When you tell people you are a writer, they like to share their stories. This is especially true when you are riding in the back of a Lyft, and that is likely because many shared-service drivers are people persons. (As one must be, when picking up strangers all day long.) It’s a perfect storm, with a talker in the front seat and a listener in the backseat. I take Lyft everywhere. This is not sponsored content, it’s just that I lived in New York City for 10 years and I hate driving. When I mov...
When I was a child, my mom had a few singular rules. One was that if someone was singing around the house, you could never tell them to stop, no matter the time of day. Another was that if you were doing something productive or creative, like having an interesting conversation, going for a bike ride or reading, there was no set bedtime. If you were, let’s say, watching TV, it was to bed with you! But there was one rule she was most known for, one that was steadfast, set in stone, immutable: my siblings and I had to take piano lessons until we graduated from high school.
Heather Mourer’s gateway into herbalism was honey. “I had an upper respiratory infection in high school that lasted for months,” she says. “My mom gave me over-the-counter cough medicine — it sent me to the emergency room with a seizure and hallucinations.” Mourer quickly searched for alternative ways to treat her symptoms, and learned honey could alleviate many minor ailments, including coughs. It snowballed from there.
Internal and external benefits abound!
Detroit has been getting national attention lately, and the reviews are good: The New York Times publishes headlines like Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America? and Detroit Was Crumbling. Here’s How It’s Reviving. But as the city acquires a new narrative, the story stays the same for many Detroiters: 39.4 percent of residents are living either at or below the poverty level. Nicole Farmer, owner of LifeLine Business Consulting, knows that story all too well.
There is a painting by an artist named Ron Hicks. It is called “A Stolen Kiss,” and it depicts a couple leaning over a wooden café table, a coffee mug between them, their heads as close together as you can get without touching. It captures that fleeting moment just before a kiss.
More and more research has shown that chronic inflammation within the body has a myriad of negative effects. "Most people look at it as a pretty boring and unsexy topic until they have a serious health problem," says Megan Kober, the dietitian and nutrition coach behind Nutrition Addiction. "But what if I told you inflammation is the reason you're hanging onto those last five to ten pounds? Or that it's the reason your digestion is awful, you're bloated, you can't get out of bed in the morning, or you're exhausted by 2 p.m.? You'd probably perk up a little."
Last year, I moved from New York City to my hometown of Detroit. (Grosse Pointe, actually, a waterfront town 10 minutes outside the city, which you might know from Grosse Pointe Blank or The Virgin Suicides.) The first thing everyone asked me was whether I was, well, bored. In New York, nothing is out of reach: sushi at midnight? Sure. Last-minute Broadway tickets? No prob. A random, Tuesday night at Bemelmans piano bar? Why not? “Showtime!” during the morning subway commute? Just kidding, I ...