Love Letter to the Arboretum

Every year, the grief I feel about the end of the summer becomes a little more soul crushing. My love for the sun was unrequited this summer, as I only made it to the beach twice. Twice! However, I did make it to one of my favorite places in Boston: the Arnold Arboretum.     […]

The Meaning of Hospitality

hospitality (noun) 1. Cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests. Last week, I went on my third annual silent retreat at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist’s home north of the city. I continue to be in awe of how welcoming and hospitable this monastic community is. I love living in a […]

Lake Cruises, Forests, and Bears, Oh My!

At the end of May, Mom and I went to the Adirondacks to celebrate our milestone birthdays. Even though I grew up in New York, I had never been to the Adirondacks. We spent three nights in the area, so I chose three items for the birthday list. #36: Took a cruise on Lake George. […]

Ayer Mansion and Gallery 360

Phew! I just hopped off the hamster wheel that is my life to do a quick check-in. Last weekend, I visited the Ayer Mansion. Its claim to fame is that it’s the sole surviving residence that was originally designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.                 Yes, famed stained glass […]

T – 58 Days

I’m closing the book on another decade in fewer than two months!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! I’m taking solace in my new Peeps socks.             I have 20 things left to do on my list and am trying to talk myself into staying calm. I’m planning to finish Tender Is the Night […]