The Way Life Should Be

I went to Bar Harbor, Maine, for the second time a few weeks ago. It made such an impression on me seven years ago that when I returned, I felt as if no time had passed. I went to my favorite shops, which were all still there. I went to the movie theater that serves […]

Enjoy the Silence

  A few weeks ago, I went back to the monastic community that I visited last year. It was just as peaceful and restorative, if not more so, since I stayed longer this time. I volunteered in the garden again. This year, I picked strawberries and did lots of weeding in herb and garlic beds. […]

Top 10: Part 1

  This year was the 10th anniversary of my birthday list, so I decided to look through the list and choose a “top 10.” Here are 10–5! 10. Age 30: Dye my hair fuchsia I started dyeing my hair in high school. It started out as highlighting and soon my hair was medium blonde. (I […]

Block Island

  “I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I spent three nights on Block Island last week. I wish I had been able to stay at least three more. […]

Kickstarter, Henna, and the Roman Empire

  I need to kick my addiction to Kickstarter. There are just so many good ideas waiting to come to fruition…I just chipped in for three projects so now I want you to as well: Reading Rainbow OK, this one doesn’t technically need any additional help. But don’t you want to ensure that Reading Rainbow […]