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Written by Joan Virginia Allen with guest appearances by Joyce Faber, Shelah M. Wilgus, Lora Woods and Others.
Graphic Design by Shelah M. Wilgus

My feet hit the floor first thing in the morning when I get up from my tatami board and mat on the floor where I sleep. While brushing my teeth and washing my face there is a half cylinder under the sink which serves for the first calf stretch of the day. In reverse I...
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  [Note from Joan: I first met Tim in 2010 at Katy Bowman’s Restorative Exercise™ studio in Ventura, California. He was conspicuous by his enthusiasm, his knowledge of anatomy, his famous saying, “I want to grow up to be Katy Bowman,” and the fact that he was one of only a handful of men attending...
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Guest Author: Cami McLaren – Joan’s oldest daughter. For all my life, my mom has been healthy. She has always been interested in both internal and external health. She has experimented most of my life with food choices and ways to eat until she landed on veganism, which seems to be a very good fit...
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Have you ever wondered what happens after a wildfire rages through a forest? You probably never thought about it unless the forest was under your stewardship as part of your property. The Thomas Fire, California’s biggest wildfire in history, raged through our forest in early December 2017. We were among the lucky ones – our...
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“At my age….” How many times have you said that? Well, at my age, believe me, the thought of doing a chin-up never crossed my mind – that is until age 71 when I met Katy Bowman (www.nutritiousmovement.com)  and began integrating her practices into my daily life.  That resulted in our book Dynamic Aging: Simple...
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Have you ever had the experience of creating something where there was nothing before? If you have children, you certainly can relate to that experience. How about in other areas of your life? For Joyce, Shelah, Lora and I we had that experience when we collaborated with Katy Bowman (www.nutritiousmovement.com) to write the book, Dynamic...
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A redwood forest in Hawai’i?  No way! Yes way!  Believe it or not one of the best kept secrets is the redwood forest on the western flank of Haleakala Crater at 6200’ elevation in the Poli Poli Spring Recreation area on the island of Maui. It was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in...
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Written by Lora Woods The above picture was taken in the Museum of Terror in Budapest. Hungary has had more than its share of invasions, wars and revolutions which justified a hospital built inside a mountain in its capital. The second picture is me wearing a WWII wool nurses’ cape which I treasure wearing both...
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Sunday, December 3, 2017, family members joined us here at the Ranch for our annual decorating of the Christmas tree. It looked beautiful when we were done. Finished up with pizza and started the Christmas season with a forecast of strong Santa Ana winds blowing west for the next four days. Twenty-four hours later, Monday,...
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This site is about personal experiences and opinions based on years of training and practice. It is in no way intended to instruct, recommend or suggest that anyone try the activities shared.

CO-AUTHORED BY JOAN VIRGINIA ALLEN, SHELAH M. WILGUS, LORA WOODS, AND JOYCE FABER

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