Random Thoughts

A Walk in the Woods

Sometimes there’s only one thing that works to bring sanity back into my life, energy back into my soul, and balance back into my body—and that is a walk in the woods. It doesn’t have to be a perfect day or the right season, because it’s not about being entertained or impressed. It’s about finding […]

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Happy Thanksgiving! From Me and
My Fairytale Pumpkin

It was spring, the May plant sale at the Rodale Institute, when I came across a pumpkin called the Fairytale Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata). Of course I had to buy it immediately. I planted it in a bed near my driveway that’s mostly ornamental but had lots of room for pumpkin plants to spread and grow—which […]

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The 10-Million-Dollar Bra

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger In case you need to know exactly what the market will bear when it comes to lingerie, the answer is $2.5 million. You read that correctly. Last year, Victoria’s Secret unveiled a two-and-a-half million-dollar bra. It was, I grant you, a one-of-a-kind, gem-studded masterpiece—a far cry from […]

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7 Steps for Staying Happy Through
the Holidays

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but the holiday season has begun, and just as you have to prepare in advance for a big meal, it’s good to prepare for how to make it through the holidays emotionally. Let’s face it, after New Year’s Day, there are going to be a few long dark […]

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You Are What Your Grandparents Ate

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition At some point, you’ve learned that “you are what you eat.” Consume junk food and your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer skyrockets. Grab an apple instead of a Twinkie, and your body rewards you with a strengthened […]

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Stepping Toward Happiness

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they need to choose life. As Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her new book The Signature of All Things, “she knew that the world was plainly divided into those who fought an unrelenting battle to live, and those who surrendered and died. This was a simple fact.” What’s […]

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The Great Divide

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger Here’s today’s technology quiz, although it’s not measuring exactly what you think.  Ready? Here we go, True or False: Your television has more than one remote control. You have had to ask one of your children to come into the room to turn on the TV. More […]

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The Wind-Up Clock Chronicle

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger On April 17, 1915, my late uncle’s parents, Tony and Anna Sabatino, selected and purchased furniture to fill their home as newlyweds. Their entire order, totaling $202.45, included the following, and I have the handwritten receipt to prove it: 2 tables: $16.50 and $2 1 stand: $5.00 […]

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