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Classes, the conference, using comedy for stress reduction and a CSA update are the topics this month.


I am honored and excited to again be presenting at the Women and Spirituality Conference  in Rochester on September 22nd.  Weekend and one day options are available.  This will be my 4th year and attending is one the highlights of my fall.  Click on the link below for more information on my presentation.

Finding Balance as an Empath

St. Louis Park Rec Center Classes all in Wolfe Park  3700 Monterey Dr, SLP, MN 55416

We are moving back inside the pavilion. Fall registration is now available:

Monday – Vinyasa Flow Yoga also has some hatha and yin, faster pace than Wednesday but beginners are welcome and has space 11:30am-12:30pm from 9/10-10/22

Monday – Functional Fitness has cardio, strength and balance 6-7pm  from 9/10 to 10/22

Wednesday – Express Cardio Strength and Core is interval style 6-6:45pmfrom 9/12-10/24

NEW CLASS Wednesday – Gentle Yoga strength balance and restortive poses is almost full 7-7:45pm from 9/12-10/24 

If you have any questions please contact me

Here is the link to register for the series of classes


A sometimes overlooked remedy for stress is humor. Serveral years ago a creature call “Nessie” was set in a different lake around Minneapolis for the summer. She is pictured above. I would laugh ever single time I drove by her.  I was reminded of how good it is to laugh a lot when I went to see Earth Wind and Fire at the State Fair. The warm up was the comedian Sinbad. I don’t go to a lot of comedy shows, but I usually leave feeling better.  He was great. 

I cut the cord to my cable on June 1st for many reasons, I have not watched any TV at home all summer. Some of the comedians I saw on TV in recent years were very negative with comedy at the expense of others. Ellen DeGeneres summed up the way I feel in this quote

“I think it is a fine line to find the edge of being cruel with comedy and most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else’s expense. And I find that that’s just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else’s feelings.”

I love comedians and comedy shows that look at some of our absurd human experiences. When I had TV, I watched re-runs of 3rd Rock from the Sun. It made me laugh at our strange actions on this planet.  The premise is aliens are posing as a family to observe the behavior of human beings.  I found many very funny and also some touching moments about what it means to be human. Here is an example from the alien who is the son, a teenage boy named Tommy Solomon, in his gym class.

Coach Strickland: Solomon, climb the rope!

Tommy Solomon: What’s at the top of the rope?

Coach Strickland: Your self-esteem.

Tommy Solomon: My self-esteem?

Coach Strickland: Now climb the rope or you get to go sit with the girls.

Tommy Solomon: So if I don’t climb the rope, I get to go sit with the girls? You’re going to have to help me out here, I’m failing to see the downside.

I also like the recent comedy The Good Place. A woman wakes up in the afterlife and is in Heaven in reward for her righteous life. She realizes that she was sent there by mistake and must hide her extremely bad behavior so she can stay. Non human beings are also trying to figure humans out.  I won’t tell you more about the plot twists in case you want to watch it.  Without TV, I’m using YouTube and my Netflix and Amazon subscriptions to see comedies.  How often do you use comedy for stress reduction?


Purple Cabbage from the CSA

I will continue on with a CSA in the future.  Community-supported agriculture or a CSA model connects the producer and consumers within the food system.  Starting in late June I paid upfront to get 18 weeks of in-season, freshly picked, ecologically grown produce without toxic chemicals. It has been a great deal and the produce has been amazing.  Paying up front could be a pro or con it was a lot of money at first but now I can budget less for summer and fall groceries.


Supporting a local business, it was very fun to be able to drive out to the farm and see where my produce is “produced”.

Getting organic vegetables I know are really organic.

Getting vegetables for less money than a store by cutting out the middle people.

Expanding my food list by trying new things (especially purple things) that I don’t see in the stores.

Being able to give corn to my friends.  I know it is totally un-Minnesotan but I don’t like the texture of sweet corn.

Not having to make a vegetable grocery list.

Getting flowers as an extra a few times.


Having to pick up my vegetables at a specific place and limited time range.

Having to go to another place for the rest of my groceries.

No refund for my vacation week but I was able to give my share to a friend.

Extra time learning new recipes and new ways to cook the strange new vegetables.

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