A Day at the Beach

  I took a weekday off last week to accomplish #36 on the birthday list: try out a new beach. I decided to try Winthrop Beach in nearby Winthrop. I somehow ended up at an entirely different beach in East Boston. This chain of events reminded me that travelers must be open to the unexpected—even... Continue Reading →

Final Stretch

  35 down, 3 to go. I'm in the final stretch of the birthday list. This past week, I accomplished two things. 1. I went to the Cantab Lounge. This excursion ended up being a triple whammy. I was going to the Cantab to see a poetry slam competition. AND, I ended up being a... Continue Reading →

Pickling, Cruising, Cocktailing

  It was another busy week...checked three more items off the birthday list. 1. Pickling I pickled some carrots and cauliflower. Oh my. It ended up being a failed experiment, but that's fine. I just picked the wrong recipe off the Internet! Or maybe I didn't let the vinegar mixture boil enough. When I tasted... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

The Scent of Lilacs

  On the way home from a doctor's appointment the other day, I walked through the Arnold Arboretum. My path took me through the lilac collection. The lilacs were still in bloom and were beautiful. I stopped at random bushes to inhale the scent. The scent of lilacs means "home" to me. There were lilac... Continue Reading →

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