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Author Archives: Lisa Majaj

Coffee: Good or Bad?


I have been a coffee addict for most of my adult life.

As a college student, I often had my last cup of the day in bed, just before turning out the lights. In those days, the caffeine never prevented me from sleeping.

Then I went to graduate school, and the pressure of trying to keep up with studies and teaching left me perpetually sleep-deprived…and dependant on super-sized mugs of coffee. At some point I realized that coffee was more than a habit: it was my lifeblood.

How to Live to be a Hundred


The Greek island of Ikaria is one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” known for its centenarians, people who live past 100. What makes Ikarians live so long? A brief stay on the island this summer helped me uncover some clues…

Spring Time…Planting Time!


Easter is over, the days are getting hotter, and I’ve gotten out my gardening gloves.

Each spring I entertain fantasies of feeding my family from my own vegetable garden. I dream of growing onions and asparagus and celery, of harvesting tomatoes and eggplants and peppers…