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The Paradoxical Nature of Nourishment

 Hello friends, 

The idea of nourishment is like a coin.  One side of the coin is to receive…to take in better food, get a massage, watch a good movie or tea with friends… all nurturing experiences received from others and the outer world — an inhale.

The other side of the coin is to remove yourself from all the busy-ness. To take a break from… social media, eating, the to do list, tv, and perhaps even talking. Just taking the time to allow yourself to replenish from within —an exhale.

Both sides of the nourishment coin have value…The key is to get in touch with what grows, supports and fills us up individually. The goal is to regenerate your own sense of wholeness.  What works for me? What do I really need now? Does it change from time to time? 

Some people feel energized being around others, some feel rejuvenated by being alone. Some love to travel, some love to stay home. 

Finding what nourishes, replenishes and restores us is an individual (and perhaps ever-changing) discovery that allows us to be responsible for our own well being.  Listening to our cues and allowing our internal compass to determine what form of nourishment is truly healing and satisfying for us, is an act of self love and certainly worth the effort. 

Here’s what’s happening on insidewink…

Road Trip! Kathlene McGovern gives us Tips for Hitting the Road with Your Furry Friends 

We have shared so many great recipes and now we are so happy to share something even better… Ann Hickey! Ann is a wonderful chef and wellness coach and her creations will be featured in Reliable Recipes (we can’t wait to try them). Reliable Recipes Welcomes Ann Hickey

In I’m Just Curious, Dove Rose give us ideas on how to stay curious! Keep it Fresh in the Kitchen, on the Drive and in your Life. New ideas to keep our mind alive!

Geert Weggen: Photographing Red Squirrels are AMAZING and are sure to make your day brighter!

Living Unhoused for A Week: Ken Craft Takes to the Streets Ken Craft of Hope of the Valley lives unhoused on the streets of the San Fernando Valley for 100 hours and shares the challenges, insights and struggles he faced on this journey.

And, of course, more wonderful recipes (like North African Peanut Stew!) and personal stories too.

Much love,
Jean & Alison

In case you missed it …

Jean & Alison talk with Gail Parker on the healing powers of yoga in this enlightening video: How Gail Parker is Helping Heal Racial Trauma with Yoga

In December, Ken Craft and the President/ CFO of Hope Of The Valley, Rowan Vansleve, went out and lived on the streets in the San Fernando Valley. Ken shared with us some photos, insights thoughts about his week unhoused on the street: Living Unhoused for a Week: Ken Craft Takes to the Streets

We are so proud to share the collaborative award-winning work of Richard Reyes, CEO of The Plus Me Project and Cheryl Farrell, a talented insidewink guest writer since the summer of 2020: Two Connections Sharing the Good: Richard Reyes and Cheryl Farrell

Think time’s Running out? Well, it’s never too late as we see in all these Happy Headlines.

And, as always, more wonderful recipes (like Banana Cream Pie!) and personal stories too.


Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.


Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Em, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, living life like your socks feel real good.

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