I am sending love and light to all,
XO Carrie Ann
Last week on LTV I checked in on how the pandemic has effected the music scene for those living out east on Long Island and the Gulf Scene in Florida.
I do not get paid to create these little local TV episodes.
Back in the day, I did get paid to share events and photograph the live music scene.
Music is still a big part of my life. It is important to my wellbeing, mind body and soul.
It has been since I was a child.
I created a music page on this blog and I will be adding more as life unfolds.
Until then, stay safe and tune in, virtually…
XO Carrie Ann
I shared a glimpse of my pandemic life this week on LTV as well as some of my coping skills and thoughts on the quarantine orders.
If you missed it on LTV it will rerun Saturday at 1pm ET and Sunday morning at 6am on channel 20 in East Hampton township.
You can also watch my past shows with video on demand at LTV or on the Live Unconventionally YouTube channel
I hope you are all well.
My personal health story in 17 minutes of photos and video has aired on LTV on channel 20 in the town of EastHampton.
My shows are always available to all on the video on demand page at http://www.ltveh.org
My medical marijuana story is there too, in the archives for history, and also on my YouTube channel.
The holistic health story is on YouTube too.
Next up it is pandemic life and coping strategies from the Gulf Scene.
We have not seen a virus this lethal in our lives, according to many experts. I am self-quarantining as much as possible since I already have an auto-immune issue and protecting myself carefully if I do need to be around others.
With decades of employment and education in preventative health care, I have acquired a great set of tools.
I created my own health plan when faced with an autoimmune disease, and I will stick to it firmly facing a pandemic. You see, my holistic health care plan is already designed to support the body’s own immune system.
I will modify it with additional vitamin C from whole foods, anti-viral herbs, immune boosting teas and foods, along with antiviral wipes and a mask.
For over 10 years, I have followed Dr. MERCOLA and other natural health experts, in addition to decades of my own education and training as a health food store manager and natural product sales executive.
When I managed an alternative health center, I learned of many modalities like massage and yoga that increase the functioning of many body systems and decrease stress.
I added a few items to my lifestyle links page and I am praying.
XO, Carrie Ann
Additional tips are also in past posts and on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles.
Living out east on Long island offers many fun things to do, but not everyone knows the ins and outs, and not everyone has a travel buddy.
Many have expressed interest in my travels, knowing the inside scoop, or joining vicariously through event photos.
Living Out East now has a page on the blog, I look forward to sharing the fun in the sun.
A few photos of my recent travels in Florida and Georgia, stay tuned for tips and trips on the Gulf of Mexico.
Tips and trips are on the way!
I grew up in the Town of Babylon on the south shore of Long Island, and I still love spending time there.
Some things have stayed the same. Some have changed for the better!
Family boating tradition continues on the Great South Bay:-) as do beach days at Gilgo and Cedar Beach with high school friends. These days the beach at Cedar is so big they have beach volleyball tournaments, and the Salt Shack provides live music, great food and cocktails.
Venetian Shores in Lindenhurst has live music and cocktails now too, in addition to a child-friendly splash park and senior-friendly seating.
Stay tuned for more adventures and group play dates!
XO Carrie Ann
I am a card-carrying cannabis oil patient.
My own research made cannabis the first priority when it came to my health, and accessing the plant legally also covered my second priority, stress reduction.
This plant takes the edge off the stress of any situation. I immediately feel myself breathing more evenly and deeply after a two-second inhale of my vaporizer.
While I taste subtle hints of citrus and pine from the terpenes in the plant, there is no smoke or odor.
My state of mind is totally under my control with the vaporizer.
I am able to access the plant in a topical, liquid and vapor form in the sunshine state, and Trulieve has offered me everything I need, except a job with them 🙂
The more strains I try, the more I learn to curate my mood for the tasks or tornadoes of the day. I use the liquid tincture at night for a healing, peaceful sleep.
I am so grateful to be able to experience and share the benefits of this plant.
Coming soon: A video chat with my marijuana doctor, Dr. Ralph Rophie of Clearwater, Florida, who says the medicine is “safer than ketchup”.
Dr. Joe Dituri was the expert guest on my latest Live Unconventionally TV episode. If you missed the chat with my Floridian friend, you can view it on our YouTube channel or with a search of Live Unconventionally on video on demand page of LTV’s website.
The retired Naval Commander, diving expert, professor and research scientist shared valuable information for all.
Me and the doc go way back to high school on Long Island, and I have visited his Undersea Oxygen Clinic in Tampa, where he is saving lives on a regular basis.
Next up, it is all about the candles and the bees.
Watch me melt and pour aromatherapy beeswax candles, explaining the process and reasoning, and hulahooping as the wax melts.
Tune into the show with any electronic device via livestream at ltveh.org or watch it on television in East Hampton town on channel 20.
Tuesdays 10pm (6/04, 6/11)
Thursdays 5:30am (6/06, 6/13)
Fridays 1:30pm (6/07, 6/14)
Sundays 1pm (6/09, 6/16)
Last June I was working at Black Swan Antiques in Sag Harbor while the owner enjoyed his birthday and the U.S. Open with his family, and when he treasure hunted and purchased Black Swan Meadows in Brimfield, Mass.
I relished the chance to get dressed up and interact with others after being barefoot and secluded in Florida writing my memoirs. I absolutely LOVE vintage and antique finds, as well as the chance to rearrange furniture and home decor.
Thrilled to play in the Sag Harbor Main Street storefront window, I bonded with Pierre, a solid wood French manniquin, named and even written about over the years. Pierre’s outfit changes were no easy feat, and I even got socked in the eye once.
With the U.S. Open bringing clientele and yachts beyond the usual into the waterfront village, including Tiger Woods, the owner suggested a fitting blazer he had at home for Pierre.
“My wife won’t let me wear it, it has been called ‘the douchey jacket,'” he said.
Exhausted from the day of international visitors and dumb heels, I stayed open late for dinner strollers, and returned to my rental around 10:30 p.m.
I barely moved in yet but I had a futon mattress and a dreamy new comforter I couldn’t wait to wrap myself in. I went to turn off my phone, and it rang. It was the shop owner, and my friend.
“Hey Carrie, I am out in my boat with my cousin from Utah and we ran out of gas. Can you come get us?” Randy asked.
Fast forward to next morning, I was running late and it was taking forever to turn left onto 114 so I called my coworker, James.
“I am here. It is unlocked. I got you,” he said.
Then he called back in five minutes.
“There is a guy here wanting the jacket in the window,” he said.
“The douchey jacket?” I confirmed.
He laughed, restrained.
“He is here now, he climbed up into the window, got it off the mannequin and put it on,” he said.
I was not entirely surprised, but I didn’t think it was for sale.
“It is Randy’s. He loves it. You have to call him,” I said.
I was now pulling into the back parking lot for employees, where the man had parked, and I saw James out there with him. He was wearing the jacket. He had dark sunglasses on, too. My goal was to scoot by and get into the bathroom to finish my hair. It was still wet.
“You’re a woman. Can you tell me if these sleeves can be taken out?” the man asked with a distinctive Brooklyn, New York accent.
“Well I AM a woman, but I am not a tailor,” I said.
“I know one, her name is Nancy, and she could answer that question. She is in Southampton,” I told the man.
“Well I am from New York City,” he said curtly.
“Well okay then” I said, excusing myself into the bathroom to primp.
A few minutes later, I heard him looking for me.
“Where did she go?” he asked.
He started to sound very familiar. I assumed it was because he sounded a lot like my father. It was Father’s Day weekend and I missed him.
My father also loved vintage and antique memorabilia, and there was a framed bus roll that had “Coney Island” and “Kings Highway” stops. It made me feel like he was around. My family members rode that bus.
I showed the artwork to the bold man from New York City.
“That’s wrong, Kings Highway is not in Coney Island” he said, not realizing that it was a bus roll, and it was two different spots. I explained and he thought it was cool.
“Would the tailor come here and alter this jacket for me?” he asked, when Randy agreed via telephone to sell it.
“Well, J-Lo has someone come to her yacht for a blow out, so anything is possible,” I told him, as James swiped his card. He made a comment I won’t repeat, and then told James that his coworker liked to talk, as he did.
“Can you come along in my car and show me the way?” he then asked me.
“That’s not happening,” I said, thinking it crazy for a ‘woman’ to consider going off with a demanding stranger while I was supposed to be minding a store. I suggested James as a suitable option, since there were two of us, and no other customers.
I also noted that it was a good possiblity Nancy was busy, on a Saturday morning during Father’s Day weekend, the U.S. Open, and the beginning of summer for those with children.
“Can we call her?” he asked, and I found her number and started talking.
“Can I talk?” he asked, and I handed him the phone gladly.
“Hi Nancy, this is Harvey Keitel,” he said, and I felt like a total moron for not realizing.
“I saw this jacket in the window last night, and I would like to surprise my wife with it. Would you be able to take care of it this morning for me?” he asked.
“I don’t know my way around here,” he said, looking down at his flip phone which had no map app. I tried to explain, but it really was tricky to find.
So I went with him, and the Gemini sun and moon chatted away on the ride.
As we drove over his Sag Harbor bridge, I told Harvey about Jordan Haerter. Then, at the traffic circle I told him about Joey Theinert, pointing to Shelter Island, where a ferry is named for him. I poured my heart out about my memoir, my ex and my father. I told him how it was so hard to live in the Hamptons where people seem to have no idea we are at war. I told him how I cut a lot out of my memoirs.
“Tell the truth” advised the acclaimed actor and former Marine.
He had his jacket altered in superwoman timing and I shared a secret smoothie spot and local tips on Italian food.
“Carrie Ann, I am grinning ear to ear. This could be a documentary,
Hanging With Harvey,” he said before he took me back to work.
“Let’s get together again,” he said, and I went back to rewrite my memoir.
I never knew what ‘finding your inner child’ meant. Truthfully I thought it was new-age bullshit, but lately I have been finding my childhood in the most important aspects of my health care plan.
The more I practice self-care, the more it resembles caring for a child.
While I don’t fit into my favorite red pajamas any longer, I wrap myself in my favorite blanket as often as possible. I take a bath and go to bed around 8 p.m. most nights.
I carry my bottle around, currently a Yeti filled with organic coffee or smoothies. Sometimes I have warm organic milk before bedtime.
I eat frequent small healthy snacks, and take naps, too, as good food and sleep are essential to avoid crankiness and sickness.
I never liked being trapped indoors or practicing organized sports, but cute outfits and outside play in the sunshine is high on my list of priorities.
Sometimes I get angry, feel frustrated or wronged. I use bad words, but it is better than stuffing my emotions.
I ask Jesus for forgiveness and patience, and He helps me see the good in myself and other people.
XO Carrie Ann
Despite what viewers see on A & E’s Live PD, there is lots of good, clean fun and flavor to be found in Pasco County, Florida. Some now-famous Pasco Sheriffs were spotted (and thanked) at Hudson’s SunWest Park, an example of family friendly festivities.
It was my first time hearing Rev. B and Funktastic Soul, and I am a fan! I was also a fan of the lobster and crab mac-n-cheese.
With no margaritas on site and the sun shining bright, I had to leave a little early to wet my whistle at Get Hooked Grill, another Hudson gem seen on television for its spear-fishing crew.
This email screenshot deserves a post as a piece of history.
An employee at the Trulieve dispensary in New Port Richey thought my patient number was cool, too. I am one of the first in Florida.
Also of note, you can pay the Florida Department of Health for your card and renewal with a debit or credit card, yet you cannot use such cards at Florida dispensaries at this time.
I can finally access the plant in all forms that I need for my health care; topical gel, sublingual tincture, and vaporizer cartridges.
I can even have it delivered!
More to come on this journey.
I saw this #2009vs2019 hashtag trending and thought it a great opportunity to show that I have had #hair and #health all along my holistic journey.
You see, again, my story was published with a photograph of a bald woman. It saddens me that chemo is so commonplace that the loss of hair is expected of those dealing with cancer.
I hope that more people deny the toxic treatments pushed by most American medical doctors in favor of a plan that is better for their health.
I also hope that news journalists forego mentions of this dangerous treatment and photographs of victims of chemotherapy every time they share an article about cancer.
My health plan is a permanent page of this blog. Feel free to share with those who may benefit.
I am also using this hashtag and post to wrap the past and start fresh. It is time for new beginnings and fun in the sun!
Kick off your shoes and join me in following your dreams in 2019 and beyond!
As stress is the cause of most dis-ease, I limit it in any possible way, as mentioned in previous posts and memoirs. I spend my self-created downtime in my own healing places, usually on the water.
I often think of those who follow conventional paths and pray for them. I also think of those who have suggested that I too spend my time at doctors offices and hospitals, just in case.
In addition to the stressful atmosphere (and don’t get me started on the drugs, tests and treatments), life-threatening germs in these buildings pose many serious risks.
Less is more when it comes to exposure to stress, germs and toxins.
“It would be easier,” my mother replied matter-of-factly when I mentioned the option of being married to my career instead of a man this morning.
Another mother figure, my ex-mother-in-law, said something similar, back in those days.
We were watching one of my favorite HBO series, Six Feet Under, and she was particularly fond of the freelance massage therapist who just had a threesome with two beach boys. They walked up to her beach cottage and asked her for a joint, then one thing led to others.
“If I had it to do all over again, I think I would live an unconventional life like Brenda,” my ex-mother-in-law told me, days before she died.
I appreciated her honesty. That conversation inspired the name of my blog.
It made me understand myself. It wasn’t about Brenda’s acts with random beach boys. In addition to my unconventional health views, I want to represent those who choose to forego the 9-5, coupled & kid lifestyles.
It is not easy, and it is not for everybody.
Others often assume I am waiting on a man to feel complete or content. I am not. It was my choice to become single and my decisions have led me to feel happy and healthy.
I enjoy my own company, time with friends and nature, and the abundant opportunities for relaxation, peace, silence, creative thought and expression.
The Live Unconventionally blog hopes to encourage others to follow their instincts, hearts and dreams and to make effective life, health care and relationship choices.
A casual chat with Dr. Lisa Maharajh, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, about common sense methods of diagnosis, stress reduction, and more.
Some of my acquaintances have been frustrated with my lack of communication lately.
I am limiting my one-on-one interactions and taking extended breaks from my phone to review my past and plan my future.
Also, to maintain my health I have been sticking to my health plan.
I am purifying my life and limiting things like plans, news, noise, negativity, driving and drama.
This week alone my PTSD was triggered by a helicopter crash in Syria, killing members of Westhampton’s 106th Rescue Wing, a former life of mine.
When I am not working or writing, I am enjoying peaceful time alone with nature sounds, sunlight, and salty air.
I am avoiding television, news and political discussions. Instead, I listen to nature, nothing or music playlists or channels tailored to my moods or goals.
I unplug early, take lavender baths and get lots of quality sleep.
Self care is essential to health and happiness. I wish it for all of us.
“Our cells know the truth,” according to Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., “our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.”
Untold traumas can cause cells to broadcast danger signals that trigger adrenaline and stress hormones. When that stress is sustained, the immune system starts to malfunction.
“When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety,” Dr. Barrett wrote.
“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth” says Dr. Lissa Rankin in Mind Over Medicine.
“We all have stories–ongoing and ever-changing–that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back,” Judith Fertig advised in an article I tore out and put in my ‘to do’ folder back in 2014.
I wrote about the need to release stuffed trauma in a blog post a few years ago but four books finally flew out of me from the deep trenches of my heart.
My memoirs are based on actual events before, during, and after Sept. 11.
My personal thoughts and experiences include life as a law enforcement spouse, as well as Army wife-life at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and the Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach, New York.
My post-divorce adventures and self-discovery includes dating experiences as well as my career as a journalist on Shelter Island, Sag Harbor and the Hamptons.
Stay tuned as I revise for more truth-telling.
My latest Live Unconventionally TV episode, recorded in Florida, has aired.
I interviewed Dr. Lisa Maharajh, an Acupuncture Physician, and we chatted about the healing benefits of nature and so much more!
If you missed the show or previous episodes, all you need is an internet connection!
You can go to the Video on Demand link at http://ltveh.org or click here and watch when it is convenient for you.
Cleansing & Exercise Episode with Christa Schleicher
Fermented Vegetables Episode with Nadia Ernestus
Importance of Stress Reduction and Nature with Dr. Lisa Maharajh