Washington became the first state to legalize the composting of human remains (May 22, 2019, CNN). In “human composting,” the body remains are mixed with organic matter and allowed to break down for about 3-7 weeks. In keeping up with the times, I used to say that I did not wish for a lonely burial but preferred cremation (California – 61.5%; US – 53.1%; South Korea … Continue reading Compost me on the trails
Going beyond the trail Staying on the trail is the safest thing to do. You minimize the risk of getting lost or falling down. It’s also the easiest way to hike. Most of the trails on the maps are well-defined and well maintained. On heavily trafficked trails, you also protect the landscape. But occasionally, while traversing over mountains and through the valleys, my eyes fixate … Continue reading Sawtooth Peak – AMS
When my wife mentioned going to Jamaica on a mission trip, it perked my interest. “What?” I asked. “They give you room and board and take you out daily on guided tours?! You get to meet and have fun with the locals and eat local food?!” It sounded just like going on a cruise or flying into one of Montego Bay’s all-inclusive resorts. Thoughts of … Continue reading Healing of my Soul
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (yes, there is such a thing!) reports that scientific studies show kindness results in numerous health benefits. Kindness… Strengthens the immune system and diminishes the effects of serious and minor disorders, effects of physical pain. Releases endorphins, giving you a “natural high” (without the dangers of drug addiction). Subsequently provides a period of calm important to emotional well-being. Reduces … Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness is Good For You!