* Podcasts, Articles, Books, & Websites

This page is continually under construction with new articles and my favorite products, books, and quotes. Keep checking back for new content!

May 2023:

With all my focus on dementia, I think about mortality and aging a lot. Here is some interesting reading on extending lifespan versus life expectancy…and let’s talk quality versus quantity, too.

Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) book by Bill Gifford

How Long Is Too Long? UVA Research Could Extend Lifespan – May 2023 research results from the University of Virginia

March 2023:

Let’s Not Be Kidding – Podcast by Canadian comedian Gavin Crawford with a humorous look at his family’s Alzheimer’s journey

Resources for people IN THE SANDWICH, raising kids and caring for an aging parent – 2 Sister Senior Care Advisors website and podcast

Is it Time to Rethink How We Care for Dementia Patients? – NPR’s On Point

A Care Revolution: Inside Canada’s First Dementia Village – Global News Canada

A French Village’s Radical Vision of a Good Life with Alzheimer’s – The New Yorker

My Grandmother Died at Home, Just as She Wanted. It Cost $145,000 – NPR Cognoscenti

February 2022:

Act 2: You’re On!– I am on! My podcast interview from February 24, 2022!

Regan’s Motivated Fitness Building Better Days blog

The Morning: Why We Travel

I’m a Happiness Journalist and Omicron is Crushing Me

Passion, Performance, and the Practice of Groundedness – Purple Patch Podcast with Brad Stulberg


October 2021:

Recognizing the Choices and Gifts in Our Lives (Brene Brown with Dr Edith Eger, Holocaust Survivor and Life Liver!)

Breast Cancer is Still Going Undiagnosed Because of the Pandemic


September 2021: I have updated my Quarantine Resources for Families with a new link: Happy Healthy Kids! Check it out for great old content as well as new content, including links to some awesome (and easy to follow) recipes from How to Cook Recipes and fun travel planning resources like Uncornered Market!


Humans Have a Built In Negative Bias: Freakonomics Radio

That Blah You’re Feeling is Called Languishing: Adam Grant Work Life

Act 2: You’re On!

Breaking the Hero: Victim Narrative in Philanthropy

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Nice White Parents

On The Media


Important reading from Americas Quarterly and a reminder that we are not all in the same boat, though we are in the same storm: Education May Be Latin America’s Most Lasting Scar from COVID 19



March 2020: Resources from Lifted Up By Letting Go:

Is Alzheimer’s Diabetes of the Brain?

UVA Brain Discovery Could Block Aging’s Terrible Toll on the Mind

How Biogen Salvaged Alzheimer’s Drug After a Costly Failure


A recent perspective on WBUR’s Cognoscenti about the southern border, by Boston-based author and teacher Jennifer DeLeon

Migrant Stories from McAllen, Texas


A timely article posted on HuffPost on July 19, 2019, about a new law in NH authorizing free feminine hygiene products in public schools. No girl should have to miss school because she doesn’t have access to feminine hygiene products!!!!

Article: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/new-hampshire-passes-bill-requiring-free-menstrual-products-in-all-public-schools_n_5d31bd0de4b0419fd32bd119

In the Shadow of a Blood Moon


Solutions to migration from Central America start with creating opportunities – a reason, a means, hope – to stay. Here is one solution. Another is education. Real, robust educational opportunities for all. #maiaimpact #braveoverperfect


Nick Kristof has made his way to Guatemala! The focus of this piece is on climate change driving migration…do you know what Project Drawdown says is the top solution to climate change? Combined, it’s girl’s education and family planning. MAIA.


The folks at Sailors Sweet Life are primed to help you live your sweetest life! They offer life coaching and curated survival kits for all of life’s bumpy roads!!! Check them out @ https://sailorssweetlife.com/


Mother, writer, ultramarathoner, brain stem tumor survivor, and friend Susie Caldwell Rinehart’s memoir, Fierce Joy, is a courageous story of living bravely and facing into the storm, taking what life hands to you and transforming yourself against all odds.

And her TEDx talk!



There is a new article about Madagascar’s vanilla crisis, from the Economist’s May 2019 edition:



Another timely bit of news and another perspective on small town living.



How timely that Madagascar is profiled as the country of the week in the NY Times February 25. After reading my blog post, Vanilla, Powerfully Plain, I hope everyone at least gets question number 2 correct!