I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t know anyone affected by the 9/11 tragedy. It’s hard to believe that it was 12 years ago. I’m one of the lucky ones who doesn’t know anyone affected by the Marathon bombings. It’s hard to believe that it was almost five months ago. People whose lives […]


  OK, that’s it. The universe is calling me back to Yorkshire. Where’s Yorkshire? Take a wild guess. Yes, England. The county of Yorkshire is where my lifelong obsession with England began. Having been afflicted with a chronic case of travel bug at the tender age of 17, I knew I’d have to study abroad […]

Just Being

I recently spent a weekend in a monastic community. In early spring, I read an article about a monastery in Cambridge. I was intrigued because my mother has stayed at a monastery in western NY a few times over the years. The idea of escaping the concrete jungle for some quiet, reflective time appealed to […]

Lessons Learned

  I’ve been out of commission for two months now. It has felt like eternity at times. But finally, the big “pause” button on my life is lifting. I would say I’m at 70–80% capacity. I’ll know when I’m at 100% when I can drink again, attend concerts again, talk with friends for hours again…when […]

Believing in People

  I attended an award ceremony at Harvard the other night. Eddie Izzard was receiving a “lifetime achievement award in cultural humanism.” I hadn’t heard the term humanism before, but it turns out I’m a humanist! I’ve heard the terms atheist and agnostic…I have loosely considered myself agnostic. In my online dating profile, I say […]