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I’m A Once-a-Week Runner, And I’m Good With It.

By |November 18th, 2019|exercise, family, friendship, happiness, health, healthy living, priorities, running|

Inc. Magazine this week published a story stating that if you set aside one time a week to go for a run… your body will respond to it as if you run every day. When I read that article, I chirped, "that's me!"

I’ve Got Gratitude (almost) All Wrong

By |October 27th, 2019|family, friendship, healthy living, kindness|

Gratitude. It is the trendy word and emoji of this decade. Thank you, Oprah, for at least pushing it to the forefront of our radars. Too bad it has been hijacked as a smokescreen which from behind we can do “the easy stuff.” I played along with the gratitude game. It took separating from my husband and putting our daughter first-an-foremost for me to realize...

5 Proofs that Mushrooms Are Valuable

By |October 12th, 2019|bolets, cooking, friendship, healthy living, mushrooms|

For two years, I have watched with admiration the chefs who arrive early to the Saturday outdoor market and expertly secure Pyrenees mountains bolets. They will present them that night at their restaurants as “not on the menu, but…“ delicacies. This morning I woke up one hour early to arrive at the Saturday market before the chefs. I hoped to find

From Elephant Ears to the Wings of Angels

By |October 9th, 2019|kindness, self-worth|

Last night at my favorite bar, I watched as my friend tenderly extricated a gnat who had taken up swimming in her red wine. The disparate group of friends at our table was sharing a bottle of “vi negre“ produced by a well-respected local vineyard here in Catalonia. The wine is distinctive, yet not expensive, and it is considered the “house wine” of

Rock, Paper, & No Scissors.

By |July 24th, 2019|healthy living, kindness, marriage, self-worth|

This morning seemed to be another “Invisibility Cloak” day. We all have these moments, when people don’t notice us - by mistake, by design, or by our own silent acceptance of not being seen. When it is by mistake, it is usually because someone’s thoughts are overwhelmed or are consumed by

How To Trim Your Grocery Costs. We Shouldn’t Have To Move.

By |July 8th, 2019|cost of living, european shopping, healthy living|

For my friends in the U.S., are you going to the grocery store today or tomorrow? Please consider taking photos of your grocery receipt and post it in the comments. Blackout anything that would be too intrusive 🙂 And if there are any of you who would like to do a bit of long-distance price comparison, should you walk by the following items, will you note the cost of each and a grand total of: Fresh Butter Bottled Fizzy Water Red Bell Pepper 3 cans of tuna 1 onion Package of mushrooms Gluten-Free Bread Shredded cheese Then return here and comment with the total and what sales tax would be. This morning I spent 14,41 euros ($16.18) for the items [...]

What Does Independence Feel Like To You?

By |July 1st, 2019|bicycles, independence, marriage|

If you think this is a political post... it's not. But keep reading, because on this July week celebrating Independence Day in the United States, AND Canada Day in well - you know - Canada, AND let's not forget Bastille Day is mid-month in France, the topic of independence is on my mind. Independence is a virtue that too often gets wrapped up in the waving of a flag or the showing of colors. Sometimes its investing in tattoos and nose rings, or sneaking out in apparel that your mom really wishes you wouldn't wear (your mom is right - you just don't know it yet). If a human must shout about PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE, are they really that independent? I [...]