Fitness and Health

Sea Sights

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill
We are in the mid-stretch of the Olympic Games. Where dreams are gold in Rio. In the excitement of champions being made, Dream Team USA inspires a new generation. As Michael Phelps moves through the water like a dolphin in a speedo. Since 776 BC, when the Ancient Greeks held their first Olympiad, the games have been a part of human history. (Although it is believed the games were held earlier, the first written records of the ancient Olympic Games date back to 776 BC, when a cook named Coroebus won the only event of the games – a 192-meter footrace called the stade (the origin of the modern “stadium”) and became the first Olympic champion). Over the next 12 centuries, the Games expanded, adding other athletic events up until AD 393, when Emperor Theodosius I decided to shut them down. Just because he thought they were too ‘pagan’.

Of course, the Olympics did rise again. But, not until the late 1800s.  The first modern Olympics was held in 1896, in Athens, Greece. Thanks to Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France,who founded the International Olympic Committee.

Now, while the world was watching the Games in Rio last week, I was making friends with sea horses. I know that sounds a little odd – considering seahorses or “horse sea monsters” are mainly found in seagrass beds, estuaries, coral reefs, and mangroves, and not on city streets where my car likes to roam. I suspect any connection to the Olympics may appear a bit far-fetched to you too. However, as it turns out, seahorses are world record holders. They are considered to be the slowest-moving fish on the planet. Being that they are such well below average swimmers, they tend to rest a lot. Usually, at the bottom with their prehensile tail wrapped around a stationary object.  It is a bit of an odd fish – as fishes go. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Play the Game of Life

photos and blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

What fascinates me most about my job as a journalist is the personal journeys people take to fulfill their life’s expression. It’s like a fingerprint the way a person plays the game of life. No two are identical. Read the rest of this entry »

At the Trailhead of Two Stories

blog and photos by Robyn Wyman-dill

We are sliding down the calendar into Halloween week with a waxing moon expanding into the first lunar quarter.  Everywhere you turn, orange is the dominant color, especially in the desert terrain of Coachella Valley.  Where the Mexican Birds of Paradise bushes are now in bloom and looking spectacular.  Much like the seasonal influx of colder weather tourists, the tropical plant has learned how to adapt and regenerate in Palm Spring’s windy vortex and dryer climate. Which leads us to the trailhead one of our two stories about  the region’s first settlers.  The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Read the rest of this entry »

Taco Talk

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Some weeks seem to shine the light on our world mess better than others. Not because the special interests, religions and ideologies in the world are any more hell bent on multiplying their ranks – by dividing and conquering – than usual.  It’s more a feeling I get that intelligent signs of life have exited the building. Leaving behind no forwarding address. Which makes me hunger for the biggest common denominator and ultimate peacemaker – comfort food. According to psychological studies -this may be consumed for the purpose of positively piquing emotions. Replacing negative vibes with positive feelings. Read the rest of this entry »

Hot to Trot Week

by Robyn Wyman-Dill

Another hotter than ever week trickles in, bringing humidity to southern California.  Much to everyone’s discomfort and surprise. Yet, according to the Christian Science Monitor, heat waves coupled with high humidity have been on the rise(in terms of frequency and intensity) for more than 20 years here. It’s just taken this long for everyone to notice.

Let’s talk about the weather. Heat waves come in varieties. Southern California has two.  A daytime heat that tends to be dry and a nighttime heat that holds onto the high humidity throughout the day.  It’s the nighttime heat that gets you every time.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem to affect the festive spirits here.  Because, during all this oppressive heat, there are happy feet dancing ‘moderne’ at the Laguna Dance Festival, models strutting their stuff on the catwalk at Style Week OC and the finest horses jumping fences to win the ASPCA Regionals at Blenheim Equisports Park. I coined it, ‘a hot to trot week’ for obvious reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

September

blog by Robyn Wyman-Dill

September is my favorite month of the year in the western hemisphere. This season, the changing tides seem to be headed for the better with California on the verge of becoming the first state in the nation to enact the one-use plastic bag ban!  The California Senate has voted 22-15 in favor of just such a bill which is expected to be approved by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown this September. Coming to supermarkets soon, the measure – – will ban grocery stores from handing out single-use grocery bags with purchases and provide money to local plastic bag companies to help them retool their wares to make heavier, multiple-use bags that customers can buy.

Now considering more than 10 billion plastic bags are used in California each year(According to an estimate by Californians Against Waste, an advocacy group supporting the bill.), this is exciting news. For more in-depth chatter about plastic see http://rjwdcreative.com/blog/2014/08/15/the-plastic-wrap/.  Meanwhile some 3,000 miles – that’s about 1350 kilometers – away, two albino lobsters made a rare appearance off the coast of Maine.

Little did I know lobsters come in colors. Like calico, blue, yellow, red, albino and split-colored. Read the rest of this entry »

A Week in the Key of Life

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

What a week it has been in sports!  With Novak Djokovic taking the title in a command performance at Wimbledon, while the Tour de France winds its way down 122 miles (197 km) of country lanes through Sheffield and York.  On average at a speed of 25 miles an hour.  And then, there is soccer.

Since we became global, the US has been building strength in this world sport.  Winning the hearts of multinational spectators in the process. The team would really embody the champion spirit in their game against Belgium and not let up – even after their defeat was sealed in the final moments. Between sporting events, I finish reading, Carrie White’s book, Upper Cut, with its silver cover and ‘silver lining’ ending. (See blog http://rjwdcreative.com/blog/2014/06/10/i-turn-to-page-one/)  Read the rest of this entry »

Awesome Ayres of Manhattan Beach

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

photos and blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

 

It’s a holiday weekend in Southern California.  Which means beach barbecues and backyard grills will be in full swing, cooking the cuisine I like to call ‘pure Americana’.  (Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, cole slaw and potato salads.)   While the ‘barbies’ are being prepped, we head for the sands of Manhattan Beach, a well-heeled coastal community south of  Los Angeles International Airport.  My hometown for 15 years – which I am visiting 14 years later.

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Be Bragg Healthy

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Every living thing is ducking for cover as temperatures soar in southern California.

The Santa Ana winds are blasting us with a force so strong, it knocks birds right out of the trees. Three hummingbirds seek refuge in the upstairs bedrooms as the Sun beats down on the ground, wilting the foliage. Meanwhile pollen and dust and the smoke from the fires make eyes weep.

Under the tyranny of hot weather, you can expect a lack of energy, a need for napping(I have completed several siestas this week)blog delays and two teary eyes that itch.

While Californians are getting a deeper meaning of weather….I pour a glass of artesian water, adding a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.  It is my morning ritual.  The very first drink of my day – taken with allergy tablets.  As you’d expect, it’s thirst-quenching.  And it cured a boatload of ailments. Read the rest of this entry »

A Dip in a Desert Oasis

blog by Robyn Wyman-dill

Since our blog began we’ve explored the benefits of bottled at the source, Mountain Valley Mineral Spring Water http://rjwdcreative.com/blog/2013/08/11/mount-olympus-delicious-mountain-valley-spring-water/ and the masterful coupling of thirst-quenching San Pellegrino Mineral Water with the intense taste of rich blood orange juice http://rjwdcreative.com/blog/2014/03/27/o-is-for-orange-drink/.  We took you on a road trip, stopping for a dip in stressbuster waters. http://rjwdcreative.com/blog/2013/03/21/stress-buster/.     

Thanks to the powerful energy of a positive vortex, we decided to return for a dip in those very pools of stressbuster water…aka mineral water – at the source in Desert Hot Springs, California.

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