Why You Should Try Meditating While Running (and How to Do It)

meditationrunningginaI’m running down Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on an unseasonably warm fall day, my purple sneakers softly thudding against the ground. As I run, I notice a young boy skateboarding on the street, and the way his red hat flops to the side. I pass dry-looking trees and plump geese gathered in the grass next to the trail, and a couple kissing on a rock overlook. I notice the way the water ripples as a racing shell cuts cleanly through the center of the Schuylkill River and glides away from me.

Would you guess that I’ve been meditating this whole time?

Read the rest of my article in Runner’s World.

How To Make A Succulent Wreath

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Whether it’s flowery purple Echeveria, plump “moonstone” Pachyphytum, or waxy Aeonium, plants from the succulent family tend to be beautifully lush and easy to care for indoors, provided that they get their requisite sunlight. Make an earth-friendly investment this season—and enjoy them in your home the entire year, not just during the brief holidays—with this succulent wreath.

Read: How to Make a Succulent Wreath

“Bastille Day, Philadelphia” published in Painted Bride Quarterly

“Lips and your beard and dark doorways
and the sense that I didn’t quite understand how the stars hung that way,
or the way we’d partied and drank Coronas
at a prison where men had languished and died in
feverish, dreamless solitude,
where they had locked up Al Capone until
time slipped on and on enough,
and suddenly we were drunk and shouting “Vive la France,”
eating cake a woman tossed to us from a mossy stone tower
in a pink Victorian dress.”

Read the full poem online in Painted Bride Quarterly.

 

“Old Story” poem published in Eunoia Review

“…Just the feeling, in the suburbs, over coffee, over pavement,
that I didn’t know him at all,
and that I would cease to exist if I left him now.
Just the same old banal love story,
older than Europe and concrete and cuneiform,
that makes every country song a prophecy.”

Read the full poem at Eunoia Review.

How to Beat the Sleepaway Camp Blues

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Campfire songs, faded friendship bracelets and swimming in the lake — summer camp memories are the stuff of legends. It’s no surprise little ones all over the region are anxiously awaiting their first time away from mom and dad. Despite their initial excitement, that first separation can be tough on both parents and kids.

Local overnight camp experts gave us their best tips for coping with sleepaway camp blues… Read full article here.

Be Well Philly: The 19-Year-Old CHOP Patient-Turned-Playwright Whose Poetry Will Make You Cry

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I enjoyed interviewing Elizabeth Kennedy on both her medical issues and her creative process. Check out my latest post for Be Well Philly here.

Be Well Philly: This Is City Hall’s Best Kept Secret

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Short piece on Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s Noonwalk exercise initiative at City Hall for Be Well Philly on Philadelphia magazine.