Italian Cocktail and Tunes

Italian Cocktail and Tunes

I’m noticing that my birthday list is taking on a drinks theme as of late… Well, my journey to drinking an Italian cocktail began at a record store in my hometown. Allen and I stopped into the House of Guitars when we visited Rochester a couple of months ago. The place is iconic and chaotic—at […]

A Superfood Made of Nuts…er, Fruit?

A Superfood Made of Nuts…er, Fruit?

Have you heard of Maya nuts? I hadn’t until I read an article on the Blue Zones blog. Maya nuts are not a type of nut—they are a type of fruit—and are found in Costa Rica. I read that they contain lots of nutrients and are caffeine-free but give some people energy. Sounded good to […]

Tequila! George Clooney’s Tequila!

Tequila! George Clooney’s Tequila!

As you can imagine, it’s difficult to complete a birthday list during a pandemic. Only so many places to go and things to do. So I’ve been relying on the simpler pleasures, like new parks, new foods, new drinks… Now I’ve had tequila before. I’m not a cocktail aficionado, but I’ve had my fair share […]

Old Sturbridge Village

Birthday Trip #17

Every year since I turned 30, I have visited a new place for my birthday. Because COVID is still looming large (even though more than half of adults in the US are vaccinated), I wanted to stay somewhat close to home. I landed on Sturbridge, MA, because I thought it was about time I went […]

singing bowls

Sound Bath Meditation

I’m always looking for new healing modalities and ways to handle stress better. When I took the SMART training at the Benson-Henry Institute a few years ago, I learned how stress can physically alter your brain. Also, when you have certain mystery diseases, such as fibromyalgia (which I do), stress reduction is key. My self-healing […]