Does Where You Live Affect How Well You Live?

How does the community you live in impact your wellness?Where I live, a lot of people, myself included, live in a kind of semi-rural setting: large wooded lots, houses on a couple of acres or much more, spread far apart with woods and fields, and country roads in between them. It’s beautiful and peaceful - this setting definitely contributes to my sense of wellness on a daily basis....more

In the Muck: Volunteering Adventures with my Teenage Son

Like many parents, I’m often on the lookout for opportunities to volunteer with my kids.  I try to find things that are going to be somewhat fun, so that even if they are not hugely engaged with the cause itself they’ll have a positive experience....more
I love that you're getting him involved at this age. I go rounds with my teens (15 & 13) about ...more

Shake it Up

Last month, I suited up in a shiny (literally) new lycra ensemble and headed to the gym for the first time in ten years or so. I hung out at gyms a lot in my twenties and early thirties. Then, when my kids got too old for the childcare room (world’s most awesome lifesaver for moms) I gave up my membership. Said goodbye to the distinctive mustysweaty smell, the creak of weight machines, the chirpy fitness instructors, the cadre of big guys in the corner doing free weights. Frankly I had just become a little tired of the whole routine....more