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Out-of-the-Way Gardens of New York City

  • Nancy Monson

A visit to New York City always conjures up visions of shows on Broadway, the Empire State Building, Battery Park and Rockefeller Center. But New York is home to some beautiful gardens, too, and I’m not just talking about Central Park in Manhattan an…read more

Viking River Cruise of the Rhine

  • Nancy Monson
View of the Rhine from a bridge in Cologne, Germany.
The Viking Hlin.

I was lucky enough this spring to go on a Viking River Cruise of the Rhine with a group of other journalists. What a convenient and relaxing way to see Europe! Read my guest post on Irene Levine’s More Time to Travel website.read more

Health Benefits of Cheese

  • Nancy Monson
A cheese plate.

I LOVE cheese, so I was happy to read the following well-researched blog post from writer Jen Miller: 15 Health Benefits of Cheese, According to Science. For the full article, including links to the references she cites below and 8 recipes, go to Jen…read more


  • Nancy Monson
Culinary Tea by Cynthia Gold and Lise Stern
Teavana booklet

Forget wine and food pairings (or even beer and food). That’s old school. The newest trend is pairing delectable foods with aromatic tea blends, which deliver both taste and health benefits. For instance, if you’re a diehard coffee drinker, Dr. Frank…read more

Tea Time!

  • Nancy Monson
The wall of tea at one of Teavana's NYC stores.

Tea is growing in popularity in the United States—from the warming teas we love in winter, to the refreshing ice teas we crave in summer and the blended concoctions in between. So it’s time we all learned more about tea and its health benefits, which…read more

How I Changed Courses…After Changing Courses

  • Nancy Monson
One of my first projects: Celestial Flower, which is felted and sewn--and an homage to my mother.
Fiber art
The Tribe: My final fiber art project at UMass Dartmouth depicting me and the other four members of my graduate studio, who gave me so much!

What happens when you try on a new life and realize it’s a mistake? It is the first day of graduate school in the Fiber Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and I am having a panic attack. I feel sick to my stomach, dizzy, wa…read more