Over the weekend, I was helping a friend sort through decades -- actually almost half a century -- belongings of a woman named Doris. I never met Doris. But I learned a lot about her life and personality by spending hours in her $130 a month rent controlled fourth floor walk-up.
Whether your idea of getting some R&R is lying on a tropical beach or hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, make it a point to make the plan and stick to it. You will be glad you did. Here's to the year of breaking free for some adventure!
I have to wonder if it wouldn't be more cozy in general if we could admit our torn feelings about this chocolate, heart-filled and too often twisted holiday, and feel a sense of belonging on the day just because we are -- just the way we are.