“Opting Out”

Avoidance is a coping mechanism that is used to avoid stressful situations. An interesting new social norm that has aroused my curiosity is the ignoring of texts, messaging apps, email, and other online invites. I have heard people say that it’s a “polite” way of declining and it should not be considered rude. No responseContinue reading ““Opting Out””

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“Travel and Humanities have been my biggest educator”

My addiction for traveling began early on for me. I fell in love with it. Travel quickly became one of my biggest passions. I used to think it was the inspiring “Awe and Wonder” of the new experience that was responsible for my passion, but I am now certain that it is because of muchContinue reading ““Travel and Humanities have been my biggest educator””

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“2020 – A year of change”

“Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future” -John F. Kennedy I remember ringing in the new year full of hope.“It was going to be a great year”, I thought. After all, Halloween was going to fall on a Saturday. NewContinue reading ““2020 – A year of change””

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“Decorative Focaccia Bread Making”

Last month I attended a decorative focaccia bread making class at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH. This was my first bread making experience. I couldn’t have imagined that I would enjoy this new art as much as I did. I had previously taken a pasta making class there, and quickly learned that pasta making wasContinue reading ““Decorative Focaccia Bread Making””

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“Best HIIT Treadmill Workout”

I came across this workout last March during quarantine and fell in love with it. I began running seven years ago and have always tried to keep it as part of my daily routine. I’m not talking marathon running here, just good old healthy running to stay fit. What I love about this workout isContinue reading ““Best HIIT Treadmill Workout””

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“Wednesday Night Blues”

This summer I was fortunate enough to get turned on to what quickly became my Wednesday night tradition for the past six months. I also am fortunate enough to have married into a family with a strong love and appreciation for music. They invited me to join them at the Bull Run Restaurant in ShirleyContinue reading ““Wednesday Night Blues””

“The gift of music”

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” —Plato The origin of music is unknown as it occurred prior to recorded history. No one knows for sure why music was created but most theorists agreeContinue reading ““The gift of music””

“Is it worth it to make plans during the pandemic”?

As I come out of warm summer months and into the holiday season, I look even further ahead into the depths of winter and I ask myself “what am I going to do?”. My calendar is empty. I wonder “is it worth it to make plans during the pandemic“? With all of the unanticipated changesContinue reading ““Is it worth it to make plans during the pandemic”?”

“The Adventure of Pasta Making”

This blog is not about how to make pasta. I will leave that to the experts. This is about why I loved this experience. Last April, I had a trip to Italy planned to visit my daughter who was studying abroad. When the pandemic hit, the trip was cancelled. She was sent home after onlyContinue reading ““The Adventure of Pasta Making””

How anyone can afford to travel

The question I get asked most often is “how do you do it???”.  Sometimes it comes in the form of a snarky comment, and sometimes it comes from innocent curiosity. I didn’t always understand where this question derived. It seemed as though some people would be hoping that I would reply “I’m drowning in creditContinue reading “How anyone can afford to travel”