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 […]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa and Tibet

I really miss live music and I often wonder when concerts will return. And I wonder when I will feel safe enough to attend a concert. All I know for sure is that it will be a transcendent experience and there will be tears. For now, I am grateful for the virtual concert experiences that […]

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Virtual Volunteering

I discovered a passion for volunteering when it helped me find my way out of a dark place 10+ years ago. It showed me a new purpose in life; it exposed me to myriad nonprofits doing amazing work; it gave me hope to work alongside countless volunteers who were also giving of their time. Some […]

Sally Field as Norma Rae

Union!

I began my #45 birthday list by watching the film Norma Rae. It is based on the true story of a Southern woman who spearheads a unionization effort at the textile mill where she and her family work. I was excited to watch it because I helped unionize my coworkers and was involved in the […]

Jackson Homestead and Museum

Allen and I visited Jackson Homestead and Museum in Newton, MA, recently. It is the first house I’ve been to that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The house was built in 1809 by Timothy Jackson. His son, William, became an abolitionist and was one of two community members who offered his home as […]