I recently read that putting your hair up as soon as you get home can protect it from damage (like when your head is lolling around on the couch during the 11 o’clock news).

So, I started doing it about 2 months ago, and guess what?

My hair is smoother, maybe(?) a little thicker, and it’s definitely grown longer.  I think just that little extra protection from breakage made all the difference!

Who knew?

zodiac power colors

It’s fun to play the party game “what’s your sign?”, but did you realize that there are power colors associated with your astrological sign?  Your favorite color might not be determined by your zodiac sign, but your ‘power color’ — a color that brings out your best qualities — is determined by the zodiac.  Let’s see how you stack up with this list.  Does your color make you feel particularly fabulous?

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Aries corresponds to the bright red, a color of fire, of great passions, of fight, of courage and of action. This color indicates the thirst for life and the will to win in all situations. It is said that this color strengthens will power and increases courage.

Taurus corresponds to the green color, the specific spring green, a color of contentment, reconciliation and acceptance. This color brings peace, it relaxes and soothes the nerves.

Gemini corresponds to the blue color, a color of creativity, mental openness and spontaneity. In cromotherapy, this color is used for amplifying beneficial, harmonious, artistic and mental inspirations.

Cancer corresponds to silver or white, both of them indicating receptivity, sensitivity and refinement, which appear as decisive elements for Cancer natives. White indicates the aspiration for purity.

Leo corresponds to bright yellow, or even golden, in connection with the Sun, which is the patron of this star sign. Yellow is a color of high aspirations, of refined humor, of the tendency towards constant self-accomplishment and self-development. This color increases joy and the power to focus.

Virgo corresponds to dark blue, indicating loyalty, balance and stability. This color also indicates depth of focus and analysis.

Libra corresponds to light blue and pink. Pink is a color related to optimism and the joy of life, showing sociability and the power to adapt.

Scorpio corresponds to red and black. Both colors characterize very well the nature of this star sign, indicating eros and death. Nevertheless, the red specific to the Scorpio is cherry red and the pure nuance of cherry red indicates the power of fast transformation and the force of transfiguration.

Sagittarius corresponds to purple red and turquoise. Turquoise is euphoric and calming, and purple red is a color that helps overcoming inferiority complexes.

Capricorn corresponds to dark green. This color indicates stability, individualism, peace, tendency for solitude.

Aquarius corresponds to indigo, a color of superior intuition, of the love for truth and of practical intelligence. The spontaneous preference for indigo shows the rebellion against the ordinary.

Pisces corresponds to violet, a color of detachment, spiritual intuitions and innocence. This color also shows the tendency towards embracing and expanding.


morning hike: Raven Run Nature Sanctuary

An early morning hike on these hot days is a great way to enjoy nature and get a great cardiovascular workout.

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary has a number of well marked trails in a range of distances for hikers of all abilities.  Head out for some scenic vistas and a range of flora and fauna–the meadow portion has some great birding!

Click HERE to visit the Raven Run page on

orson scott card at joseph beth booksellers

I’m having a total geek moment here…

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For those sci-fi fans out there, Orson Scott Card will be signing his new book, Earth Unaware, at Joseph Beth Booksellers this evening, Thursday, July 19 at 7 pm.  When Card was here in Lexington 10 years ago, I missed his book signing because I was sick.  My parents graciously waited in line for me to have Shadow of the Hegemon signed.  I’m super excited to excited to get to go this time!

The event is ticketed, but tickets are free with the purchase of Earth Unaware, available starting July 17th.  Gives Back Members will have a limited opportunity to meet the author first.

I just might see you there.


salmon baked in foil

Hello Monday!  Let’s start the week with a healthy recipe from Giada that has become a staple meal at our house this summer.  It’s super easy to make, and very delicious!

Click the link below for the recipe:

Salmon Baked in Foil

The salad is one we have almost every night with dinner.   Add a side of brown rice for a perfectly balanced meal!


Herb Goat Cheese
Cherry Tomatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Aged Balsamic Vinegar