There are very few signs of spring to celebrate right now, but one might be the beautiful new April issue of Zoomer magazine. Flip to page 32 to read a couple of short pieces I’ve written about the joy of hot peppers, and sex after joint surgery. On page 40, you’ll find my story about the bright side of guilty indulgences – did you know that chocolate helps your memory, and coffee cheers you up? (When a dear friend in her late 70s read this article, she called me up: “I just wanted to tell you that I’m going to start smoking pot now for my diabetes!”) Oh, and you can enjoy my little head shot and bio on this issue’s Contributors page (p. 8).
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a gadzillion-dollar house? Check out my real estate story on luxury living in the new March issue of Zoomer magazine, now on newsstands. Turns out these high-end homeowners aren’t so different from the rest of us; they know that a having a gathering place for friends and family is more important than an indoor theatre or spa bathroom (although those are nice, too). I guess home is where the heart is, after all.
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. If you’re a parent, you might be looking for some tips for celebrating this special occasion with your child – without getting them hopped up on sugar or buried in more teddy bears. My practical-minded but fun Valentine’s Day poem in the February issue of Reader’s Digest will give you a few takeaway ideas!
Should ancient competitive games be kept in the Olympics, or should they make way for newfangled sports? That’s the question I explore in my article “Out with the Old?”, in the new January/February edition of OWL magazine. Although wrestling has been in the Olympics since forever, it was recently booted out of the 2020 summer games. So what’s more important, hanging onto tradition or attracting a younger audience? Maybe both – after all, once the international wrestling federation updated a few rules, the sport was voted back in. (Better luck next time, wakeboarding and wushu.)
It’s not the new year yet, but the January edition of Reader’s Digest has been released. So when you’re out doing your holiday shopping, be sure to grab a copy of this magazine on your way through the checkout. My short article, “The Adoption Option: The Pros and Cons of Getting a Rescue Dog,” outlines a few reasons why rescue dogs make great pets. I speak from experience: Our family adopted an adult dog this year, and we haven’t looked back. (Naturally, it helps that she’s the world’s sweetest pup.) Happy New Year!
If you get time off this month, here’s an opportunity to catch up on your reading: I have stories in three national magazines. In the December issue of Today’s Parent, you can check out my cold and flu “cheat sheet” to help you manage all your little ones’ runny noses and upset tummies this winter. In OWL magazine, I share some pretty awesome “Jobs on Ice” – you can’t imagine how cool it is (literally and figuratively) to drive an icebreaker or manage an ice hotel! And finally, in the December/January issue of Zoomer, you can find out why boomers of all kinds love to live in co-operative housing. That’s in the latest installment of my “Why I Live Here” column.
Two new magazine stories to watch for in November! In OWL magazine, I explore whether celebrities (ahem, Justin Bieber) can be a bad influence on kids in “Role Call – Do Celebrities Make Good Role Models?” And in Zoomer, I’m touting the benefits of off-the-grid living for boomers in my regular “Why I Live Here” feature. (Hint: Fewer bills!)