Tequila! George Clooney’s Tequila!

Tequila! George Clooney’s Tequila!

As you can imagine, it’s difficult to complete a birthday list during a pandemic. Only so many places to go and things to do. So I’ve been relying on the simpler pleasures, like new parks, new foods, new drinks… Now I’ve had tequila before. I’m not a cocktail aficionado, but I’ve had my fair share […]

Old Sturbridge Village

Birthday Trip #17

Every year since I turned 30, I have visited a new place for my birthday. Because COVID is still looming large (even though more than half of adults in the US are vaccinated), I wanted to stay somewhat close to home. I landed on Sturbridge, MA, because I thought it was about time I went […]

singing bowls

Sound Bath Meditation

I’m always looking for new healing modalities and ways to handle stress better. When I took the SMART training at the Benson-Henry Institute a few years ago, I learned how stress can physically alter your brain. Also, when you have certain mystery diseases, such as fibromyalgia (which I do), stress reduction is key. My self-healing […]

Jane Goodall and Peter Wohlleben

Talking Trees with Jane and Peter

A bunch of independent bookstores around the country broadcasted a talk with English primatologist Jane Goodall and German forester Peter Wohlleben recently. Jane Goodall is a rock star in my book, so I jumped at the opportunity to watch her and Peter talk about his new book, The Heartbeat of Trees. The talk was moderated […]

custom Converse sneakers

Customized Chucks

When I was in college, I lived in low-top Converse. I had red ones, black ones, yellow ones, blue ones. As I started to wear them out, I didn’t replace them. I started a career and basically stopped wearing sneakers. I’ve always had one or two pairs of New Balance or Asics sneakers on hand […]