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Living with Friluftsliv

"When we walk into a grove of trees or under an open sky, the magic of nature takes over and the heaviness of life lifts just a little"Natassja Cassinerio Being comfortable...being at peace takes practice and a special combination of elements for each person. For some, this may include the breath of a mountain top … Continue reading Living with Friluftsliv

My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

Part three and Ada Boni is still beating me. This was my first time making Zuppa Inglese. Sticking to my original challenge, I knew nothing about the recipe prior to making it. I had no idea what it typically looks or tastes like. At one point while baking I shouted out loud "ooooooh I'm making … Continue reading My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)

My Favorite Anthology

"And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see: or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read."Alice Walker February is Black History Month. This is a month dedicated to celebrating black excellence! Many bloggers, … Continue reading My Favorite Anthology

Preparing for Polar Bear Weather

Getting outside consistently has proven to be healthy and can aid in feelings of renewal. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to still feel passionate or even enjoy getting outside when it's colder than the tush of a polar bear sitting on a glacier. Nevertheless, getting outside, even at a minimum of 2 hours a week, … Continue reading Preparing for Polar Bear Weather

Crafting, COVID-19, and Mental Health

I originally wrote this article for Arts Help. You can find the original publication HERE. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to raise new challenges, triggering anxiety, stress, and isolation. Societies have adapted to restrictions, creating a new normal; however, many of these creative solutions will not be available as winter arrives, and cold weather prevents outside … Continue reading Crafting, COVID-19, and Mental Health

Beginning Again

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”Eleanor Roosevelt For almost a year, we have all experienced the few highs and often lows of living in a pandemic. I began Discover with Deanna in September 2020 as a form of coping for myself. There is no doubt I absolutely have had a privileged … Continue reading Beginning Again

How to Plan a Road Trip on a Budget (Part 1)

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” JRR Tolkein A few years ago, I went on the trip of a lifetime with two of my best friends. We did a camping road trip throughout the New England area and hiked Mt. Washington. Read more about it by clicking here. When planning the trip, we knew we … Continue reading How to Plan a Road Trip on a Budget (Part 1)

Autumn Morning on the Maryland A.T.

This autumn, I went on a lovely hike in the Appalachian mountains of Western Maryland with my best friend Jenna. Mindful of how busy the A.T. can be during the Maryland leaf peak, we hit the trail early in the morning. I left my house at 6:30am...I was ready in less than 15 minutes from … Continue reading Autumn Morning on the Maryland A.T.

The Giver of Stars

Powerful, historical, and intentional. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a novel that made me gasp, cry, and feel hopeful. Published in 2019, the historical fiction novel is one everyone should read. Outstanding examples of feminism, heartwarming character development, and meticulous intentionality behind every word written are just three reasons why "The Giver … Continue reading The Giver of Stars