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 […]

cold brew coffee

Coffee Chronicles

I love coffee, but it doesn’t enthusiastically agree with me anymore. It’s temperamental at best, so I usually only drink it a couple of times per week. Since I only drink one cup at a time at home, I’ve been using an OXO pour-over coffeemaker, which works great for my needs. And now I have […]