Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? There are so many versions of that story with different "lessons" implied. One is that we are comfortable with what we know and not so much with what's unfamiliar. Another is that it might be better to live with less and feel peaceful than to live with extras, yet be fearful. The main thing I got from the story when I was younger was that there is a difference between city and country living and many contributing factors to that. I've
There's a soft rain in Boston while I'm writing this. Having seen so many parts of the country with drought, I can feel how precious this water is. I love simply sitting and listening to the rain drops. They are one of many ways that I can focus on the topic of the quote this week ... "When we consciously breathe, pay attention
to our breath, we settle into the present." I have learned a LOT throughout my life and the lessons keep coming. I believe there was a time in my lif
A happy and healthy hello! How are you feeling today? I'm feeling frisky with the ups and downs of New England summer weather. We've been back and forth between the mid to high 50's and into the 90's some days. I love being outside in the city. The area of Boston where I live has wonderful neighborhoods with beautiful gardens, hills, ponds, parks, and green paths for casual or serious walks and hikes. I'm so grateful to be able to keep moving my body. Which reminds me of a qu
A hot and sunny hello from Boston, Massachusetts. When I arrived 10 days ago it was in the mid 40 degrees range and since then, the temperature has climbed nearly 50 degrees (Farenheit). New England is welcoming me back with its fickle weather and I am loving it. This got me thinking about having spent the last 9 months "somewhere else" and primarily on the west coast and how I can slip into comparing other parts of the country to home. Sometimes I'll make note of something t
Do you think about the food you eat or do you pretty much choose what you like? Have you ever eaten something and not felt very good or had indigestion after? Or have you overeaten and felt really uncomfortable for a few hours? It's pretty easy to make that kind of a connection between food and your discomfort, but what about other Happy ailments? Here are a few other complaints or conditions that could easily be blamed on eating too much or, more importantly, the "wrong" thi
About the Author
Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN, is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support.