1920s Women smoking on a train

“On Gram”

A poem for Florence

Florence Fowler (b.1907-d.1988) In her last years, she had arthritis and spent every day shuffling around the kitchen, taking breaks as she was determined to make a delicious meal for her grandsons who lived on the floors above her. She didn’t complain about her arthritis and found enjoyment in nourishing her grandsons. Florence was a pathmaker and leader as the first woman manager in the offices of the A&P grocery… Read More »

Buddha statues photo credit Jed Adan CC0

Beyond spirituality

The role of meditation in mental health

Long-term meditators have larger sections of the brain responsible for regulating emotion. Tezatrataz/Phra Ajan Jerapunyo Abbot of Watkungtaphao Meditation has traditionally been associated with Eastern mysticism but science is beginning to show that cultivating a “heightened” state of consciousness can have a major impact on our brain, the way our bodies function and our levels of resilience. Clinicians are increasingly looking for effective, preventative, non-pharmacological options to treat mental illness.… Read More »