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A Lifestyle Based in Life

The Hill We Climb


A new dawn looms as we free it,
For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it,
If only we are brave enough to be it.

— Amanda Gorman

At the Inauguration of President Biden today, inaugural poet Amanda Gorman read her stunning poem “The Hill We Climb.”

I am not describing her age here nor the color of her skin because they are irrelevant to the genius of her words.

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The Leader Sets the Intention

It is a Law of Nature that the leader of any endeavor sets the intention for that endeavor, whether it is a country, a family, a business, and organization, the Earth, the universe, or an individual human life.

Today President Biden gave us his intention for the United States of America.

Democracy has been challenged, but it rises again as our natural state of governance.

Read and watch President Biden’s Inaugural address here…

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Designing as Nature

When I began to work on the new design for my websites, my professional graphic designer asked me about my “design style.” Having never worked with a professional graphic designer before on a project from beginning to end, I didn’t know what to say. I have preferences, but I had never thought of it as a foundation to work with, from which a design emerged.

After drawing a blank, the next day I did start thinking of things, like the design of my home, the clothing I choose and the basic guidelines I have chosen for my life.

And I started scribbling…

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An Introduction to Natural Time

When I first became interested in orienting my life to Nature back in 1987, the first thing I started learning about was natural time.

In our industrial consumer material world we are oriented to clocks and calendars that are part of the industrial system. In the material world time is divided into standardized lengths—each minute has 60 second, each hour has 60 minutes, each day has 24 hours, each week has 7 days…

But in Nature, time is determined by the movement of the sun, the moon, and the stars, which are not so standard, but are actually what is occurring in life.

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Taking Our New Photographs Made Me More Aware of How the Sun Lights Up Our Day

When Larry and I decided to upgrade The Lifely Group websites, one of the first things on the list was to have professional photographs taken. For the most part we were using miscellaneous photographs that were taken with cell phone cameras in different times and places. It was all we had at the time.

But then with covid shutdowns I thought I would not be able to hire a photographer.

I was trying to figure out what to do when I received an email from Groupon, offering photographic services. The services being offered were in Florida, where I used to live, but it gave me the idea that perhaps photographers were available and I could get the photographs I wanted.

So I went online and searched for local photographers and a site came up.

The first listing was for Natural Portraits and Events. After describing what they do there was a little graphic that said


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What Happened When I Started Upgrading The Lifely Group Websites

The past six weeks has been such a metamorphosis, I want to tell you what happened. I truly feel like I have gone from being a caterpillar to a butterfly.

After working on this website for almost a year and a half, I got to a point where I started to feel ready to put my ideas out in the world. But I wasn’t happy with the way the websites looked. I wanted to make a better first impression. So I just started considering this and what I needed and wanted.

Then all of a sudden someone contacted me to record a podcast that would air in February. This really made me want to upgrade the site.

And then one of my readers wanted to give me a donation. So suddenly I had enough money to hire the professional graphic designer and photographer that I needed. I knew who I wanted for the graphic design and easily found the perfect photographer.

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The Depths of Winter—Preparing for New Life

Over the holiday, Larry and I have been working diligently on website upgrades and “background” content that explains some of the fundamentals on which our Lifely work is based.

We’re still in the process of doing that work and still need a couple more weeks. It’s an appropriate activity for winter, while all life is underground, doing the predatory work for bursting into view as spring begins to emerge at the beginning of February.

We can tell we are past the Winter Solstice now because on Saturday we saw so many geese we realized they are migrating north, back to their homes.

We expect to resume regular posting on this blog after the Inauguration, as our country begins a whole new cycle with a new President. We have an opportunity in this coming year to build our country anew on good foundations. We are happy to be ready to contribute to rebuilding efforts offering our ideas about living based in Life.

THere’s much much more to come this year.

See you soon!

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My Solstice Carols: Songs of Life

The first year I celebrated Winter Solstice was 1987. I had experienced a huge awakening to Nature in July of that year and by Winter Solstice I had already begun to learn about aligning with Nature by celebrating the seasons.

I knew I wanted to celebrate Winter Solstice but I didn’t know what to do. So I did nothing beyond deciding to acknowledge the day as the start of the new solar year that supports all life on Earth.

The next year as December came around, I realized that I no longer wanted to sing Christmas carols. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to sing, it was that I wanted to sing something appropriate to Winter Solstice.

So I began to research the history of carols and found to my surprise that some of our most popular “Christmas” carols existed originally as Winter Solstice carols.

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Stargazing on Winter Solstice

Today is Winter Solstice, which makes tonight the longest night of the year.

This year the Winter Solstice is especially special because on this very day there is a “great conjunction” of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the sky. Tthe two planets will almost touch in the sky. Both planets will be at 0 degrees Aquarius from 20 through 24 December. Larry and I plan to go out tonight to see this.

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A Change of Culture

On Saturday night I watched a new holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel.

Larry and I have watched a lot of Hallmark holiday movies over the years, but this one was different in a way that really related to what we are doing here with Lifely.

Love, Lights, Hanukkah is the story of an adopted Christian woman whose loses her adoptive mother and then meets her birth mother, who is Jewish. The theme of the movie is about the problems and rewards of this woman integrating into her new family, who has a completely different culture.

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uite simply, this blog is about orienting ourselves and our lives to life, instead of orienting ourselves and our lives to industrial consumerism. Here we are sharing our own journey. You come too.

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Debra & Larry Redalia
lifepartners + soulmates

For more than 30 years we have been delving into the nature and activities of life together. Indeed, this has been and continues to be the very reason we are together. With delight we research, explore, observe and even wake each other up in the middle of the night to discuss how life functions and how we can function as life—even while living in the modern world. We each are different from the norm, but we are different in the same way, so we have been able to think outside of the ordinary together and find the extraordinary workings of life.

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