on Jan 5th, 2011Welcome

photo of Carolyn Wing Greenlee

I picture this site as an electronic version of my filing system, which is piles. There are lots of things I’ve been wanting to share—handy hints for blind people, nutrition and exercises to help strengthen eyes, stories of puppy raisers and guide dog handlers, observations from my life, and stories that will eventually go in books that I have on schedule to write, but are still several years from being published. I want to share my favorite photos, interviews, videos, resources, and songs. I want it to be informative, educational, fun, encouraging, helpful, and maybe even inspirational. It’s not meant to be the last word on anything, the source of the cutting edge latest and greatest, scholarly, meticulously researched, or definitive in any way. There are lots of sites that do that beautifully. I’m not the scholarly type. I’m more a living room kind of gal. If we were sitting in my living room (or yours), I would be telling you these types of things. Please know that everything I post on this site is intended to make your life better in some way. Thank you for visiting.


on May 9th, 2015Changing Direction

It’s Spring. In Lake County, spring is always kind of schizophrenic. It can be very cold, then pretty hot. We had some furious rains with winds to match, but today is absolutely gorgeous. And Then there were those hot days that felt like the middle of summer.

I told Dan I was going to make it rain. We haven’t had enough to end the drought, so I took definite action. Sure enough, a few days later, we had two days of very nice rain. What is my method? I changed my wardrobe from turtlenecks to tees. Works every time. The only thing more effective is changing out my wardrobe and washing my car, but, of course, with he water shortage, I couldn’t do the latter, so we got only two days, but it is still better than nothing.

I’m not sure what is happening in my direction at this time, I just know it’s changing. God told me my time at the women’s shelter would be over at the end of April. When I started to wonder why, He said, “Don’t guess.” I was sad to be leaving after five months of Tuesdays, for it was an experience that enriched my life in surprising ways, and I have those wonderful women in my heart, along with all the things I learned in helping them with the release of trauma, self-sabotage, and potential for a better life.

My health, including eyes, are improving. My current diet is working for me. I’m also taking supplements that have essential oils in them to help carry the nutrients into the body efficiently. Absorption of nutrients is a problem with Scleroderma. My energy is better. Also, I’m using essential oils on my eye lids and around my eyes and I have been seeing colors I haven’t seen in years. I can now tell the difference between purple and brown! I love being able to see purple again. I really wasn’t thrilled about my world going brown. It’s wonderful to see improvement when my doctors have been telling me my realistic future is loss and more loss. I use Young Living products because of their care in processing and certified purity and quality. But mostly, it’s because I stopped losing weight and hair, and I also stopped getting cavities (another problem brought about by my autoimmune disease), and I also appreciate that It’s not more expensive than what I was spending before.

I’m back working on the documentary of sculpture Betty Davenport Ford. When I saw her a couple of weeks ago, she spoke to me at length about how she repairs broken ceramic sculptures. I had no idea you could do such a thing. She said she had to invent techniques, but inventing new ways to solve problems seems to be one of her gifts, and she enjoys doing things that seem impossible to others.

The latest thing is treating dogs with essential oils. When I was on the last trip to Claremont, Hedy developed a bladder infection. mixed Sacred Frankincense with coconut oil and rubbed it on her belly. She loved it, and promptly licked all the residue off my hand. The next day, she had no more symptoms. Frankincense has powerful anti-microbial properties, and Hedy smelled really good too!

I just learned that essential oils have very high frequencies. While humans generally run from 62 to 68 MHz, oils can go as high as 320 MHz. Lavender is 118 MH. Recently, my neighbor, Cathy, took her dog to the vet to have a tumor removed. It took him 10 hours to come out of the anesthesia. A few days later, he ripped out a couple of staples and had to go back for a repair. More anesthesia. Cathy and I have been experimenting with the oils. She put three drops of Lavender oil on Spot’s pillow, so he was breathing in a 118 MHz frequency oil with its wonderful capability of oxygenating his blood. He woke up in just two hours and was peppy enough to go for a walk later that day.

In celebration of this beautiful time of year, here is a shot I took a few days ago from my deck. It’s God’s modern art. He has such a nice touch!

Happy Spring!

Photo by Carolyn Wing Greenlee


on Mar 14th, 2015Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

It has always impressed me that, on the night before His crucifixion, Jesus was more concerned about His disciples than Himself. He told them, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” If I knew I would be suffering horrible torture in a few hours, I think I would not be doing my best to comfort other people, no matter how much I cared for them.

Two other Scriptures besides John 14:1 are in this song. There’s Matthew 11:28, where He says, “Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest;” and 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” In the Greek, the verb’s tense means continuing action — for He keeps on caring for you.

The rest of the song came in a rush — not direct Scripture, but the sense of His heart.

We rarely know when we start working on a song what the final arrangement will be. We just know it has to fit the message. I love the feel of tenderness and quiet in this song. When you’re overwhelmed by swirling thoughts and uncertainties, with many dangers, toils, and snares, it helps to hear His quiet voice speaking through the chaos: Let not your heart be troubled. Trust Me. I AM the One who holds your hand.


on Feb 19th, 2015Update: Chinese New Year – February 19, 2015

Every year I have three chances to get serious about my new year’s resolutions: January 1, my birthday, and Chinese New Year. In the past four months, so much has been changing that I haven’t had time to think of resolutions, except I resolved to write an update.

Since December, I’ve been volunteering at the local women’s shelter doing trauma release and healing once a week. The women are bright, responsive, and so thankful that they have not been forgotten. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with them. They are very special indeed.

Also in December, Dan and I developed an organic spice tea designed to help with type 2 diabetes and support blood vessel and heart health. Our goal is to create a line of convenient teas and spice blends, each combination using spices which support the body for optimum wellness. We call them Healing Life Foods.

Healing Life Foods - cacao spice tea label

The book “Waking the Tiger,” by Dr. Peter Levine, is responsible for changing the way I handle trauma release. It now includes resolution and redemption of traumas, and the whole process is facilitated with the addition of essential oils. My husband Dennis used essential oils in his practice, but I never understood how they worked, or used them effectively in my own life. To find out for myself if there was a measurable improvement in meridian energy, I charted all subsequent clients, applied the oil their body chose through muscle testing, and recharted without having used microcurrent on them. In every case, readings went from being in the sixty percent range of body energy to the eighties. Very impressive.

For the third time, I changed the name of my album, and I finally feel it’s the right one. To reinforce that belief, a design for the cover came quickly to mind. Here it is.

album cover for Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled by Carolyn Wing Greenlee

We are working on final tracks now. In December, the Lord told me 2015 would be the year of fruition. Things which had been seeded a long time would suddenly come to completion, and it’s happening in all of the above areas of my life, especially the album of Scripture songs. It is definitely their time to be released to uplift and encourage those who hear them.

On Valentine’s Day, Hedy turned eight. She doesn’t look or act a day over five, and I suspect she will have her Lab puppy-brain well into old age. Both of us have a little white in our black hair. Well, I have more than she does, but, in dog years, she’s only fifty-six, whereas I am all of sixty-eight and proud of it.

I like my life. I have meaningful work. I love watching people get free of traumas they thought would haunt them all their days. I love discovering the healing properties in plants and seeds with their anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory phyto-chemicals and abilities to cleanse cells and even repair DNA. There is so much pain and suffering, insecurity, loss, anxiety and fear these days, and I love being one of those who gets to help with tools that continue to astound me.

May your new year be blessed with wholeness and peace of mind and heart as you walk into wise and surprising plans that God has for you, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).


on Sep 16th, 2014Morning routine with Hedy

This is what I do almost every morning with Hedy. Contrary to popular opinion, guide dogs are not just naturally submissive and well-behaved. Yes, they are superbly trained from puppyhood to graduation, but the handler has to keep up on that training every day after that. It’s easy for a $65,000 guide dog to deteriorate into a $65,000 pet just by letting them do whatever they want. Then, when you need them to guide you, they won’t. If you don’t do the maintenance on your Ferrari, you can’t expect it to perform up to its capability.

Multitudes of people invested their lives and love and finances in my little Hedy Girl, and I feel responsible to them to keep her fulfilling the job for which she was bread and born. Our morning routine provides structure and sets the tone for our day. Hedy knows I expect her to listen to me, and routine and reward give her security. As you can see, she doesn’t look downtrodden, beaten into submission and cringing obedience. She does what I ask because we have a relationship, one that is mutually beneficial, one that makes us happy.


on Sep 16th, 2014Sunrise

Sunrise from the Deck

Sunrise from the Deck
photo by Carolyn Wing Greenlee