Category: Social Distancing: Coronavirus

Moving Into the Unknown

“The Big Chill” was my anthem in my early twenties. The movie about the coming of age of a bunch of college graduates struck a nerve in my own navigation of becoming a woman and a wife. I watched it over and over again.… Continue Reading “Moving Into the Unknown”

The Joy of Naked Simplicity

How many Christmas seasons have been way too busy? How many have cost more than expected because I felt I had to travel? How many nights did I have way too many parties to attend than I had hours in the evening? How many… Continue Reading “The Joy of Naked Simplicity”

I Sneaked Out! #Chicago

I’ve had my fill of chai tea. I’ve had my fill of reading. I’ve had my fill of muesli, baked apples and avocado toast. I’ve had my fill of looking out my front window and seeing my neighbor’s front porch. I’ve even had my… Continue Reading “I Sneaked Out! #Chicago”

A Magical Bog: Cowles’ Bog Trail

I was reminded by a friend this week about the Cowle’s Bog Trail in the Indiana Dunes National Park. I hiked this trail many years ago with my brother. He’s a wetland biologist, and when he came to visit, this was on his list… Continue Reading “A Magical Bog: Cowles’ Bog Trail”

Stollen My Heart: Christmas Stollen

When I was in my thirties, I was an avid bread baker. I bought all of the tools and became a King Arthur Flour groupie. I subscribed to their quarterly publication, The Baking Sheet. I anxiously waited for every issue to hit my mailbox.… Continue Reading “Stollen My Heart: Christmas Stollen”

The Beginning of the Beginning

Britain started vaccinating yesterday. The NYT Daily calls it the “beginning of the end”. What does that mean for us? So many seem to think we’ll be going back to normal soon. I’m not sure I even remember what “normal” looked like. I cringe… Continue Reading “The Beginning of the Beginning”

My Messiness

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude this week. I’m working with a coach, and I set a goal this week to start working through my writer’s block. In some ways the logjam has been a gift as I mentally and emotionally work through… Continue Reading “My Messiness”

Nature’s Gift

The COVID-19 positivity rate in my county is over 20%. This feels alarming. The goal is 5%, and Thanksgiving is next week. I am grateful to have information to help me make decisions about what I want to do. This morning Ashok and I… Continue Reading “Nature’s Gift”

Lessons From the Trail: Shifting Focus

A girlfriend of mine and I camped in the backcountry of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last week. It was a lovely little campground in the middle of a white pine forest. About 1/4 mile away was an unspoiled Lake Michigan beach. When we… Continue Reading “Lessons From the Trail: Shifting Focus”

Covid Camping in Northern Michigan

I’ve been patiently waiting for my first adventure in my re-imagining phase. I didn’t really camp much last year so I was a little rusty putting everything together, and, of course, traveling anywhere during this time is not particularly wise. But I decided to… Continue Reading “Covid Camping in Northern Michigan”

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