Lynette Sheppard

All I Need to Know I learned from Hula

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All I Need to Know I learned from Hula

by Lynette Sheppard
November 20, 2016

Hula. The graceful storytelling dance that delights visitors and natives alike. I never dreamed I would actually come to dance it. And I certainly never thought it would become a way of life. During the first five years that I came to Moloka`i, I pho... Read more

An Antidote to What Ails Us

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An Antidote to What Ails Us

by Lynette Sheppard
October 23, 2016

I see, hear, feel so much anger of late. Granted, that often happens as political campaigns heat up, but it just seems so prevalent and close to the surface these days. Free floating anger can act as a poison igniting fight or flight hormones and neurotrans... Read more

Change of Scene, Change of Heart

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Change of Scene, Change of Heart

by Lynette Sheppard
August 5, 2016

Sometimes it feels necessary, even lifesaving to get away. Away from chores, home, the familiar and the routine. Away from political bombast, email solicitations, and others’ needs. Away from the tyranny of computer, television, and iOS devices.... Read more

Stripping Down To Essence

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Stripping Down To Essence

by Lynette Sheppard
April 10, 2016

There have been days when I felt like a wilted flower; slightly bedraggled and frayed at the edges. In my younger days, the usual reasons caused this: head cold, overwork, stress, busy-ness. These days, they occur without any precipitating factor. Except ma... Read more

Finding Your Passionettes

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Finding Your Passionettes

by Lynette Sheppard
February 6, 2016

“I LIKE it but I just don’t know if it’s my PASSION.”  Finding a life’s passion was a theme for some of our early (and recent) discussions at the Menopause Goddess group meetings. Our dissections of this topic have had an... Read more

The Best Pictures I Never Took

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The Best Pictures I Never Took

by Lynette Sheppard
December 12, 2015

Ever since I picked up my first Instamatic to shoot the sunset, I’ve been a devotee of photography. I loved transferring the magic of the world to film (and now pixels), so that I could view it again and again. In the early days, I was rarely w... Read more

Zen on the Wing

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Zen on the Wing

by Lynette Sheppard
October 18, 2015

Last year was my fifteenth trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. While each trip is gloriously unique, this one was remarkable for a particular reason. A massive die off was occurring on the beaches and campsites. The feathery tamarisk tree... Read more

Animals Are People Too

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Animals Are People Too

by Lynette Sheppard
June 28, 2015

Dewitt and I have become friends with a Stellar’s jay in Lake Tahoe. She showed up one day a couple of years ago while we were lunching on our deck. She hopped from a low branch on a Douglas fir tree to our railing. Tilting her head back and forth, sh... Read more

Values: Then and Now

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Values: Then and Now

by Lynette Sheppard
May 3, 2015

Aging comes with a multitude of changes. Some of them are disconcerting in the extreme: droopy skin, aches, jowls, invisibility, hot flashes and the like.  These changes require adjustment and acceptance. They are here to stay. However, some of... Read more

Feasting on Beauty

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Feasting on Beauty

by Lynette Sheppard
March 8, 2015

My neighbor dropped by the other day to harvest some of my bromeliads for her yard. Most of them are in bloom right now. Their other-worldly blossoms in riotous colors compete with my heliconia flowers and birds of paradise for attention. I'm truly deli... Read more