Baby It’s Cold Outside

Many of you know that Rod Stewart and I spend a lot of time together — him streaming from the speakers in my truck while I drive.

With recent brutal temperatures  (we’ve flirted with 50-degrees below zero with windchill factored in), I’ve been listening to my favorite rendition of Baby It’s Cold Outside — a duet Rod Stewart shares with Dolly Parton.

In these frigid conditions, schools close, numerous employees telecommute from home, and some people become homebound. For many, the world can look downright dreary, even on the inside where it’s warm and toasty.

To beat the winter blues, do you:

  • Exercise inside — yoga, tai chi, hula hoop
  • Exercise outside — ice skate, snowboard, sled
  • Read books, watch movies, meditate
  • Bake, scrapbook, build a ship in a bottle

What boosts your spirits in the winter months and keeps you from feeling gloomy?

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are  choosing.” — Laurie Buchanan

The Book — Discovering the Seven Selves
The Experience — Life Harmony

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Rod Stewart and Déjà Vu

A couple of weeks ago I drove an hour and a half north to Janesville, Wisconsin. I didn’t go alone, I took my road companion of many years — Rod Stewart.

We jammed along Route 14, passing farmhouses on both sides of the frozen trek as the sun pierced the early morning sky. Crossing the border he asked, Do you think I’m sexy? Well, of course I do!

Arriving early for my appointment, I was shown to a waiting area. The ambience had a distinctly cool, futuristic feel to it that triggered an immediate sense of Déjà Vuthe sensation that what’s currently happening has been experienced in the past.

This, however, was like Colette Baron Reid’s book, Remembering the Future. This experience hadn’t happened in the past, it happened in the future, yet I was remembering it…

This is an untouched photo, straight from my iPhone. Eerie, isn’t it?

Mouth dry, heart accelerating, my now-clammy hands eased earbuds in as Rod’s stony-throated voice assured, I’ll stand by you, won’t let nobody hurt you, I’ll stand by you. I hit the “repeat album” button just before I was asked to remain perfectly still and a contrast agent was injected into a vein in my left arm.

As Rod and I drove home together we both wondered out loud, Have you ever seen the rain coming down on a sunny day? And came to the conclusion that, An old raincoat won’t ever let you down.

What was your last sense of Déjà Vu?

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan

Discovering the Seven Selves     Life Harmony

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Fly Me to the Moon

Remember last week when Len and I drove to Wisconsin? During our adventure, we stopped at every little airport along the way. As a small aircraft pilot, I swear that man can detect a windsock within a 50-mile radius!

At Dacy Airport in Harvard, Illinois we parked next to the grass runway (yes grass, not blacktop or cement) and watched a biplane practice touch-and-goes. It was pretty darned cool! Especially since he was taking off directly into a very strong wind.

While appreciating the pilot’s skill and finesse, we were listening to Rod Stewart’s “Great American Songbook” collection when all of a sudden he sang, “Fly Me to the Moon.” Quite apropos for the moment!

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars

If you could blink yourself to any geographic location on this planet, where would you go?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
— Laurie Buchanan

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Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Symbol – The Goat
Ruling Planet – Saturn
Element – Earth
Keywords – I Use
Key Notes – Structure & Discipline
Power Color – Aqua


Common sense
Practical and prudent
Ambitious and disciplined
Patient and careful
Humorous and reserved

Medical Astrology
Capricorn rules the knees, joints, and skeletal system.

Gemstone Affinities
Ambitious Capricorn is a hard-working, dependable sign—a doer. This is the sign of authority figures. The seriousness of the Capricorn nature is supported by Turquoise which strengthens resolve and aids self-confidence. Peruvian Opal with its iridescent flashes of light, lightens the spirit and helps Capricorn understand a strong sense of duty and destiny. It affords a glimpse of spiritual possibilities open to an evolved Capricorn soul. Larimar calms stress and anxiety, and can help one to experience an open mind in the face of change.

The Moon of Renewal (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
This period is one of refreshment. This is the time to experience the lighter side of life, to relax, and unwind both mentally and physically. The influence is one of renewal.

Earth Element
Capricorn is an earth element—practical, careful, reliable, and resolute. They impart form and structure.

Material and sensual earth signs like to enjoy the pleasures of life. Earth shapes matter. Earth is the element of the material world—it’s stable and grounded. Practical and productive, it’s concerned with self-sufficiency and security. Earth signs are sensual signs. This is the element most involved in the physical body and the senses.

A Cardinal Sign
Capricorn is reserved, prudent, patient, and uses cunning instead of force. They seek security, are inquisitive, disciplined, determined, and quick to seize opportunity.

Zodiac Compatibility
Capricorn in any relationship is a down-to-earth traditionalist who plays fair and follows the rules, but they’re most compatible with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Famous Capricorns
Elvis Presley (Jan 8), Rod Steward (Jan 10), and Martin Luther King (Jan 15).

Do you have any Capricorns in your life?

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
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