This little light of mine..

This past New Year’s Eve, a Maryland lawmaker’s 25 year old son committed suicide. His devastated parents put out a press release that included the last sentence from the note that this young man left behind: “Please look after each other, the animals and the global poor for me. All my love, Tommy.’” I’m no…

Hospitality in the age of Covid

My husband and I had carefully picked out and purchased the wines for our tasting. I had ordered little burlap bags to conceal the bottle’s labels and printed out the forms to make notes about each selection. I was so excited.. and then covid. Our wine tasting was the final social event we cancelled on…

Second Hand Stress

Knew it existed.. didn’t know it had an actual name. Second hand stress is the emotional and physical response we experience because of someone else’s stress and anxiety. A test back in 2009 found that exposing people to pheromones in simple stress sweat could trigger the fear center of their brains even when there was…

Heavenly Coincidence

“Is she the woman with the southern drawl?” I asked my friend as we texted back and forth, “the one with diabetes whose glucose monitor beeps every once in a while in class?” “No..” came the next bubble, “that’s not her-that’s Mary*, Faye*’s kinda quiet, a snowbird– she’s doesn’t live here year-round.” “The one with…

Movie Recommendation – The Four Seasons Lodge.

The Four Seasons Lodge (available on Prime) is a precious documentary about a group of Holocaust survivors who travel to the Catskills each summer to spend time together catching up, reminiscing, dancing, singing, playing cards, swimming, drinking and worshipping. Little cottages dot the picturesque property and every year the groundskeeper airs them out in time…