It’s become popular vernacular, an everyday reference whose origins may be, “What I want to do before I kick the bucket.”  Like many things, it has new meaning since our introduction to COVID-19.  We’ve always known that life on the planet is finite.  We understand that some of us cross the …

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In the forward to Twin Lights Tonic, by Paul St. Germain and Devlin Sherlock, Philip Elliot Hopkins, Co-executor of the Twin Lights Trust, recalls a childhood trip to the Little Art Cinema in Rockport.  He was there watching a special screening of Cinema Paradiso, eating popcorn and sipping …

Does your dog’s bad breath keep the two of you from spending more time together?  Do you wish you could give your dog a breath mint? “doggy breath” is not normal.  In fact, it could be one of the first signs that your pet has dental disease.  Dental disease is a painful condition that occurs…

We use the word "germs" to refer to bacteria and viruses.  Bacteria is the proverbial "both…and" if there ever was one: lifesaving and life-altering.  We live in a world of "normal" bacteria – invisible, everywhere, and even inside of us.  It's our friend and enemy all at the same time.  The…

We have come to view each other as potential vectors of disease, becoming suspicious of our neighbors, colleagues, closest friends, and family.  “How careful are you?”  “Have you been vaccinated?”  “Are you out in public yet?”  We are social creatures by design and have had to morph into a M…

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How did Newburyport put together such a prestigious festival each year?  After a friend connected me to one of the directors and I found myself joining monthly meetings to help plan the following year’s festival, the answer soon became clear: a small group of passionate and dedicated volunte…

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We’ve had the opportunity to have learned many things, aged many years, and traveled many theoretical miles this past year. Whatever the outcome, we are not the same as we were in March 2020.