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For the past year, New York City residents, and especially residents of uptown Manhattan, have been captivated by sightings of Flaco, a Eurasian eagle-owl who was at one point held in the Central Park Zoo. In February of 2023, Flaco’s mesh enclosure was slashed, and he escaped into the urban wild. New Yorkers began immediately to spot Flaco, who was known for his bright orange eyes, around town. For nearly twelve months, Flaco found apartment building courtyards to sleep in by day. At…

I’ve mentioned a few times now that it’s taken me a while to get my place set up. But I haven’t elaborated on what that means. It means that I just finally got a TV a few days ago, which is what made me think to write this post today. There are still some unpacked boxes in corners, and I haven’t hung a single thing on a wall. I’m probably 70% of the way toward figuring out kitchen storage, but I’m not there…

This week, a close friend told me about the value she’s found in positive affirmations. She said that they’ve helped to keep her hopeful when she was close to giving up on something that mattered to her. It’s been a while since I practiced affirmations regularly, and I could use some extra hopefulness these days. I told my friend I was going to try working with affirmations this week. “Maybe I’ll try them in front of the mirror,” I said. That’s a thing,…

Another week, and I’m finally getting the swing of things here. The apartment is looking good, and I’m catching up on my nutrition counseling and signing on a lot of new clients, and life is falling into place. Moving week eats aside, I can’t wait to share a little more food here on CR. So, that’s coming soon. In the meantime, you can savor food from some of my foodie friends. Heaven in a mason jar: Allyson’s roasted strawberry and vanilla almond parfaits….

Shortly after the new year began, Elizabeth Gilbert tweeted something that stuck with me: “There are only 2 two ways to have a peaceful conscience: Never do anything wrong or learn self-forgiveness (Pro tip: first way’s impossible)” I love the this quote because it exposes perfectionism for what it really is: an exercise in futility. Of course none of us never does anything wrong. To avoid mistakes is impossible, and yet so many of us would rather try than take the path of self-forgiveness….

There’s this chocolate cake recipe I’ve been working on for the better part of two years. The recipe is intended for the cookbook I’m still working to complete, though I was playing around with versions of it even before the book became a reality. Like most cakes, it has required a lot of tinkering, but I’ve probably iterated it more than any other baking project that I can remember. At one point this past summer, after tasting maybe eight or nine versions, my…

There’s a quote from Rumi that I encounter often: Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. I could feel myself resisting this quote the first few times I read it. I got irritated by the suggestion that, if one doesn’t have or feel love, it’s somehow the result of a lack of openness or willingness. With time, I’ve come to appreciate the words and their…

Each Sunday, I publish a post that includes personal musings and articles on medicine, science, and the human experience. These are reminders that health and wellness extend far beyond what's on our plates.