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HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES? Posted on Sep 19

HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?

This is a rough time of year for someone like me, as I try desperately to hold onto summer for as long as possible. I bristle at each and every reference to Labor Day, which now apparently serves as the bellwether of summer’s demise (it   …Continue Reading HOW ‘BOUT THEM APPLES?

Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me Posted on Sep 10

Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me

I don’t love working out. Physical activity is not something I crave, it’s something I have to make myself do. It’s always been a struggle for me to keep active, but throughout my life I’ve found things that worked for me: high school sports, going   …Continue Reading Why Stroller Rides Aren’t for Me

Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables Posted on May 14

Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” – Thoreau There’s something satisfying about digging in the cool earth and getting your hands dirty. Feeling the soil, tending to plants, and   …Continue Reading Gardening Grows More Than Vegetables

Pear-Apple Crisp Recipe (sugar-free*) Posted on Dec 13

Pear-Apple Crisp Recipe (sugar-free*)

Pear apple crisp recipe – a healthy dessert.

Taking the Longfellow Way Posted on Oct 8

Taking the Longfellow Way

As I go to check off the box, marked “Other,” to register my car-less commute for Walk/Ride Day, I look wistfully at the options listed there. Walking? Not a bad idea, but that might take too long. Rollerblading—sigh, won’t that impress friends and colleagues? Canoeing,   …Continue Reading Taking the Longfellow Way

The Greenway Posted on Sep 18

The Greenway

With apologies to Kermit the Frog, it is easy being green — or easier than it used to be, anyway. And a great way to be green in the Boston area is to take a ride, run, or stroll on the Neponset River Greenway Corridor. I’m   …Continue Reading The Greenway

Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance Posted on Jul 31

Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance

Do you ever notice how your energy changes when you’re surrounded by nature? We’re meant to be outdoors. So when life’s daily stressors – be it people, work, hectic city living, or any number of other things – deplete our energy, we should head outside.   …Continue Reading Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance

Greens Beat the Blues Posted on Jun 18

Greens Beat the Blues

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Do you ever notice how your energy feels different when you're surrounded by nature versus concrete, or an office with no plant life? Plants are alive and literally breathe life into   …Continue Reading Greens Beat the Blues