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Holistic Health Coach & Writer

What does it mean to live mindfully? I was introduced to this idea over 15 years ago during a yoga and meditation training that I attended. Today, I continue to use and share the simple methods taught during that training. Mindfulness is a way of being present to what is happening in the moment, present to your thoughts, your mood, all of the sensations, and to that deeper connection, some call intuition and others God-connection. We start to know ourselves, trust ourselves and learn to make new choices with curiosity and insight as the process of life with all of its beauty and change unfolds.





"Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul."

From Naomi Rachel Remen, MD. Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. New York: Riverhead Books; 1997.

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Persimmon and Pomegranate Delight

My favorite Fuyu persimmon tree is in full bloom. This tree is one of my favorites because of the way it reminds me of the changing of the seasons and especially the coming of Autumn. The fruits are bright orange and the leaves change from bright green to rust, gold, and brown.

I am re posting the same persimmon recipe as I did last year. This might become a ritual since the recipe is delicious, beautiful to look at and healthy. I hope you enjoy it!


  • Fuyu persimmons

  • 100% Pineapple Juice

  • Pomegranate Seeds (Already prepared availabe at Trader Joes Grocery Store)

  • Optional. Dark Chocolate of your choice or Shredded Coconut


  • Slice as many persimmons as you want to create the amount of servings you desire. To fill a traditional dinner plate, I sliced 5 small to medium sized persimmons.

  • Drizzle with pineapple juice till all have been sprinkled but limit so that there is not much juice on the plate.

  • Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds about 2 Tbs per traditional dinner plate of sliced persimmons.

  • Optional. Enjoy with a couple of slivers of dark chocolate of your choice or a couple tablespoons of shredded coconut.

As a certified holistic health coach, Bobbi specializes in mindful living. She offers writing services including blogs and e-newsletter to those of like mind and also sees a small number of private clients who are committed to mindful living. She holds mindfulness-based meditation groups to support people to start and continue a daily practice. Visit her website for more information.

Are You a Weed Warrior? Part 1

When we purchased our home in 1997, it came with 3 areas of lawn, a large patch in the front, a small patch near the driveway, and a patch in the back. Even though I thought having a grass lawn ridiculous for the climate I lived in, I was too busy to think about lawn replacements at that time. Over the years, I gradually converted parts of my backyard almost crowding out the lawn with native plants, mulches and rocks. My front yard loomed as a big challenge. I plunged in this Fall.

I am firmly committed almost obsessively so about a few areas of my life. One of these is doing what I can to respect and take care of my earth home. I do not use herbicides in my yard. My lawns front and back have patches of Bermuda and other hardy grasses. Every landscape contractor I have talked to wants to use Roundup and/or plastic or synthetic weed barriers to prevent these hardy “weed” grasses from growing. I continue to stand my ground and say, "No thank you."

I did research and found out that indeed these grasses are hardy and will probably continue to pose weed problems. I am choosing to take that chance as annoying as it is. For me, it makes sense that my health and your health and my pet’s health and the health of our earth is more important than having a yard that will increase my home value or qualify as the perfect landscape for Better Homes and Gardens.

I know logically that herbicides and plastics and synthetics change the organic environment of our earth garden. Unnatural weed barriers prevent regular composting of earth. I am also convinced they leach chemicals into the ground just as plastic bottles do to bottled water. Like with herbicides such as Roundup, these chemicals enter into our ground water and general water system. The results are obvious to me: They poison the natural environment and upset its balance directly impacting my health, the health of my family, the people around me, not to mention our pets and the wild animals that share our neighborhoods. I could not conscientiously move forward with traditional weed barrier or herbicide methods.

By the way, our 11 year old labradoodle developed diabetes last year. He is a physically active, nutritionally fed, loved pet that had no reason to develop this disease. When we were out at the park and talking to other pet owners, several mentioned the suspicion that herbicides or other chemicals on park lawns may cause illness in animals. I am wondering if this exposure either created or added to our dog developing diabetes.


My Dog Jasper getting ready to do yoga.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article where I will share some natural techniques I found and am trying to ward off weeds and create healthy soil. I will also share ideas for how to plant to create a harmonious environment.

Bobbi specializes in mindful living. As a certified holistic health coach, yoga and meditation Teacher, writer and poet, she offers writing services to those of like mind and also sees a small number of private clients who are committed to mindful living. She also holds mindfulness-based meditation groups to support people to start and continue a daily practice. Visit her website for more information.