In Defense of Pink

Guess what. Pink is good for eyes. It’s true. After listening to a Seminars@Hadley presentation by Dr. Elaine Kitchel on low vision and lighting, I learned about the effects of light on eyes. The best light for retina cells: reds. Most of us know about the damaging effects of UV rays. Macular degeneration and cataracts…

Take 20 to Beat Eye Strain

Near the end of a long workday, it strikes. My neck and shoulders feel achy, my eyes dry and tired. I fight the urge to rub my eyes. Lifting my tea mug, I realize I’m out of water. A headache finishes off the job, sealing me into a bad mood until I spend time resting.It’s…

Right Under My Nose

Every year they surprise me. They appear dormant for days in the tangles of green shoots. In one moment when I’m not looking they burst into bloom, a cluster of yellow day lilies alongside a thick row of orange tiger lilies. It’s beautiful. It’s summer in Mayberry. But the flowers holding my attention live in…

Curry Up

“Would you like to sit at a quieter table?” A hostess or a manager asked as she grabbed menus. The smell of cayenne and cumin and cinnamon emerged from the noisy kitchen behind her. Stockton may have looked at me. I said something to indicate sitting anywhere in the restaurant would be fine. I felt…