Body, Mind and Spirit

I Am Not My Brain

“...At the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”
~ Ryan Calhoun

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I have osteoarthritis in my knees. And in a roundabout way, my knee pain landed me in the office of a neurologist. A necessary step according to my cautious orthopedic surgeon, so I rolled my eyes (to myself) and dragged my feet all the way to the neurologist’s doorstep. After an MRI and a ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
Yoga practice helps us to sort the things we can control from the things we cannot.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

The Truth Will Set You Free

“Three things cannot be long hidden: The sun, the moon, and the truth.”
- Buddha

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  Many years ago our youngest son was in his last year or two of college when he called us on a Sunday afternoon. My husband took the call and I watched his face go from surprise to amusement as he heard the news our son was sharing. Feeling left out, I motioned to my ... Read More »

A Boat, a Nap and a Bug

Howie, napping with his tractor.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew to Iowa for a long weekend. The agenda was full. We were celebrating two birthdays, a baptism and two family reunions in the span of two days. And while it was exciting to know I would see my kids, grandkids, mom, siblings and assorted ... Read More »

Seeking Comfort

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Me and Mocha on another thunderous afternoon.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer My mother still lives in the same home she and my dad bought in 1964. It’s a modest 1920’s bungalow, located on a quiet street, in a rural Iowa town. When they bought the home, they were able to acquire some of the furnishings that were already in it. One such piece was ... Read More »

Why Can’t We Live Together?

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
It takes all the colors in the box to capture the beauty of the world we live in.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer People should act more like a box of crayons, living together in harmony no matter what color or how you look.  – Katelyn Doneker  I have a couple of news apps on my phone. One is NBC2, local news, and the other is USA Today for national news. They send an audible ping ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

Do something every day to fill your own bucket.
Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother ... Read More »

Doing the Right Thing


MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer At beach yoga, we sometimes tell our students that the hardest part of the class is already over when they arrive at the beach. That is, the most difficult move they will make, is showing up for class. The same is true for exercising, eating better, being kinder, more patient, or tackling any ... Read More »

More Than a Number


MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer A few years ago I was driving on the Island when I noticed a couple standing on the sidewalk waiting for the traffic light. The man wore the rounded spine of at least eight decades on Earth; his right hand clutched the handle of a cane, punched to the pavement for support. The ... Read More »

A Carefully Constructed Village

“The Neighborhood Gang,” circa 1992 Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill holes in their lives with pieces of you.”  – Bonnie Arbon In 1996 a book was published by none-other-than, Democratic presidential hopeful, Hilary Clinton. The title of the book is “It takes ... Read More »

The Power of a Smile


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.”  – Joseph Addison Our sixth grandchild was born in March. A perfect little girl with 10 fingers, 10 toes and bright eyes that follow sound and movement. I was lucky enough to hold her shortly after her birth and say prayers of thanks for her ... Read More »

It’s Personal

A recent beach yoga practice, presenting a wide variety of “trees” on the beach. Photo By Laurie Kasperbauer

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe Growing up in Iowa I was lucky enough to go on family vacations every summer. Four kids and my parents packed ourselves in a four-door Oldsmobile, pulling a pop-up camper with attached bicycles and coolers and fishing rods ... Read More »

You Can’t Take It With You


MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer “In the end, only kindness matters.”  – Jewel  I have a close friend who lives in Iowa. Her name is Mary, and before my husband and I moved to Marco Island, Mary and I were next-door neighbors for 27 years. That’s almost three decades of vigorous waves from the driveway, impromptu potluck dinners, ... Read More »

The Pull of the Moon

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The full moon sets over the Gulf at an early morning Beach Yoga class

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer She is our moon. Our tidal pull. She is the rich deep beneath the sea, the buried treasure, the expression in the owl’s eye, the perfume in the wild rose. She is what the water says when it moves. – Patricia A. McKillip The moon. Most of us have gazed at it on a ... Read More »

George’s Web

George Moore, Ambassador of Fun

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer   “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” – Oscar Wilde Kevin Bacon is a well-known Hollywood actor. His career began in the early 80s and he’s been in scores of films including “Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River” and “A Few Good Men.” He once commented that he ... Read More »

Yoga Magic

A magical yoga moment. PHOTO BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. – James Allen When we lived in Iowa, my husband and I used to have season tickets to the Iowa State University Cyclones basketball games. If you’re ... Read More »

Cuba-Exploration and Appreciation

Central Cuba’s scenic countryside. PHOTOS BY LAURIE KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer Visiting Cuba has been at the top of my husband’s bucket list for many years, and last month his dream became our reality. We were part of a Western Culture Tour. A group of 15 U.S. citizens with varied backgrounds and experiences, drawn together by a single thread of commonality: the desire to explore ... Read More »

Island Valentines


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer The holiday of love and romance is upon us. Pink and red hearts decorate retail stores; restaurants advertise two for one specials; the hotel industry creates “romantic weekend getaways;” and that odd little winged cherub appears everywhere, bow and arrow ready. It’s a very special time for me for a couple of reasons. First, ... Read More »

“Family Matters”

Boone, Porter, Penn and Odie PHOTO BY MARY KASPERBAUER

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer It happened again. Our whole family gathered together here for our holiday celebration. For four joyous nights we had 15 people and two dogs sleeping under the same roof. But for nearly three weeks they streamed in and out, in various combinations of individual families, at the mercy of work schedules and “paid time-off.” ... Read More »

In a Word


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer The word was privacy. Our grandson, just short of six years old, and a few weeks into his kindergarten school year, said to me, “Nana, I can spell that word. Privacy.” Uh huh, I thought. “Go ahead,” I said. “P.” Good start. What comes next? “R. I.” Hmmm. Now he has my attention. “V. ... Read More »