1 Month of Delicious Dinners

Dear Friends, Many you have been asking me to post a sample dinner meal-plan. You’re curious about what I eat, but also in disbelief that most dinners take me 30 minutes or less to prep and cook. Well, it’s true…. and, just in time for the holiday season, I’m going post a meal plan ANDContinue reading “1 Month of Delicious Dinners”

6 Trends and What They Have in Common

Dear friend, There’s a reason the 1950s was referred to as the golden era of TV. Not only was TV increasingly accessible, but many of the programs are still beloved today. Arguably, some of the programs were problematic because they reinforced gender roles that were ditched during WWII. However, most of it was designed toContinue reading “6 Trends and What They Have in Common”

Hello November

Dear Friend, What are you looking forward to during the month of November? If you’re like me, November is a time to reflect on what you’re grateful for and prepare for the holiday season. In America, during November we celebrate Thanksgiving which is one of my favorite holidays. When we were children we were fedContinue reading “Hello November”

From Pain to Passion: My Cooking Journey

Dear Friend, What are you passionate about? Lately, I’m passionate about cooking. When I was a child I primarily learned to cook from my sister who wanted to be a chef, and from the Food Network which mainly consisted of home-cooking programs. Back then I didn’t cook often, and it wasn’t something I necessarily didContinue reading “From Pain to Passion: My Cooking Journey”

Craving Community

Dear friend, Today for the first time in years, I checked out a book at the library. The experience of plucking the book from the quiet stacks and carrying it with me back to my office was pleasing, and I was reminded of a summer when I read so many library books my vision literallyContinue reading “Craving Community”

A Night at the Basketball Court

Dear Friend, Summers as a kid were a lot different than they are now. Back then, I kept busy from dawn until dusk playing basketball, swimming in the pool, and practicing colorguard. Sitting still wasn’t in my nature. I didn’t read books often or watch more than an hour or so of tv at night.Continue reading “A Night at the Basketball Court”

3 Easy Meal Ideas

Dear Paige E., Can you post easy meal Ideas? -(Requested by multiple friends) Dear friends, Several of you have asked for meal ideas, so I’ve included 3 below. I plan on posting more in the future, so keep an eye out :). I’ve also received a specific request for summer meals. Two of the recipesContinue reading “3 Easy Meal Ideas”

5 Books for a Happier You

Dear Friend, What types of books are your favorite? My favorite books inspire me and teach me something about myself and my relationship to this strange world. I read and re-read the ones that invigorate me the most, especially if they’re books like the ones listed below, which teach me key secrets to happiness. TheseContinue reading “5 Books for a Happier You”

Living with Mental Illness

Dear Friend, Mental health is a topic that a lot of people shy away from….Sure, you hear about mindfulness and meditation. You also hear that exercise is good for your mental health, and so is eating a well balanced diet. What nobody ever wants to talk about is the daily experience of living with mentalContinue reading “Living with Mental Illness”

Overcoming Anxious Thoughts

Dear Friend, In the past, I’d avoid using the copy machine if anyone was near it, because I was afraid of an awkward social interaction. I’d avoid making doctor’s appointments because I was afraid to. I’d get physically ill prior to most social outings, whether it was work or something I’ve been looking forward toContinue reading “Overcoming Anxious Thoughts”