S is for “Step Back”

S is for Spirituality; S is for Silence; S is for "So Long" for a while, until we meet again.

In my quest to “Live Well, despite Everything,” I shall soon say “So Long to you my friends, until we meet again.” Walt Whitman said it better: Dear friend, whoever you are, take this kiss, I give it especially to … Continue reading

Great Cheap Eats at Ben’s Chili Dogs in Newport, Rhode Island

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My favorite way to be wowed is unexpectedly. I so much did not expect to love Ben’s Chili Dogs in Newport. How we found Ben’s Chili Dogs: Recently my dear chef-husband was kind enough to accompany me to Sachuest Point National Wildlife … Continue reading

R is for Relate

photo by Marlene Cornelius. Used with permission. Please click on the picture to visit Marlene's lovely blog.

This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can we live well, despite problems?  Relate. It’s difficult to be miserable about my own problems when I am able to wholeheartedly notice, connect … Continue reading

A New Year’s Resolution: Let Q be for Quiet

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This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can we live well, despite problems? It’s been a hectic season. So now, let’s hush…. get quiet. I want to be at peace. I want my … Continue reading

Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals by Sarah Copeland, a review

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  Sarah Copeland’s cook book, Feast: Generous Vegetarian Meals for any eater and every appetite is definitely for the Granola set. The French-Canadian slang expression, “Elle est une granola” translates to “she’s a health-food nut or a hippie-type person.”  I’m a granola … Continue reading

O is for Order

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This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question–How can we live well, despite problems?  By getting our lives in order!  Disorder is a muddle. Havoc. A confusing, chaotic mess. A shambles. High … Continue reading

West’s Bakery in Hope Valley, Rhode Island is the Best

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I’m talking about West’s Bakery in the village of Hope Valley in the town of Hopkington in the county of Washington in the state of Rhode Island, which is a confusing place when it comes to place names. (click here to read my … Continue reading

French Roots, by Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé, inspires gracious hospitality

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French Roots: Two cooks, two countries & the beautiful food along the way (list price $35 U.S. / $41.00 CAN) is a book (of cooking essays and recipes) that works like a time-traveling magic carpet to transport me between the San … Continue reading