Culture | Fitness | Personal Growth | Philosophy | Seasons

Slow Down

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” – Thich Nhat Hanh Some of us have a tendency to rush through things. Eat too fast, drink too heartily, blunder through introductions, breeze through chapters and rush from…

Exercise | Fitness | Habits | Health | Seasons

Swimming Season

New Hampshire has a short swimming season. This is the toll we pay up here in the north country. Since I’m not one to pay for a membership at a gym just to swim laps, every year around this time my body gets reacquainted with the aches and pains unique to swimming. Body parts pushing…

Garden and Home | Poetry | Seasons | Travel

Roses Rise

and out of the silent dirtthe blood-red roses rise.– Mary Oliver, Both Worlds The tea roses bloom in abundance in June, and reward you with blooms in bursts of fragrant joy the rest of the season. This is the time when rose petals pile up like seaweed at the edge of the surf, for the…