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Itty Bitty Accomplishments

Dear Reader, Stairs and ramps are fundamentally different. If you are traveling up an impossibly high ramp, then progress can seem slow and tedious, however, if you are traveling up a staircase you can clearly see each step as a small accomplishment. This is not the perfect metaphor for ways to view progress, but it... Continue Reading →

Masks in the Making

Dear Reader, Although the initial shock and panic that the coronavirus pandemic has brought is well behind us, social distancing and other policies are chugging along full speed ahead. The Massachusetts governor ordered everyone over the age of 2 to wear face masks in all public spaces (including outdoors) if they are unable to maintain... Continue Reading →

Beware of Burnout

Dear Reader, Are you or a loved one suffering from burnout? Yes, this opening was deliberately intended to sound like a commercial for some hard-to-pronounce drug. Jokes aside, burnout is an important issue that a simple pill cannot solve. In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized ‘burnout’ as an ‘occupational phenomenon.’ In a Gallup... Continue Reading →

Sweet, Soft, Simple – Mango Cake!

Dear Reader, Baking with mangos is surprisingly unpopular on cooking websites. These sweet tropical fruits are seemingly reserved for sorbets, ice creams, and puddings. Having a ripe mango in the kitchen and a desire to make a baked good, I ignored the advice of the internet and embarked on a near fruitless search to find... Continue Reading →

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Dear Reader, It is “Cinco de Mayo” in the United States today. Yes, I did say the ‘United States’ and not Mexico. While in the U.S., this day is unofficially celebrated with chips, salsa, and margaritas, the fifth of May is just another day on the calendar for most parts of Mexico. However, don’t let... Continue Reading →

[Author] Michael Robotham

Dear Reader, There are some big-name authors out there. Literally, writers like Stephen King, James Patterson, and Lee Child have their names printed just as big (if not bigger) than the titles of their books on the cover. In this way, just seeing a familiar surname is like a quality-assurance or brand marker for the... Continue Reading →

The Coffee Diaries

Dear Reader, How old were you when you had your first cup of coffee? Did you sip for practical reasons, curiosity, or maybe just because all of your friends were doing it? Do you even remember such a trivial detail? Believe it or not I only had my first cup of coffee a few days... Continue Reading →

Nature Calls

Dear Reader, Are you still able to make it outside during these uncertain times? If you are, how much of that outdoor time do you spend in nature? A new study has found that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain diseases.... Continue Reading →

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