September is the New January

Originally posted on Crickets and Cardigans:
January has long been noted as the logical time to make profound and meaningful resolutions — to snack less and walk more, to quit being lazy and start being a better person. January also falls during a holiday season, it is the coldest and darkest part of the year, and it is mere weeks away from my birthday making… Continue reading September is the New January

A musher’s view of the pandemic

Beautiful, thought-provoking piece. Blair Braverman writes: “What this means for people, for us, is that we can’t just plan to take care of ourselves later. We shouldn’t expect to catch up on sleep when we really crash, or to reach out to loved ones after we’re struck by loneliness. We should ask for support before we need it. We should support others before they ask. … Continue reading A musher’s view of the pandemic

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When life gives you green tomatoes …

Let me preface this by saying we’re a bit excitable around here. That’s why a couple of days ago, when my phone’s weather app showed raindrops, my first thought was about the garden — specifically the tomatoes. This year’s tomato plants had long since overtaken their brightly colored cages, mounting an apparent rebellion while we were in Minnesota for a family vacation and book tour. … Continue reading When life gives you green tomatoes …


I love reading (if not using) health tips, and last week’s newsletter from  from Yoga Download brought me something I could implement with ease: a hot lemon water drink in the morning. The lovely ladies promoting this habit suggest it will make skin glow, keep colds at bay and bring an energy boost, among other things. What could be better? They write: “This has become a meditative morning ritual for us, and as we … Continue reading Lemon-aid

Adventure writing for the rest of us

When I spent a year or so as an Outside magazine subscriber, the most striking thing I learned was that I was not a member of its target demographic. For those who haven’t seen this mag, I’ll tell you that the cover generally features an uber-fit young guy doing something, well, active. (Outside’s tagline is “Live the Active Life,” after all.) One cover features a fully dressed guy under water, ostensibly … Continue reading Adventure writing for the rest of us