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Posts from — October 2009

Shops to Love: Shanti Shop

Often the best shops are the smallest in size. Yvonne Edes and the folks at Shanti Yoga Center (800 Franklin, Suite 204, in downtown Vancouver) have transformed a room at the yoga studio into a lovely space of items that, in the words of the shopkeepers, “feed your soul.”

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As you step into the shop, you will find charming displays of jewelry, statues, scarves and wall hangings. New petroleum and lead-free candles scented with essential oils and 2010 calendars have recently arrived. More then 300 CDs are available and the bookshelves are well-stocked with tomes to support a yoga practice and other related topics.

Tea aficionados will appreciate more than two dozen Yogi Tea choices as well as various other medicinal teas. The Shanti Shop collection also includes yoga supplies like mats and bolsters plus incense, journals and tealights. Have a friend who could use some support? This is a perfect place to find inspirational messages in cards and small wallhangings.

Yvonne and Shanti’s other wonderful instructors offer yoga classes for all levels seven days a week at the center. The shop is only open a half hour before and after each class or event (or by appointment) so check the class schedule for open hours. Extended hours are planned for the future. Better yet, take a class! Then find a personal gift at the shop for taking good care of yourself.

October 25, 2009   No Comments

Raising Dahlias, and More, in Clark County

“My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias,” said Kansas journalist and “the sage of Emporia” William Allen White (1868-1944). Why not raise both?

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Dahlias may be the national flower of Mexico, but they thrive here. The American Dahlia Society reports that “the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala are considered the home of origin for today’s dahlia ancestors.”  Clark County has numerous dahlia growers. These photos were taken at Dahlia Daze at the Wynneshire Farms near the Clark County Fairgrounds.

Back to William Allen White, he also said “I have never been bored an hour in my life. I get up every morning wondering what new strange glamourous thing is going to happen and it happens at fairly regular intervals.” We could use more people like him, and more dahlias, in our lives.

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October 21, 2009   1 Comment