By Dani Shapiro An excerpt from Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Michelangelo saw a statue in every block of marble, “shaped and perfect in attitude and action”—an angel waiting to be released. The woodworker George Nakashima believed that when a true craftsman brought out the grain that had been imprisoned […]
Any quiet moment is an opportunity to pause. Take this mindful moment to breathe, notice how you feel, and set your intention for the day. As we inhale and exhale into this moment, set your intention for this connection, self-care, and inquiry.
by Tresca Weinstein We all know that regular exercise is good for your body—turns out it’s good for your brain, too. A recent study compared the creative thinking ability of participants who had just exercised with a control group who hadn’t, and found that those who’d worked out came up with more possible solutions to […]
Buckwheat, a plant native to Siberia and related to rhubarb, is an exceptional source of magnesium, the antioxidant rutin, and the phytonutrient chiro inositol, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels. As for cardamom, a study confirmed its ability to aid digestion and lower blood pressure. Enjoy! Makes one loaf. ¼ cup buckwheat flour 1¼ cup […]
By Lara Tupper “Don’t be too timid or squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was 39 when he wrote this. I’m 40, pursuing a post-graduate semester in writing at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. His words are my […]
By Sarajean Rudman ‘Tis the season … for sneezin’! As plants start to bud and flowers to pollinate, and we throw open our windows for spring cleaning, we find ourselves confronted with seemingly benign substances floating through the air, spelling discomfort for those of us who suffer from allergies. What exactly are allergies? Why do […]
by Bess Hochstein At tax time, I go through my records (basically a box of receipts), and pull one out and set it aside. It’s a receipt for yoga classes and, thanks to my forward-thinking health insurance plan, I get reimbursed for the cost. That’s a relatively new-to-me benefit. Gym memberships have commonly been reimbursable […]