Gambier Cookies

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Jul 262014

Gambier Island is one of my favourite places in the world – I grew up swimming in the ocean and running through the trails behind our cottage.  Now, I enjoy weekends here with friends and family.  One of my dear friends, Barb Cornish, passed along this recipe to me.  I hope you love these cookies as much as I do.


  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granola or oats (not instant oats)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup any type of nuts (we used walnuts and pecans)
  • 2/3 cup cranberries
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy; add eggs and mix well.
  3. Mix together granola, flour, baking soda and salt and mix well into butter/sugar/egg mixture.
  4. Add nuts, cranberries and chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten to your own preference for thickness/size.
  6. Cook 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom.



Brain Power at 101

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May 162014

I want to be engaged, alive, excited about keeping memories, experience each moment with clarity and passion for a lucid, active long life.  Here are some tips to potentially keep your brain in working order.  These highlights are from the February 2014 Nutrition Action Healthletter, an excellent source of healthy lifestyle information.

  1. WATCH YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE and BLOOD sugar  – high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes takes a toll on the brain and is a risk factor for latter life cognitive impairment.
  2. LOSE WEIGHT –  a western diet of overeating and gaining excess pounds may cause high blood insulin  which research is leaning towards the possible decrease in cognitive abilities  as one ages.  Try the intermittent diet. Two days a week (ie. Tuesday and Wednesday) eat 250 grams of lean protein ( beans, chick peas, skinless chicken), 3 servings of low fat dairy (yogurt, milk)  4 servings of low carb vegetables (ie brocolli , kale, spinach, peppers, tomatoes).  Intermittent fasting not only increases brain levels of protein that stimulate the growth of new brain cells and connection between them it also causes weight lose. The other five days cut out one habit ie.  cut out a dessert, an alcoholic beverage, cream sauce or white pasta or bread.
  3. GET MOVING – walk briskly, go to Zumba or aerobic classes, elevate your pulse so you are huffing and puffing when you are moving.  Try to create space on your calender for 4 times a week for a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes a day.  Exercise may expand brain volume and protect the cells that line blood vessels.
  4. USE YOUR NOGGIN – play suduco, bridge, read books that introduce new concepts of life, engage in social activities, develop your intellectual powers, care and connect. By doing this you are developing cognitive reserve for latter life.
  5. SLEEP – A study in mice show mice who sleep continuously  found that the brain cells expanded from 14 % to 23% , which may make it easier for toxic waste products to be flushed out of the brain. The transference to human has not been proven.  Try to have 6-8 hours a night.  It may produce positive effects for your brain a hormone called leptin is produced which helps in weight control.  Too early in the research to be conclusive.
  6. CAFFEINE – Caffiene may protect your brain against cognitive decline. A study showed drinking 4 to 5 cups of coffee like Maxwell House (500 milligrams a day) or two tall specialty house coffees ( ie Starbucks 520 milligrams) may be associated with memory preservation.  Too early in the research to be conclusive.
  7. VITAMIN  D – studies have shown that people with low blood levels of vitamin D have a greater risk of dementia.  Still in the evaluating stage.
  8. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT – keeping a lid on your blood sugar and blood pressure. Eat a diet based on OmniHeart and Dash studies. It is rich in vegetables, fruits and fiber. Low in sugar carbs and saturated fats . . . . based on 2100 calories a day:
  • Veggies and fruit –  11 servings (ie. half cup blueberries, brocolli, kale, greens, carrots, beets, melons, or 1 fruits, (ie Granny Smith apples, banana)
  • grains  – 4 servings (ie.half cup brown pasta or high fiber cereal, 1 slice multigrain bread
  • Low fat dairy – 2 servings(ie.1 cup low fat milk or yogurt, 40g low fat cheese- feta, ricotta
  • Legumes and nuts- 2 servings (ie. half cup black beans or garbanzo,quarter  cup almonds, sunflower, pumpkin seeds, 120g tofu)
  • Poultry and fish- 120g (ie. salmon max 2 times a week, trout,mackerel ,baked chicken with no skin, shrimp max 1 time a week)
  • Oils and fats – 2 tbs (olive oil)
  • Desserts and sweets – 2 (small oatmeal cookie, high fiber granola bar- note: this would use up 1 serving of oil)
  • Wild card – 1 (one more of above )
Pick one or two behaviors from the list above and concentrate on modifying these behaviors over a 90 day period.  If you fall off the wagon, climb back on. Don’t waste energy or brain power in beating yourself up.
Three cheers for you and all you do to improve your smarts.  I wish you a Long and healthy life filled with happy memories and moment to moment sharpness.
Namaste (may the love and light in me salute the love and light in you).


 Yoga Poems and Readings  Comments Off on Contemplation
Jul 252013

Pause , breathe , push yourself away from responsibility for 5 minutes…….

“Am I enough the way I am today ????”

Have you ever felt…”I am not enough”….. society has said it, my Mom and Dad have said it, my children or friends have blasted it into my brain that I needed to be more. Take a break and absorb this poem by Danna Faulds

It is enough to offer love,
No matter how imperfectly received or given.
It’s enough to try and fail at a difficult task; enough
To fall and rise and stumble, sigh and start to walk however slowly,  in the direction the soul (not the mind) points.
It’s enough to seek peace and find pain, to gain nothing but the vision of the truth, and take the long way home. Continue reading »

Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu

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Jul 252013
Come and join me In celebration of our universe and all living beings in it’s heart.
Will Blunderfield sings this thought in his song  “Loka Samasta sukino bhavantu “.  This means……
May the entire universe be filled with peace, joy, love and light.  May all human beings be free and happy.   May the thoughts, words and actions of my own contribute to the freedom and happiness of all. 
Crank on the inspiration and bask yourself in experiencing heaven on earth with Will.



Jul 022013

A question for you!

quote-barbaracromptonIf you had a pie shape and you were to divide the pie into percentages……what percentage of your life do you live in the past,what percentage of your life do you live in the future and what percentage of your life do you live in the present.

If you live mostly in the past you may experience shame and guilt of what you didn’t or should have done (a useless self destructive emotions) or you may experience envy of your past youth or your fleeting fame of your heyday (a self defeating emotion).

If you live mostly in the future you may experience intense, maybe irrational fear of what will be..getting sick, losing your youth,not having enough money to live.

Yes, the past is grand…..those cherishable memories of family, friends and events. Yes, the future is grand ….the planning of trips and exciting adventures. Continue reading »


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Jun 142013

On Wednesday, I did a keynote presentation for an AGM at a corporate site. It was the first time doing this where I shared my personal story.

The motivator behind my decision to deliver this topic was a TedX video with researcher Brene Brown, a Doctor who researches vulnerability and shame. But more importantly than her title, she is an honest, real and dynamic human with wise words to ponder!


With deep appreciation for our connection,



 Yoga Poems and Readings  Comments Off on Humility
Mar 142013

Humility ….pause, breathe and pull yourself away from your computer!

Join me for a short ride in examining humility in your life:

Humility is a interesting word and I believe it has given humble people a “less than”rap in our society . The synonyms in the dictionary are submissive, meek, lowly…….HMMM , not what I believe is humility. A definition I thought was getting closer to what I perceive.. Humility is ” the quality of being modest and respectful, a righteous virtue”. Then I read on and it described humility as an egoless self. HMMMM, egoless self , I don’t know …..maybe there a place for a balanced ego?

Here are a few quotes that made sense me. Take 5 minutes (1 minute each question) to contemplate on how these statement may impact your life.

  1. Humility fights against excessive self pride.  Think about a situation that self pride took over your being. What action would you like to have done differently in this encounter?
  2. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own innate powers you cannot be successful or happy !  In what situation did you doubt your abilities? What thoughts and actions could you have recruited of your humble but reasonable confidence and innate powers to make you happier or more content.
  3. The higher we are placed , the humbler we Continue reading »

Younger Next Year

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Mar 012013

Younger Next Year” by authors Chris Crowley and Harry Lodge is one of the books I life my life by. I highly recommend picking up a copy, but here is my adaptation to get you started.  ~ Barb

younger-bookHere are some VALUABLE lifestyle habits to adopt. You only have one life, no dress rehearsals so get younger every year and subscribe to the following philosophies…..

Buy a heart rate monitor/step counter watch (cheapest and best Smart heart at Wallmart or London drugs about 30.00). Put your watch on in the morning when you get up, take off at bedtime. It is part of you now.

To be younger next year … Continue reading »


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Feb 062013

Sometimes I am impatient in my yoga practise. Many times I am impatient in traffic. Frequently I am impatient and find myself wanting to finish peoples sentences. Often I am impatient in learning a new task, working through difficulties in a relationship and wanting others to understand my point of view.

The art of patience has been under rated in our society. Patience is defined as a state of endurance under difficult circumstance, a means of preserving in the face of provocation,without activating annoyance or anger in a negative way.

Through my yoga practise my body has taught my mind to experience patience both on the mat (my physical yoga practise) and off the mat (my living in the world).

Here are the five “A”‘s of patience: Continue reading »

The Serenity of Yin and the Courage of Yang

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Jan 132013

Do you live your life in balance of yin and yang energies?

Yang thinking and living is the right side of our being, the light and determined side that pushes through each occurrence with abiding energy and passion. Yang behaviors love to control and force situations to happen. They are the leaders, the planners , the goers and doers of life.

Yin thinking and living is the left side of our being, the dark and quiet side that sits and listens in the moment. Yin behaviors will give up control and surrender to what is, peeling the layers of lifes complexity and softening the monkey mind so to dwell in peace.

My being loves Yang lifestyle. I love to plan new adventures,to find challenges to overcome, to hike mountains to feel the power of my thighs ,to push through my assertive yoga practise to perfect another pose, to give back to humanity by Continue reading »