01/14/18 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Maggie Davis leading a fitness class in the park.

COURTESY PHOTO | Maggie Davis leading a fitness class.

Many of us start the New Year with the best of intentions but find it difficult to maintain our resolve. Everyone struggles with temptation and procrastination. These are not individual weaknesses or personal inadequacies. Just as we can lift weights and make our muscles stronger, we can strengthen the brain and become better decision makers. Taking willpower out of the moral domain and putting it in the scientific domain is empowering. (more…)

10/21/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Raking season is here. Make sure you're doing it safely.

COURTESY PHOTO | Raking season is here. Make sure you’re doing it safely.

We are finally getting some fall weather on this island. And with the season comes the usual leaf raking and yard cleanup that everyone does. I remember when I was young, the fall air was always filled with the odor of burning leaves — a comforting scent. Neighbors would burn them in small piles outside their homes. It’s pretty much illegal to burn leaves now. (more…)

09/29/17 12:00pm
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO | It’s about thyme — the author’s herbal book, a photo of her mother’s garden and a bunch of the real thing.

There is as an old photograph of my mother’s garden that I keep tucked away in one of my favorite old herbals. I enjoy stumbling upon it from time to time. It is a window into one of my favorite childhood memories. Sisters running with hair in braids, matching clothes, chasing each other between rows of cucumbers, towers of tomatoes and beds of string beans.   (more…)

01/29/17 3:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Come on, Leo, you're getting blessed.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO

You may recall that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to walk every day. Well I have been doing that except when we had our snowfall — but I did get exercise shoveling.

Most of my walks have been fun because I have had company for them — a little black pooch named “Bear.” (more…)