Worse Than a Toothache

Dear Reader, Do you have dental insurance? Sorry, to be so direct, but this is an important issue. I have heard numerous complaints about the dire state of the U.S. healthcare system, but I feel that most of these complaints are about doctor’s visits and medical procedures, not dental appointments. As a kid, going to... Continue Reading →

All Along the Orange Line — Part 2

Dear Reader, There’s always more to explore in and around Boston. Traveling along Boston’s Orange Line (subway), one will traverse the cities of Malden and Medford and be granted access to the Boston neighborhoods of Charlestown, the North End, the West End, Downtown, Chinatown, the South End, and Jamaica Plain. Furthermore, stops along the Orange... Continue Reading →

All Along the Orange Line — Part 1

Dear Reader, Boston’s public transportation system is one of the best in the country. It is ranked number 3 in the country just after New York City and San Francisco by US News and number 2 by Business Insider just after Seattle. One thing I love about the “T” (aka the “Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority”)... Continue Reading →

(Don’t) Gotta Love It

Dear Reader, Do you also force yourself to like things or is that just me? Good habits can be hard to form, in fact, sometimes they must be forced. When I was younger, I was not a big fruit eater. The first time I started eating fruits regularly (scarily enough) was not until high school.... Continue Reading →

Sugar, Sugar Everywhere

Dear Reader, Once again, I’m going to write about sugar. If you follow my blog, you may remember that I am trying to cut down on my added sugar intake (more here). That, like most things in life, is easier said than done. After a few weeks trying (to greater and weaker effect) to cut... Continue Reading →

You Can’t Buy Elbow Grease

Dear Reader, Buying used products can be hit-or-miss. While I have been very happy and grateful to buy and receive used clothes and supplies, every once in a while I am blown away for all the wrong reasons. My most recent used purchase was a beautiful red bicycle… or so it seemed. If you follow... Continue Reading →

Views from Below

Dear Reader, Depending on how you count it, Martha’s Vineyard is about 70 to 95 miles from Boston. For the locals, anywhere on Cape Cod, including Falmouth, Chatham, and Provincetown are popular vacation spots. Unlike the mainland destinations, however, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are a bit more secluded as these islands can only be reached... Continue Reading →

Grin and Barre It

Dear Reader, Fortunately, the pain came as no surprise. Not too long ago, I read the book Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin (more here). In the book, Martin recounts her experience in a barre exercise class with a flock of fit, well-to-do mothers. She describes how her muscles trembled as she... Continue Reading →

Better with Age

Dear Reader, Say it once, say it 1,000 times — age is just a number. And never was this axiom more apparent than when I went on a hike with group of 50-to-70-something-year-old individuals. In previous posts, I discussed how I became interested in hiking (more here) and how I am participating in the activity more... Continue Reading →

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