Photo taken by Janet Cobb

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When the sun shines, I wake up early, filled with energy and enthusiasm for all the day will bring…


Photo by Janet Cobb — AUTHOR

Last week a story I read (see links below) invited readers to share some of their favorite cool-weather recipes. And since I thoroughly enjoy cooking — and have taught vegetarian cooking in the past, I thought I’d share some tried and true favorites.

I love them because they’re quick, easy…


Image by John Hain from Pixabay

I fell in love with the Chinese language in my twenties, when I arrived in Hong Kong en route to Taiwan and was given a name meant to encompass my personality and character: Peaceful 安 (Ᾱn), Content 欣 (Xīn), and Joy 怡 (Yí).

The fact that my name matched my…


Taken by me — near Rye, New Hampshire

This morning I read Marilyn Flower’s wonderful post about Autumn being a time to appreciate while letting go:

As a minimalist at heart, I’m habitually purging and releasing things. But sometimes I hold on tightly to beliefs and perspectives that hinder my appreciation for the gifts of seasons and moments.


Photo taken by Taylor Jovanovic

Hello, Boomerangs!

I’m Janet Mary Cobb — Jan of many trades, master of few… professionally, I’ve lived a few lives with overlapping years; cook, teacher, librarian, communications manager, fundraiser, school administrator consultant, and coach.

My mission statement; act justly, love mercy, walk humbly, do good, always seek to do the…


Photo credits: Head: Andrea Piacquadio; Shoulders: Brett Sayles; Knees: Kindel Media; Toes: cottonbro, all pictures from Pexels

KNEES and Toes…

I’ll venture to guess that if you were raised in America, you remember the childhood song “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and gently touching the various body parts as we sang the words. …


Some of my fondest childhood memories involve swimming. The daycare taking us all to Muir beach. A car full of neighborhood kids headed to the big public pool a few towns over. Daily swimming lessons with neighborhood friends in the summers. Slowly climbing the “big diving board,” staring down at…


For several years now, I’ve engaged (on and off) in the blogging world with mid-lifers and retirees — many of whom tout the spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits of establishing habits and practices. …


A few days ago, a memory of a 2015 Facebook post popped up on my timeline — and unlike many other memories that I ignore — I took a look at this one and decided to share. The topic was “The Front Porch.”

holistic living; diversity & inclusion; parenting; cooking; women; midlife; challenging the status quo — author, editor

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