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After the pandemic, so many lives have changed. Businesses closed, jobs were lost, the whole world went askew. Many people, including me, found themselves needing to start over. But how? At 50 years old, figuring out what I wanted to do now wasn’t easy. The job is used to do was no longer viable, but I had this niggle in the back of my mind of something I love to do. I wondered if I could make this hobby of…


Many people visit the Berkshire Mountains for the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere. It’s the type of place that you’ll find inspiration all around you- from the gorgeous landscapes to the picturesque towns filled with wonderful places to explore.

In the quaint town of Lenox, is the Cornell Inn. The Inn was built in the 1700’s and 1800’s and is full of history and stories. They’ve been working hard with something new and exciting to the Inn- a renovation. Not just any renovation, they will be working with The Kaleidoscope Project to showcase Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)…


A year ago I wrote these words about the Coronavirus. I can’t believe how spot on I was. There are a lot of things I’ve learned in the past year, about myself and the world. Let’s revisit what Day 1 looked like…

It’s amazing to me that something as tiny as this little virus can bring the entire world to a stop. I mean, I knew it could, I had read enough end of the world books to know most of the ways the world could end, but I always thought that those books I read were really just fiction.


These days, life is crazy. No one needs a reminder about things happening that can take the oomph right out of you- the ’Rrona, the election, unemployment, riots, heck, just plain LIFE seems to take more out of you than normal. I find myself floundering and spending far too much time in my bed, or on the couch binge-watching Supernatrual because it seems safer and honestly more realistic than the world recently.

The time comes when you know you have to just get up and get started to start living again. It's so much easier to order in Chinese food…


It’s a scary time in the world today. It’s even scarier if you work freelance or are a small business owner and you’re not sure how your business is going to survive. Weeks of being closed, work drying up, hustling to make things work can you leave you feeling exhausted and terrified. I didn’t know what to do when my freelance jobs dried up and I had no way to replace that income. I was lost. I asked Nev Harris, an agency owner who specializes in helping people, especially freelancers, learn how to take control of their money for advice…


I was recently told by a friend that I was “wrong” to read The Diary of Anne Frank with my kids. It was apparently too stark and too upsetting to talk about with kids. It might upset them. Just hearing that made me shake my head because the death of 6 MILLION people is upsetting. That’s exactly WHY we need to talk about it. We need to share the stories of the people affected by the Holocaust because if we continue to let it become sanitized, the lessons to be learned from it are going to be forgotten.

I recently…


Being a Mom of a kid who is immunocompromised, in fact, in a family that everyone is immunocompromised during these days of COVID-19 is terrifying. I needed help trying to figure out how to help keep my family safe, so I asked Dr. Robert Melillo for help. I’ve read a lot of his theories on treating people with OCD and other disorders including in the ways I deal with my child with OCD, so I trusted his response. This is what he shared with me:

Those most at risk of severe problems from the Coronavirus are the people that are…


I’m the first one to say that I’m not at all an introvert. I’m 100% happy being out and about talking to people and going to new places. Don’t get me wrong, I love being with my family, and a good stay at home day, but I’ll admit this enforced home time is starting to chafe a bit. I’m all about helping to flatten the curve, so I won’t be going anywhere, but I started looking for ways to stay in touch with my friends and loved ones. (It’s especially hard as my Dad is in Texas and I’m super…


There are two ways this Stay Home, Stay Safe thing can go. I can go along with all the stress eating and baking that I’ve been doing, and end up feeling like a mess, or I can take advantage of being home and having time to dedicate to me! I know that I’m not going to be giving up the baking- it’s instilled in me, but I also know that I can eat a small portion of whatever I’m making, and more importantly, get my body moving. But what shall I do, especially since I’m at home with no equipment…


I woke up to the sound of my husband making coffee, and the news. I could tell by the light in the window that it was past 7 am. The light from the window also showed something else- it was snowing! It has barely snowed this winter in my part of Connecticut, and yet today, in proper spring, it was snowing.

But it wasn’t just any snow day.

I jumped up and made the bed, threw on a snuggly sweatshirt and leggings, and headed to the kitchen, and coffee. There I sipped a bit before I wished my husband Good…

Wendy Del Monte

I fight bullying, help end the stigma of mental illness, and prep for the Zombie Apocalypse! Anti-bullying advocate for both kids AND Parents.

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