Happiness Is A Symphony

"The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it." —Anton Chekhov I am sitting in a cafe, eating a warm baguette with salty butter.  My body is satisfyingly sore from a morning run.  My breath is slow and soft.  My mind is puzzling over the complex concept of happiness, tangled in philosophy and... Continue Reading →

We Need Each Other

“A human being is part of a whole called by us universe.” — Albert Einstein This week I finally put into words what I’ve been learning and thinking about connection, community, and loneliness since I left the familiarity of my world in New York and unexpectedly began to build a new life and a new... Continue Reading →

How To Touch Your Toes

Do the thing you think you cannot do.  — Eleanor Roosevelt This week I have been immersed in yoga teacher training, diving into the history, philosophy, and science behind why moving around in a room with other people can make us feel so good.  That’s where I learned about the muscle spindle stretch receptor, which can... Continue Reading →

Running = Living

I run, therefore I am. — Hal Higdon In October 2017, I ran the Amsterdam marathon in 3:27:24, a personal best and Boston-qualifying time.  I had gotten a total of eight hours of sleep in the three days leading up to the race.  I almost missed my flight from Paris to Amsterdam because I could barely... Continue Reading →

We Say “Loaves” and “Oafs”

There are ten parts of speech and they are all troublesome. — Mark Twain I am a stickler for a consistency, notoriously never permitting my team to submit a legal brief without making sure that every use of ellipses is proper: “word … word” — not “word… word” or “word . . . word.”  So it... Continue Reading →

The Irish Are Spanish

A people without knowledge of their past origin, history, and culture, is like a tree without roots. — Marcus Garvey This week I learned that there is such a thing as a Strawberry Tree. It certainly deserves its name, even if it (sadly) doesn’t actually produce strawberries.  A dense, bushy tree reaching up to 40... Continue Reading →

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