What Dose of Nature Do We Need to Feel Better?


I rarely “reblog” however, I really feel this study is very important.

I walk to the lake every so often during the week to replenish, and soothe my anxiety.

I discovered, that I too, often feel much calmer after a trip near the water and the tall tall trees. If I could, I would live there.

So check out the article, let me know what you think.

The Dirt

central-park Central Park, New York City / Drive the District

There has been a boom in studies demonstrating the health benefits of spending time in nature, or even just looking at nature. But a group of ambitious landscape architects and psychologists are actually trying to determine how to prescribe a “nature pill.” The big remaining questions are: What dose of nature exposure is needed to achieve maximum mental and physical health benefits (how long and how frequently)? And what form of nature works best? In a talk at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference in Los Angeles, MaryCarol Hunter, ASLA, a landscape architect and ecologist at the University of Michigan, described her efforts to create the guidelines for landscape designs that can lead to the greatest impact.

Hunter and her team examined 44 people over 8 weeks. She asked them to go out and immerse themselves in…

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2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Hi!  Things are going great over at www.museinthevalley.com

There are plenty of things to look at and I video posted the winners of the Butterfly Launch Giveaways.. 

What a blast!

Don’t forget to head over there and click on the “Follow” button.

Looking forward to seeing you over at my new pad.

Love and light

Kim

I Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello!


This will be my last personal post here at https://bestisyettocome.wordpress.com.  Friday I am switching over to a “secret” location.  A blog with my own domain, a more personal and sacred place which better reflects my readers and the work I have done.
Don’t you worry, I will Tweet, Facebook, and even come to this address Friday to redirect you to the new site.  I will keep this blog open for a year, since Pattie Lee, the lovely woman behind all the work on the new place, has imported all my archives to the website I call my sanctuary.

THANK YOU PATTIE!!!!

Pattie Lee, find her blog here, is one of the most kind-hearted, funny, loving, and hard-working women I have met online.  I, Kim Larocque, thank Pattie with all my heart.  Not only has she put up with me fooling around at the new site, to then later have to clean up my mess, she has guided me throughout this whole experience.  She even made a personal tutorial through ADOBE to show me the ropes of html and all those codes I have no clue about.  I message her at least once or twice a day with a question and she always happily answers me.  Pattie generously gifted me the new site and domain.  I am grateful for her love and support throughout this transition.

It’s all about moving forward!

Speaking about transitions, I honestly feel a bit nostalgic writing this last personal post.   It is not really about saying goodbye to you, my readers…. we will all meet on the new site, however, it’s about  leaving this comfortable place which began to feel like a cozy pair of old shoes you never want to throw out.  Getting out there, out of my comfort zone, and truly saying hello to something completely new and quite scary, is truly symbolic of embracing my new self, my new life, and my new friends.  Furthermore, to witness and experience all the new “zones” which have come up in my writing.  The dream interpretations, the articles, the guest posts, and now as J.M. Richardson, author of The Twenty-Nine,  has recently honored me with the title:  Literary Blogger.  Really?  I am so excited!

BUT There is one more post to come tomorrow.  It is Author of the Week Thursdays!

I interviewed Steven Luna, author of Joe Vampire.  You really do not want to miss this post, as I laughed my head off just reading the answers to his questions.  Yes, there is some really serious stuff in this interview, however, I love Steven’s sense of humor and I am sure you will appreciate it too, plus you get to discover a super awesome vampire like no other!

So no goodbyes, we will meet Friday June 29th on secretdomain.com (hahaha).  The launch will be shared on Twitter, Facebook, and here.  So be sure to follow me on one or all of those sites.

In the meantime, GO check out what Muse In The Valley’s contributors have to give away  for the Launch Party:  

Launch Party GIVEAWAYS

Love and blessed light!