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Independence

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Independence is Happiness” – Susan B. Anthony On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted and thirteen colonies broke free from the governance of Great Britain. Those thirteen colonies would one day become part of the United States of America, and for the more than 200 years that have passed since it’s signing, we have fought every day to maintain the independence implied in that landmark document. John Hancock, in his support of this newly-sought freedom, concluded that Americans would have to rely on the “Being who controls both Causes and Events ... Read More »

Missing the Man

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My dad, who taught by example and remains with me in spirit. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.” Clarence B. Kelland   As Father’s Day approaches, I suppose it’s only natural that my thoughts float to memories of my dad more frequently than usual. He passed away nearly two years ago of complications from a neurological disease that was never definitively diagnosed. One day he fell in the kitchen of my parent’s home and throughout the 3 years that followed, his body cruelly failed him; one muscle, one nerve ending, one electrically-charged synapse at a ... Read More »

Be Authentic

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” ~ Brene Brown   Authenticity is one of those words that is easier to define through action than it is to describe with words. Babies are authentic. My dog is authentic. A tree is authentic. In fact, most living things are authentic. However, humans, as we grow older, have a tendency to lose our authenticity. We collapse under the pressures of life; we cave to the influence of others. All too often we ... Read More »

Enjoy the Ride

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Many years ago, back when living in Florida was nothing more than a daydream, my husband and I wanted to live near the water. For many of us, there is a natural gravitation toward shoreline. For those who live in landlocked states, water views are rarer than Bigfoot sightings. And for us, living in Iowa, the landscape consisted of tall corn and clean rows of beans, with an occasional farm pond. But we were determined, so in 1997 we bought a tiny cabin on a small lake, a short drive from our hometown. When ... Read More »

A Perfect Cartwheel

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mom and sister were recently here for a visit and they could not be more appreciative guests. Through their eyes I am reminded how beautiful our Island home truly is. No sunset is taken for granted. Everything blooming is awed over. The beach is marveled. And having a swimming pool out the back door, paired with consistently sunny days, is a luxury they do not take for granted. As with most families, I suppose, when two or more family members gather together, conversations tend to slip into memories of childhood. This reunion of mine was ... Read More »

Until Next Year

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By Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

Spring

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Just a couple of weeks ago, on March 20th at exactly 6:45PM, Spring officially arrived on Marco Island. That is the moment when the sun crossed the celestial equator as it moved along its ecliptic path. And most of us were completely unaware of the event. Here in our temperate cocoon, the shifts between seasons certainly exist but the changes are more subtle and gentle than those I experienced living up north. In Iowa you can feel Spring in the air weeks before it arrives. The breeze carries a hint of warmth and ... Read More »

Expectations

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Body, Mind And Spirit By Laurie Kasperbauer ……you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, well you might find, you get what you need…. – Rolling Stones   I celebrated my birthday recently and as always, I was humbled by the wishes of family and friends. Because I was born on Valentine’s Day, it’s an easy birthday to remember, which is a distinct advantage, especially for my husband. Not that he forgets important dates like anniversaries and birthdays, but because he sees constant reminders of Valentine’s Day through advertisements and store displays, he sometimes even plans ... Read More »

Adversity

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com The last installment of this column did not run in its entirety. Our apologies to tLaurie and our readers for our error and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   “Adversity introduces a man to himself” -Albert Einstein   Saturday morning beach yoga is one of my most favorite classes. Generally speaking, the sky is beautiful blue, the dolphins are playing in clear view and the morning sun provides just the right amount of warmth without the heat of mid-day. Needless to say, when the conditions are this desirable, we have a ... Read More »

Gratitude

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My children are here. In my house. Four adult children, their four significant others and our five grandchildren, ages 5 months to five years. They’ve been here nearly a week celebrating our own Christmas Holiday. That makes 10 adults, counting my husband and me and five young children, living in the same house for a week. Over the last six days, I have felt joy, pride, anxiety and exhaustion, but most of all, I have felt gratitude. I experienced overwhelming joy the very first morning when the babies all woke early, greeting each other ... Read More »

Beginnings

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Life is a series of beginnings…that bring us closer to the realization of our dreams. May all of your beginnings be showered by sunbeams and all of your dreams sense the warmth of success.” — Edith Schaffer Lederberg   The month of January marks the beginning of a brand, new year. For many of us, shedding the skin of 2014 as we morph into the image we have created for 2015 is exciting. It’s a New Year! I can improve my diet. I can exercise more. I can be a better friend, a more ... Read More »

Decorate Your Life

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “…..I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look….To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” — Thoreau, Walden   My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Iowa for Thanksgiving. We ... Read More »

Are You a Good Listener?

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I am a good listener, or maybe not. Maybe I’m just a better listener than I am a talker. Entertaining stories and antecdotes do not just roll off my tongue. Unlike my husband, who is a great talker. He can speak intelligently about any subject, and he can tell the same joke over and over. Even if the listener knows the punchline, they still find it funny. I recently attempted to recall one of his standard jokes that always gets big laughs, and it fell flat, like sea pork. It rolled around in ... Read More »

Thankfulness

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BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Not a hard question to answer really, and if you asked 1,000 people, you would likely receive 1,000 different responses. Again, imagine waking up on your most ideal day. What would it look like? Would the sun be streaming in the window or would there be the soft patter of rain against the panes of glass? Who would be with you as you woke to your ideal day? Or would waking up alone be your preferred way to greet the ... Read More »

Create Your Own Path

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com In the many years I enjoyed coming to Marco Island as a tourist, walking the beach was the activity I looked forward to the very most. Sometimes, I would wake before dawn and walk north to the very tip of Hideaway Beach. I’d reach it as the sun came up and then meander my way southward, searching for shells and interesting debris deposited by the tide. I envisioned the Gulf as this enormous living creature that gathered shells and sand dollars and seawhip and starfish and dropped them at the water’s edge for ... Read More »

My Sisterhood of the Lycra Pants

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com I feel that I’m in pretty deep. Not quite over my head, but once in a while, I am definitely treading water. From time to time I think about the fact that when my husband and I moved to this tropical vacation-land in Southwest Florida, I had a notion in my head that I’d be spending long hours at the beach with a flirty novel on my lap and an umbrella-clad beverage within reach. The reality of this mid-life transition looks remarkably different than the vision that was in my head, though. My ... Read More »

Go Ahead and Act Like a Child

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Before we learn to speak, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life. As little children, we are completely authentic. Our actions are guided by instinct and emotions; we listen to the silent voice of our integrity.” — Don Miguel Ruiz   My husband and I have been blessed with four great children. They’re all grown now, self-sufficient and productive citizens. Hard-working and happy, and for this, I am thankful every single day. In turn, our children have blessed us with five grandchildren. All babies and toddlers. ... Read More »

Judgement

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com Throughout the course of each day of our lives, we are tasked to make decisions. Small ones like, “Am I hungry for breakfast?” “What should I eat for breakfast?” “Do I have time for breakfast?”, or did I make the decision to sleep an extra 15 minutes and now breakfast consists of a stick of chewing gum and coffee at my desk? As our day gets rolling, the decisions we make might gain significance. After all, we get to decide how we dress, who we hang out with, what we are going to ... Read More »

Cleaning Out the Closet

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com   “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all!”– lyrics from “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel   I love a clean house. Shining countertops and freshly scrubbed floors. Beds made up with crisply cleaned linens, and bathrooms that smell, well, not like a bathroom. But, it goes even deeper than that for me. I love an organized home. “A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” When I need a screwdriver or scissors, I can go to ... Read More »

Karma

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom …Our thoughts,our words, and deeds are threads of the net we throw around ourselves.” — Swami Vivekanada   Most of us have heard of karma. We consider it to be the result of an incident or series of incidents that happen by chance that create either positive feelings (“good” karma) or negative or cautious feelings (“bad” karma). I’ve had both lately and the effect was the difference between feeling consumed with joy and appreciation of life, and feeling fearful of the next step and what ... Read More »