The Healing Power of Laughter & Play

For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15, The New Living Translation). Being fully engaged with life means packing in plenty of laughter and play. Humor not only feels good, —activating regions of the brain associated with happiness and euphoria —but can give us a [...]

By | April 30th, 2010|Balanced Living, Laughter|0 Comments


If plants could speak, the message from the geranium would be, “Don’t do a thing let yourself be pampered”.  In experimental outpatient clinics in Azerbaijan, patients sit comfortably in an aromatherapy room sniffing fragrant plants such as the rose geranium.  They inhale the aromas according to a prescription, which specifies how many times a week [...]

By | April 29th, 2010|Aromatherapy, Laughter|0 Comments

The Tiny Sunflower Seed is BIG in Nutrition

When I think of a sunflower, the first words that come to mind are majestic, stately, and extremely tall. Not only does the sunflower dwarf humans in stature, they are also big in nutrition. Sunflower seeds are one of the first plants to be cultivated in the United States and have been used by Native [...]

By | April 29th, 2010|Balanced Nutrition, Laughter|0 Comments

Missions: The Physical Takes the Spiritual Where It Needs to Go

I recently returned from a mission trip to Guyana, South America. The area is similar to areas along the Amazon River. It is hot, sweaty, and sticky. Most travel is by plane, boat, or by foot. Disease is rampant, the food is different, and the animals (and some people) will eat you.  Everything exists outside [...]

By | April 22nd, 2010|Fit for Missions, Laughter|0 Comments

Deserting Desserts

humSometimes adolescents can be so delightful and their perspective quite refreshing, but at other times, they can be painfully and brutally honest. For months, I had noticed my curvaceous body beginning to round out a little. Though this caused me a little anxiety, I procrastinated about doing anything to reverse the impending doom which loomed [...]

By | April 22nd, 2010|Laughter, Living Inspiration|0 Comments

An Elastic Universe

The Universe has no center in the same way the surface of a ball has no center. This knowledge results from how astronomers think the Universe started, and that says something about Who started it. The Universe - —time, the three dimensions of space, matter, energy, and the laws of logic and physics—came into existence [...]

By | April 22nd, 2010|Astronomy Corner, Laughter|0 Comments

Sunflower Seed Crusted Tuna

1 Tuna Steak1/4 cup Olive Oil1 Sunflower Seeds1/2 tsp. Salt1/2 tsp. Black Pepper1/2 tsp. Whole Coriander Seeds In a food processor combine sunflower seeds, salt, black pepper and coriander to create a crumb mixture. Coat steak with olive oil and them with the crumb mixture and broil fish in the oven for about 7 minutes. [...]

By | April 22nd, 2010|Balanced Nutrition, Laughter|0 Comments