always wanted to go, but never have.  And to pay for this venture, I’m using the remainder of the money I earned from my last cookbook, as well as selling the remaining copies I received.  For just $15, you can help me and help yourself!  Yes, you can buy it cheaper on Amazon.  But will you get a signed cookbook, lovingly mailed by the author herself?  HECK NO!

The DASH Diet 30 Minute Cookbook

I don’t make any royalties from my cookbooks.  None.  I was…

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Memories of Muskoka – Vacation 2013

My husband and I spent a very relaxing ten days in beautiful Lake Muskoka, north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Thank you to our dearest friends, P&M, for letting us stay at your beautiful cottage, your endless generosity, and for suggesting the perfect environment to create such a wonderfully relaxing vacation.  xoxo

Great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget…


Port Carling, Ontario, the closest town, was a charming settlement with a weekly farmer’s market, pretty shops, great breakfast served at Ella’s Restaurant, and nearby hiking trails.  The town of Bracebridge was just a little further and also fun to visit.


We had no access to a telephone or internet, thanks to our limited cell phone plan that does not have international coverage included.  Without connectivity, I had to overcome my electronic withdrawal jitters and take the time to really relax!


I did the following while on vacation:

  • spent precious time with longtime friends
  • read three books
  • wrote in a journal
  • ate lots of ice cream
  • experimented with recipes from Fine Cooking
  • went canoeing
  • attended a Highland dance competition with my girlfriend to watch her daughters perform (such focus! such determination! such high jumps! so many different outfits!;)
  • went boating with our friends across all three big lakes (Muskoka, Rosseau, and Joseph)
  • took tons of pictures
  • watched my husband kayak at dawn
  • hung out on the dock in a Muskoka chair
  • went antiquing
  • did almost everything on the list as suggested by M. as the must “see and do” places in Muskoka 😉
  • browsed the fancy shops
  • took time for a salon pedicure
  • listened to the loons call at night
  • slept in every day
  • and generally had a thoroughly perfect vacation!!


I had never been to the Muskoka region before, and I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from our time there.  Hope you enjoy!

xo Rufina

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Masterpiece

Here is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge depicting a natural Masterpiece, The Lily, as found in it’s wilderness setting of northern New York.  I stumbled across this beauty while my husband and I were canoeing, and her radiant bloom begged for a picture.  She was not one bit camera shy! 😉

The Lily

The Lily

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Feeling Good – Reprise


Birds flyin’ high, you know how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know how I feel

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Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me.
Yeah, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, ooooooooh…
And I’m feelin’ good.

Fish in the sea, you know how I feel
River runnin’ free, you know how I feel

Racquette River1

Racquette River 2
Blossom on the tree, you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me,
And I’m feelin’ good

Dragonfly out in the sun, you know what I mean, don’t you know,

Butterflies all havin’ fun, you know what I mean.

Sleep in peace when day is done: that’s what I mean,
And this old world is a new world and a bold world for me…

Bold world

Stars when you shine, you know how I feel
Scent of the pine, you know how I feel

Pine Tree
Yeah, freedom is mine, and I know how I feel..
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me
And I’m feelin’… good.

Lily pad

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Feeling Good – What’s YOUR Theme Song?

Taking vacation for the next two weeks…and I’ve discovered that life looks and feels a little different when you have a theme song.

Feeling Good by Nina Simone captures my groovy mood perfectly!

Relax and Enjoy.

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Some tips for the seeker of Truth

Be in your seeing Being. Profound words…

Zen Flash

Some tips for the seeker of Truth: Take a few breaths in That which is breathless.
You are not data-based.
You are emptiness.

Get out of your own way.
Know and be your instant-ness.
Fall inside your own ocean of Being.
Burn in the fire of your own yes to the Real.
True seeing — your sharpest sword.

Don’t be in what you are seeing;
be in your seeing Being.


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