How a Box with a Panda Helped Me Reach a New Realization

My patients were right: getting old ain’t for sissies I found myself wandering the beauty and self-care aisles of a random TJ Maxx recently. I spotted something I hadn’t seen before: hydrogel eye patches. I was intrigued.  There wasn’t just one choice, but several, and one stood out to me. A pink box with aContinue reading “How a Box with a Panda Helped Me Reach a New Realization”

Ten Things I Loved about Thanksgiving Week

This holiday has always been special for my family. My husband’s family has been taking this particular week for vacation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for almost 40 years. My husband even proposed to me on Thanksgiving eve 24 years ago. This year, however, the tradition was almost broken. First, we weren’t goingContinue reading “Ten Things I Loved about Thanksgiving Week”

The West Wing Fantasy

I made it home from vacation, made a rudimentary attempt to put things away and begin to get my house in order again, and settled down to relax a bit. I haven’t watched TV all week and decided to turn it on. Scrolling through the channels on the guide, I stopped when I saw thatContinue reading “The West Wing Fantasy”

The Non-Compliant Patient

More of a misnomer than a fact I’ve been a healthcare provider for over 23 years. As a physical therapist, I get to spend more time with my patients than most medical professionals, and I’ve learned a few things about the description of “non-compliant patient.” I’ve spent the majority of my career practicing in aContinue reading “The Non-Compliant Patient”

South Beach: Vegan Restaurant Review

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is not a place that is super vegan-friendly, surprisingly. But you can manage to find a few places on the island which serve vegan eats! One of these places is South Beach, located around milepost 13.5 between the bypass road and the beach road in the Surfside Plaza shoppingContinue reading “South Beach: Vegan Restaurant Review”

Marathons and Dinosaurs and College Trips, oh, my!

Richmond Marathon Weekend 2022 This isn’t a race recap, exactly. I didn’t race this weekend. I was simply there to support everyone who was!  I woke up Sunday feeling sore from hours of walking, running, and standing. My throat hurts a bit from yelling all day. I’m sunburned from spending a couple of hours onContinue reading “Marathons and Dinosaurs and College Trips, oh, my!”

Pizza and Beer of Richmond (Hanover): Vegan Restaurant Review

After a long day of work for me on a Saturday, and with nothing to cook that made the omnivores in my life happy, we decided to venture out for dinner. My daughter had a craving for Mexican food, but I had another idea. I’d heard from vegan and non-vegan friends that PBR Richmond isContinue reading “Pizza and Beer of Richmond (Hanover): Vegan Restaurant Review”

I Ran an Ultra Marathon, but I’m not sure I’m an Ultra Runner

The Conundrum of Facing the Ultra Challenge Again Reflecting on my running journey, the ultra was a test I promised I’d never endure.  “I’m not that crazy!” is what I told myself, my husband, and all of my friends. Of course, I also said that about running a marathon, but I was crazy enough toContinue reading “I Ran an Ultra Marathon, but I’m not sure I’m an Ultra Runner”

Devil’s Lettuce: Vegan Restaurant Review

How exciting that the far West End of Richmond has a new all-vegan restaurant! If you read my earlier review of Hurley’s Tavern, this is the vegan comfort food kitchen they built in front of Hurley’s dining room.  The brainchild of chef Janice Rossano, pictured with me above, she’s been envisioning a space like thisContinue reading “Devil’s Lettuce: Vegan Restaurant Review”