How can we blend our bodies, hearts, and minds into building a life that lifts our spirits, soothes negative emotions, and improves physical health? Today, as I am homebound in this coastal blizzard that is fiercely striking at my windows […]

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House Rules
10.05.16

“Honoring daily life” is one of the eight guiding principles that Deborah Burke, the newly appointed dean of the Yale School of Architecture, uses when creating homes where people feel their hearts can dwell with ease. I recently went to […]

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The classic Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, begins with shedding light on the concept of this childlike attitude: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the experts mind there are few”. According to this Zen Buddhist principal, anything can […]

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SPIRITUAL GANGSTER: those were the two words spelled out in white on letters on the black hoodie worn by our yoga teacher as she walked into the room. I did not know that this was the name of a new […]

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Spring is five weeks away. Here are six ways to jump-start the body, mind, and spirit: 1. Move: If you dislike doing exercise on your own, sample a yoga class, take a dance class or join a hiking/walking group. 2. […]

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As many of my readers know, I have been working on a memoir for a while. I wanted to share with you a snippet of the first chapter. The following is the beginning of my circuitous and revelatory route toward […]

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When someone is 91, has no arthritis and laughs easily, we naturally want to know more about how they rode through almost a century of life and be healthier than many who are a lot younger. A good diet and […]

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Nature's Aromatherapy: Honeysuckle

I have not studied aromatherapy, but I raised my son on a farm surrounded by acres of fresh earth that produce profound and changing aromas throughout the year. Like those who do study aromatherapy, I believe that these scents can […]

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This is what I remember about posing in the Oscar de la Renta dress shown here: The garment was brilliant—the softest black velvet combined ingeniously with shimmering gold fabric. I was not sure how to pose, to do that exquisite […]

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I am in Paris. The City of Love. The city with the best bread, coffee and chocolate in the world. I lived here when I graduated from college, rather than pursuing my intention to become a doctor. Instead, I crimped […]

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Charles Chu, master calligrapher, painter and professor, explained to the crowd at the Yale School of Art the ‘secret’ of how to make one’s, art, work and life compelling: “You learn the Law and then you break it, according to […]

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I am back in the park, exercising. I have added small weights to my qigong workout because weight-bearing enhances the health of bones. During a hike three weeks ago, I witnessed my father, who is four months shy of 90, […]

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