Lessons from 5 Years of Drought

Health Wellness Drought Desert






I live in California. Everywhere the weather patterns are changing. We are going into our 5th year of severe drought. Now I turn off the water in the shower as I wash my hair or…

August is “Happiness Month”

August Happiness Month






This seems a bit odd to me as happiness should really be a year round theme! When the word “happiness” crops up, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a beautifully reflective and deep…

How to STOP Stress and find CALM

meditation stress






Cancer is stressful. In fact, some experts say that cancer is traumatic and that anyone who has lived through or lives with cancer suffers from traumatic stress. I have been a meditator for over 40…

June is Cancer Survivors Month

cancer inspiration

I don’t really like the word “survivor”…it sounds like the walking wounded. Some people like the word “thriver” instead of “survivor”. I prefer to talk about “living well beyond cancer”. Today in the US there are…

The Benefits of Vulnerability

I have been pondering some big words, like vulnerability and helplessness lately.   For me, being a very independent person and mostly a loner, asking for help and vulnerability are all uncomfortably woven together. I…

Recipe: Lavender-Mint Summer Fruit Salad






Lavender and Mint not only add nuance and flavor but also plant chemicals called terpenoids that offer cell protection and enhance digestive function. Blend your favorite summer fruits including richly colored berries filles with anthocyanadins and phytophenols which are super antioxidants.






Free Exercise Program for Women with Cancer






Free Exercise Program for Women with Cancer Just a few blocks from my Integrative Cancer Care and Wellness Medicine clinic in Santa Monica, California, the local chapter of the YMCA hosts Encore: A Free Program for…