Jack is a Dull Boy

Dear Reader, When was your last vacation? This question became a topic of conversation at my last staff meeting as we were reminded to take our accumulated vacation time. Interestingly, it seems that at my work, many of us are neglecting to take vacations, which seems a bit odd. Nearly all companies offer their employees... Continue Reading →

Souls in Search

Dear Reader, Currently, I am reading the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and I am surprised by how much I enjoy it. Usually, I will post about a book only after I have read it, but there is a passage in the book that I found so interesting that I have decided to... Continue Reading →

One Way or the Other

Dear Reader, Perspective is everything. Currently, I am reading the memoir Educated by Tara Westover, about a woman who grew up on a farm in Idaho without a formal education. Tara’s family members are devout Mormons whose patriarch believes that the government is run by the Illuminati and that any reliance on the establishment, even... Continue Reading →

Sad Little Loaves

Dear Reader, I have come to the point in this pandemic when I seem to be baking for the sake of baking rather than baking because I actually want to bake or am craving something sweet. For example, this past week, I made two types of pumpkin bread and have barely eaten either. The first... Continue Reading →

The Special Thing about Special Things

Dear Reader, Everyone can benefit from something to look forward to. I feel strongly about this and wrote a post about the subject a few months ago (more here). In a follow up to this post, today I write about the things that I look forward to even during the lockdown. Especially when things are... 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 →

Surreality

Dear Reader, Do you know Salvador Dalí’s famous painting “The Persistence of Memory” with all of the melting clocks? The coronavirus pandemic, much like the artistic masterpiece is surrealist in nature. Surrealism was a 20th century movement in which writers and artists used their work to bring a keen eye to the subconscious and non-rationality... Continue Reading →

The Great Indoors!

Dear Reader, How long have you been enduring the ‘new normal?’ Just over five weeks ago, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all non-essential businesses and organizations in Massachusetts to close their physical facilities to employees, customers and the public. One week later, Gov. Baker extended the state's stay-at-home advisory and required all... Continue Reading →

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