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“Ida”

The Oscar-winning “Ida” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski is a movie that forced me to ask myself the question, “What would I do if all was lost?” Set in 1962 Poland, “Ida” (played by Agata Trzebuchowska) is the story of an 18-year-old, orphaned, novitiate … Continue reading

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Unraveling My Childhood Asthma: Did Motherhood Cure It?

Here’s the article I wrote for the CommonHealth Blog on WBUR about overcoming my childhood asthma. Unraveling My Childhood Asthma: Did Motherhood Cure It? May 09, 2014 Sarah Baker  I recently started singing lessons — a rather mind-blowing pursuit, since for … Continue reading

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Nature’s Resiliency

My daughter, Anna B, took this beautiful photo. It was taken in the Mad River Valley in Vermont. It led to so many questions in our family. What’s the story behind it? How long has the truck been there? Did … Continue reading

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Food and Fun in the Mad River Valley of Vermont

On a Tuesday in March, a Dodge Sprinter Van painted with puffy white clouds, deep blue waters, and green hills speckled with farmhouses pulls up in front of the Bridge Street Butchery in Waitsfield. The Grateful Dead pulses on the … Continue reading

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Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Where: Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica When: last week Why: We were in Costa Rica stranded for three days because Jet Blue cancelled all flights. (Thank you Jet Blue.) I went to mail a thank you letter to Adrian, … Continue reading

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The Perfect Nut

I have eaten almonds all my life. I’ve enjoyed them sliced, slivered, and whole. I’ve had them blanched, honey-roasted, and covered in chocolate. I’ve eaten them fresh from the farmer in San Rafael, California. I’ve scooped them from a heap … Continue reading

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Changing the Tenses on Rooftop Farming

Until recently, when I thought of the word “farm” I pictured, you know, a farm–grazing cows, big tractors, an old broken down barn, rows of tomatoes and eggplants, a gruff, ruddy-complexioned man in plaid shirt, scraggly beard, and mud-encased boots.  … Continue reading

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The Bridge Street Butchery

The most scenic way to arrive at the Bridge Street Butchery in Waitsfield, Vermont is through the covered bridge, preferably on foot. That way, you can spy the 1833 beams and take time to gaze over the side at the … Continue reading

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Plodding not Walking

Longteine and Kenthao de Monteiro, founders of The Elephant Walk restaurants in Cambridge, Brookline, and Waltham grew up in the privileged class in Cambodia—he was a diplomat. They fled to safety in France when the Khmer Rouge took over their … Continue reading

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A Doctor’s Oath: The Story of Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Eisa

A Doctor’s Oath: The Story of Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Eisa Here’s a profile I wrote about Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Eisa from Darfur for TheEditorial.com. “Legally, I couldn’t touch them, but ethically I had to, even if it put my life … Continue reading

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