Category Archives: Health

Where Are The Most Viruses in an Airport?

At the airport, “virus central” isn’t where you think it is. But do we really think ANY place in an airport isn’t chock full of germs? I would have guessed bathrooms were the dirtiest spots. But I’d be wrong. I like knowing which places at the airport are the most likely ones to be full of germs and viruses so I can take extra precautions. Can’t hurt, right? Does the TSA take any extra measures to “secure” us from germs and viruses?  I was surprised to learn where the dirtiest germ and viruses places are and also about a TSA protocol that I can now request. Hopefully this will keep me away from “virus central.” Be prepared to up your stash of hand sanitizer after you read this!

You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Superpod of Dolphins!

When I lived in the Bay Area the Monterey Peninsula was my favorite get-away spot. Hiking, kayaking, walking along the coast in Pacific Grove, enjoying the Monarch butterfly migrations, the local movie house and coffee shops and one of the best bagel places, ever……..the Monterey area had it all. I’ve spent countless hours gazing at the ocean watching and enjoying the marine life, but never ever did I see anything like what this lucky guy who works for the Monterey Aquarium captured last week on video. You have to see this. Be prepared to be awed and to view this over and over again!

TSA: Keeping Us Secure, But Not From Germs!

Perhaps another good title for this post is “You can never carry enough hand sanitizer when you’re in the airport!” But do we really think ANY place in an airport isn’t chock full of germs? I guess, though, it’s always good to know which places at the airport are the most likely ones to be full of germs and viruses. Extra precautions can’t hurt, but does the TSA take them? I was surprised to learn about a TSA protocol that I can now request. Hopefully this will keep me away from “virus central.” Be prepared to up your stash of hand sanitizer after you read this!

How Organic is Organic Coffee?

As you enjoy your weekend morning coffee, or depending on your time zone maybe that’s your afternoon espresso, or even your post dinner digestive beverage also known as espresso, here’s an interesting story. When I travel I seek out one-off locally owned coffee houses. When I talk with the owners I’m often told that their coffee beans are indeed organic, and the conditions on the coffee farms are indeed “sustainable” but that they as shop owners, as well as the coffee farmers, don’t have the funds to get all the necessary certificates to say so. This article delves into whether it’s really possible to even monitor conditions for all these certifications. See what you think. Are you buying only sustainable-certified coffee?

What’s Your Favorite Time of Year in Paris?

I love the emails I get this time of year from friends and family who live in Europe. With great joy and in great detail they tell me all about their summer holidays. And for the French, in particular, vacation is seen not as a perk but as a necessity of life that everyone has the right to. There are even French organizations that help economically disadvantaged families go on holidays. This article brought back fond memories of visiting Paris when all the Parisians have gone elsewhere. Whether you prefer Paris when it’s quiet or when it’s full of French hustle and bustle, this article is a quick fun read.