“There’s a lot of difference between a showman and a shaman” -Two-bit Guru


  • If you’re in a boring discussion and think you might nod off, relax (sort of) because your brain will actually perk up the droning voices you are hearing and make them more interesting to you in your head. Might be why some marriages last as long as they do.
  • Dr. Andrew Weil, the Santa Claus of integrative medicine, says that we Westerners are in the midst of a depression epidemic because of the materialistic model of our mental health treatment. Eastern mindfulness practice, he says, is a better way to go.
  • A bunch of folks with superior memories and some advice on what you might do to improve yours, including physical exercise. I’m going to read it as soon as remember where I put my glasses.
  • Your brain will be happier, and so will you, if you limit your scope and refrain from achieving your full potential. I think this falls into the Ignorance is Bliss department of personal development.


  • Of the 6 health benefits of cinnamon the last on the list is best: Improves Cognition and Memory. Forget the memory advice above (get it?) and please pass that tray of cinnamon rolls.
  • Plants that attract good bugs to your garden, and how to identify the good guys from the bad boys.
  • If you don’t know where to begin with your pollarding and coppicing in the garden, read this. What? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, neither did I until I read the article.
  • If you’ve got adrenal fatigue your standardized doctor might not be able to measure it and may deny its existence, but the holistic bunch (and increasingly enlightened MDs) know better. If your butt is dragging like an old wet  rag check it out, and the article.


  • Forget everything above about sharpening up your brain, meditate and get smarter, evidenced by larger amounts of gyrification (I didn’t know what it was until I read the article, either)
  • We could all use a little more spiritual intelligence, eh? It’s a tentative concept, the article says, but why not jump in and see if you’ve got it?
  • Take your ordinary old yoga and give it a new lift with anti-gravity (get it? lift?) yoga. Don’t get your hopes up that you’ll learn how to levitate, though. It uses a specially designed harness. There are certain folks who get into that sort of thing but they don’t generally call it yoga. You might be interested in yogic paddleboarding, too. This is sounding less and less like yoga and more like, you know …
  • Seems to me that yoga and investing go together about as good as a horse and a chimpanzee. Nevertheless, a Cleveland investment advisor has been giving it a whirl. If this doesn’t work out there’s always the harness (get it? horse? harness? anti-gravity yoga? kinky? …Whew!)