Happiness Here and Now

Dear Reader, The present and engaged mind is the mortal enemy of stress. Last week, I took a course on presentation skills and had an opportunity to give a three-minute talk on a topic of my choosing. Encouraged to speak about something that makes our heart sing, I immediately thought to make stress the theme... Continue Reading →

Boston’s Little Belgium

Dear Reader, Where do the little pockets of culture lie in your city? Boston has a few different cultural centers including Chinatown in downtown, Lusophone neighborhoods in Cambridge, an Armenian constituency in Watertown, and Hispanic comunidad in East Boston among others (more here). Even where there is not a national or cultural community, many parts... Continue Reading →

Bring Your Own Mat

Dear Reader, Beer and yoga is a surprisingly common pairing. I learned this when I decided to dive into one of my 2020 New Year’s resolutions and ‘do more yoga.’ Around Boston, yoga studio membership costs about $150 a month; this is excluding new member/ student specials. If I aimed to make trips to the... Continue Reading →

It’s Takes Money, Honey

Dear Reader, “You don’t have to skip the lattes to save money for the future.” That is the opening line to a New York Times article on personal finance that I recently read. I find personal finance to be a fascinating subject. Perhaps, this owes in part to the fact that personal finance is not... Continue Reading →

Death is Number Two

Dear Reader, Jerry Seinfeld famously said, “According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two.” As a work opportunity, I participated in a two-part ‘introduction into presentation’ skills course. On day one, eleven employees were in attendance. When we were asked if public speaking was our worst fear, a... Continue Reading →

Total Disruption

Dear Reader, Where will you be four months from now? A month ago, I would have been excited to talk about my potential summer travel, however, today, I hesitate to plan for anything more then a few weeks in advance. One of the unfortunate side effects of the coronavirus is the uncertainty. If the virus... Continue Reading →

In the Shadow of Fear

Dear Reader, How has your life been affected by the coronavirus. At the time of this writing, about 50 countries have reported coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and the  death toll is near 5,000. In Boston, we are lucky enough to be virus free (for the time being), yet life as we know it is slowing being... Continue Reading →

Indoor, Outdoor Spaces

Dear Reader, Humans are both indoor and outdoor creatures. We have simultaneously erected megacities while protecting forests and swamplands from manmade development. Some of us assuage our craving for nature by integrating brisk walks into our day and, perhaps, the occasional outdoor excursion into our otherwise sheltered lives. Even those of us who would rather... Continue Reading →

Getting it ‘Just Right’

Dear Reader, Do you know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? In the fairytale that I grew up hearing, a young girl enters into the home of three bears while they are away. She tries their porridge remarking that one is too hot, another is too cold, and the third is just right.... Continue Reading →

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