Embracing the Dark

Night falls quicker. The days are shorter. I rush to get everything done before dark because I hate to go out in the evening. This is autumn and every year I know it will send me down a dark hole of lethargy, pessimism, and the blues. I hate the darkness (and...

Solving the Puzzle’s Puzzle

I finished this puzzle, but for weeks I didn’t think I would. It sat on my dining room table with just its outline and a few areas filled in. Several times, I was ready to break it apart, stuff it back in its box, and forget about it. I guess I’m just no...

Judge the Book Cover

I have no idea why the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” has stuck around so long. Clearly, that’s exactly what we all do initially. Okay, as a metaphor, you should not similarly judge a person by their outward appearance…but as...

READY, MindSET, GO!

Don’t believe everything people tell you is an old adage. But we often do, don’t we? Especially during the young, impressionable years or when we feel particularly vulnerable. If people tell us something about ourselves then, it often sticks. For a lifetime. When I...

Back Pain: Is Permanent Relief Possible?

I’ve always congratulated myself for having avoiding back problems like those suffered by many of my co-workers and friends. I was especially smug, considering the abuse I had put my poor back through getting thrown from horses over the years. No, not a gentle...

Climate Change and Weather

The weather has been so capricious this year, especially here in the mid-Atlantic. The winter was extremely cold and more snowy than usual, followed by a cool and very rainy spring. At that time, I delighted in the lush green of the pastures and how I no longer was...

Foxhunting or Foxchasing?

Last week I was invited to attend a “meet and greet” with a local foxhunting club to learn about the sport and ostensibly to entice new members to join. I made it clear at the outset that I had neither the appropriate hunting horse nor the riding skills at...

Does Acupuncture Work?

Recently my mare underwent a consultation with a trained veterinarian who now specializes in chiropractic treatment and acupuncture. The mare sustained a neck injury as a weanling and recently exhibited some behaviors which made me suspicious she was experiencing...

A Table in the Kitchen?

I recently had the most unique dining experience I’ve ever had in a restaurant–I was seated in the kitchen! A wonderful upscale Italian restaurant near us has adopted the bold move of offering a “Chef’s Table” which essentially is a table...