STYLING THEIR DREAM: THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO BEHIND GO BLOW

2020-10-01T11:09:35-04:00

Photo by Emily Rose Imagery By Marji Wisniewski While preparing for my interview with the mother-daughter duo that owns Go Blow, Karin and Jillian Brooks, I decided it was time to take my hair out of the bun it’s been in since March and actually blow dry and style my hair. I had time to reflect on the fact that it’s been a long time since I’ve done something for myself. In my opinion, there are few things better than someone else shampooing, drying, and styling my hair. During the interview, Karin and Jillian invited me and my daughter to experience [...]

STYLING THEIR DREAM: THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO BEHIND GO BLOW2020-10-01T11:09:35-04:00

FAMILY CRIES THAT ECHO IN OUR BONES

2020-10-01T11:09:42-04:00

Photo on Unsplash By Morella Devost In July of 2016, while on my honeymoon in France, I had a surreal experience while staring at the gravesite of a woman I never met. Deep in my gut, I knew she wanted me to find her. My new husband had wanted to visit Père Lachaise, the famous cemetery in Paris where Jim Morrison is buried. After making what turned out to be a very anticlimactic stop at the singer’s grave, we strolled through the eerily fascinating cemetery. As we walked, a quiet thought in the back of my mind got louder and louder: [...]

FAMILY CRIES THAT ECHO IN OUR BONES2020-10-01T11:09:42-04:00

BEFRIEND YOUR MICROBIOME

2020-10-01T11:09:48-04:00

Photo on Unsplash By Lisa Profera MD Our microbiome is a complex colony of bacteria that reside in our gastrointestinal tract. These living organisms outnumber our own cells by 10:1. Let that sink in a minute. There’s a lot of medical evidence that shows that our microbiome can impact every aspect of our overall health. The good bacteria in our gut help us digest food, make key vitamins, and support our immune system. Bad bacteria make us sick and susceptible. Our microbiome can contain tens of thousands of strains of bacteria and weigh up to six pounds in sheer biomass. It’s vital [...]

BEFRIEND YOUR MICROBIOME2020-10-01T11:09:48-04:00

SPREZZATURA

2020-10-01T11:09:56-04:00

Photo by Aung Nyi on Unsplash By Liz Crowe Welcome back one and all to your monthly drinking advice column. This time around, instead of talking about what’s in your glass, we’re going to have a conversation about the glass itself.  Again, as with all things Liz and Boozey in BRICK, these are merely guidelines, not hard and fast (read: snotty and exclusionary) rules. Rest assured, I’ve been known to yank the almost empty bladder from the wine box and milk it into a coffee cup… more than once actually, since March of this year. So when I’m saying “you should [...]

SPREZZATURA2020-10-01T11:09:56-04:00

THE HOUSE ON WHITE STREET

2020-09-01T10:28:33-04:00

Photo on Unsplash By Rosalind Brackenbury “A poet lived there once,” my landlord told me when I first arrived in Key West in January 1992 and rented his apartment on White Street. I was at 628, two doors away from 624 White Street, a big shabby-looking “eyebrow” house with crooked shutters and a front yard full of rusting bicycles and straggly plants, a little set back from the street. The plaque on the gate advertised home-sewn shirts in Spanish. There was no plaque at that time to tell me anything about a poet. Who was the poet? Elizabeth Bishop. She had owned [...]

THE HOUSE ON WHITE STREET2020-09-01T10:28:33-04:00

A CONQUERING CELEBRATION

2020-09-01T10:28:39-04:00

Photo by Brooke Lark By Marilyn Pellini “There will be a hot time in the old town tonight.” That will be the feeling on the eve following the eradication of this horrific virus. We should be able to finally leave our homes totally unencumbered, mask and gloves hopefully no longer needed. Wearing those may be a habit hard to break, though. We’ve become obsessed with germs — though, admittedly, frequent handwashing is probably a habit we should carry forward. One time when I was teaching, I asked my class if they’d like to conduct a little experiment with the other fourth-grade room [...]

A CONQUERING CELEBRATION2020-09-01T10:28:39-04:00
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