PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

2019-09-14T19:50:39-04:00

Photo by Nate Bell on Unsplash By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC “There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me that is the essence of beauty.”  ~Steve Maraboli I tend to roll through my days so much better, and feel so much happier, when I concentrate my energy on being my perfectly imperfect self. Trusting in one’s natural flow, or way of being, doesn’t always come easy. You have to practice. Stay real. Accept your flaws. Your shortcomings. Embrace good enough! Mastering the art of seeing yourself as perfectly [...]

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT2019-09-14T19:50:39-04:00

WAKING UP EVERY DAY WITHOUT AGING

2019-09-14T19:58:05-04:00

Photo from Unsplash By Theresa Reid Let’s look at a conundrum most of us face: we all want to live lovely, long lives, but none of us want to get old. How’s that supposed to work? This basic conflict causes all kinds of unnecessary human suffering. Unnecessary because we could actually embrace aging as a phase of the human condition—not just inescapable, but beautiful, necessary, life-enhancing. I’m no Pollyanna. Aging is also painful, loss-filled, challenging, scary, and sometimes terribly sad, along with being—potentially—a uniquely beautiful phase of human development. I’m 66 (more on how to say that below!), older than most [...]

WAKING UP EVERY DAY WITHOUT AGING2019-09-14T19:58:05-04:00

IS LIFE DESTINY, OR DO WE CREATE IT?

2019-08-27T08:02:38-04:00

Photo by Mrs. Brown on Pixabay By Morella Devost One July morning in 2005, while meditating at sunrise alone in the red Arizona desert, I had the most profound experience of complete understanding in my life.  It happened while attending a retreat at Eden Hotsprings, a very special place in the middle of nowhere. I had slept in a tent in the general camping area the first night; but after watching the sunset from the top of a hill on the second evening, I decided I belonged out under the stars. For the next two nights, I slept on that hill, [...]

IS LIFE DESTINY, OR DO WE CREATE IT?2019-08-27T08:02:38-04:00

AN APPLE A DAY…

2019-08-27T08:09:22-04:00

Photo on Unsplash By Alison Corey There is nothing like being a Michigander in autumn. It is far and above my favorite season with the crisp air, sunny skies, and the colorful leaves that litter the ground. Harvest season is in full swing, and the numerous apple orchards and cider mills in the area open their doors to quench our cravings for crunchy apples, sweet cider, and donuts. One of our favorite family traditions is to head out to the apple orchard on a warm Sunday afternoon and bring home a bushel of apples. It’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon [...]

AN APPLE A DAY…2019-08-27T08:09:22-04:00

MARRIED TO MICHIGAN: QUALITY TIME WITH SARAH HARBAUGH

2019-08-27T08:29:40-04:00

It’s not every day that we have the chance to peek behind the curtain at the life of someone who is so well-known. As one of our most requested interviews at The Brick, we were excited to land time with Sarah Harbaugh. Sarah Harbaugh is married to former NFL player Jim Harbaugh, now coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines. We found it unsurprising that she’s as down-to-earth as so many of our readers are. Her willingness to let us see what it’s really like to be in the spotlight is a great reminder that behind the enormity of celebrity, very [...]

MARRIED TO MICHIGAN: QUALITY TIME WITH SARAH HARBAUGH2019-08-27T08:29:40-04:00

O’ZAPFT IS! IT’S LEDERHOSEN SEASON

2019-08-27T08:06:18-04:00

Photo on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Every year since 1950, in the city of Munich, German, the mayor busts open a barrel of beer with a hammer to kick off a two-week long celebration. You’re probably aware of what this is, of course. I’m not here to insult anyone’s beer intelligence. But for the record, Oktoberfest begins in September, and has done so since 1819. It lasts two weeks. There is a lot of beer flowing, to put it mildly. These days, it’s taken on a serious touristy edge, complete with carnival-style rides and whatnot, but it remains one of the best [...]

O’ZAPFT IS! IT’S LEDERHOSEN SEASON2019-08-27T08:06:18-04:00
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