Honeypie

Dear Gray Bird readers, I’m going out on a bit of a limb with today’s post in honor of Down syndrome awareness month. I feel protective of my little family and our privacy, but also an urgent need to share our love story in a world that so often turns away from difference in fear. The latter wins …

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The chance to choose

  At least ten times a year (maybe more), I declare I’m taking a screen and internet break. “I’ll go the whole weekend,” I announce with gusto. “No checking social media or futzing around on the internet. I’m a free spirit, not a slave to my smartphone!” About an hour later, when I’ve fully forgotten this …

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Care for the Caregiver

Caregiving, and the gifts and challenges it entails, is front-and-center of my world at the moment. It’s long been a big part of my OT and yoga work, and it’s key in my relationship with my husband (he’s easily one of the most natural caregivers I know – lucky me!). We move the laundry to the dryer when the other …

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Guest Blog: Three days that changed a life

Please welcome Stefanie Beniek, L.Ac. of Family Tree Acupuncture to the Gray Bird blog. Stefanie is a licensed Acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine who specializes in fertility, pregnancy, labor & delivery, and postpartum care. In addition to her private practice, she is an Acupuncturist with Allina Health at Mercy Hospital’s MotherBaby Center, where she provides …

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Guest blog: Take it outside

Our guest blogger today is an innovative elementary school teacher with a passion for the outdoors – and for taking school outside, rain or shine.  Hello, lovely Gray Bird followers! I am guest blogger Jacquie Berting and I was born and raised (and still reside) in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I was asked to share some information and …

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Guest blog – Stay centered and healthy in late Summer

Welcome, Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L! In her own eloquent words, Emmy is “a Holistic Occupational Therapist and Intuitive Healer specializing in Health & Wellness Care. It is [her] joy, passion, and life purpose to assist you with natural and holistic healing while providing you with Intuitive guidance for answers and direction.” Today, she visits the Gray Bird Blog …

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Guest blog – Why does alignment matter in yoga?

Welcome, Daisy Christopherson, DPT, RYT-200, of Yoga by Daisy! Daisy teaches anatomy for Heartwork Yoga Teacher Training School as well as yoga classes with an emphasis on alignment for stability and strength. When she’s not teaching yoga or with her family, she works as a physical therapist in Northfield, Minnesota.  Why does alignment matter in yoga? Can’t we …

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Guest blog — Moving through the world with grace

Our guest blogger today is Christina Blust of Blustery Day Design – creators of this beautiful website! She’s here to share her lovely reflections on living in a complex body.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this idea that my brain was trustworthy. I could always rely on it and I knew what …

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Guest blog: Visit to the farm

Our blog visitors today are Joan, Nick, Abe and Freya Olson. These wonderful humans run Prairie Drifter Farm, a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Litchfield, Minnesota. They are thoughtful, simple-living farmers who are committed to making our food culture sustainable, joyful and delicious. Thanks, Olsons, for sharing with us!  “Eating is an agricultural act.”  ~Wendell …

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Guest blog: Find a pause

Today, we welcome writer & creative soul Anna Hewitt to the Gray Bird Blog. Anna has worked on farms, studied permaculture, and is a master food preserver. She currently tends pots of herbs, a sourdough starter, and her little family. You can see more of her handmade life at roadtothefarm.blogspot.com In the midst of everything …

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