Editors Letter

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Getting Back to Basics

 Hello friends, 

Simply put, in a world that is increasingly complicated – how can we return to the joy of simplicity?

The drilling down to the essence takes questioning, patience and an open heart.

We all resonate with the essential truths for a simpler humankind – compassion, listening, consideration, compromise – knowing that these ideals all go a long way to leading us to a gentler, straightforward life. 

How can we let go of thoughts and things that we no longer need? Marie Kondo helps us take important steps with her mantra of, “does it spark joy?” Although Marie might be focusing on our sock drawer, her takeaway is on a much grander scale – that idea of joy and the practice of questioning is one we can embrace on every level. 

Like no other time in history, we live in a world of short videos, tweets and posts – all of which have afforded us a profound path and commitment to a global community. The beauty of this connection is vast and world changing.  Yet, without moments of pause and observance, it’s difficult not to be swept up with what the outer world imposes on us as things we need… and sadly, we tend to loose sight of the simple pleasures that life is constantly offering.

As we look around at our lives right now and ponder…

What can I give to others? What is no longer mine to hold on to? What helps me move forward? What is holding me back? What brings me joy?

If we can simplify one thing today – either for ourselves or another – if we can make the conscious choice to appreciate the basics, we can open up to new, unexpected surprises and pleasures that are right here…right before our very eyes.

Here’s what’s happening on insidewink…

The wonderful Sarah Dubbledam speaks with Jean & Alison about her inspired and totally woman-centric online magazine – Darling. Watch the interview HERE

Knowing what nourishes you is important and Dove Rose’s article shares a few simple questions that gets to the heart of what feels right! What Nourishes You

In her poignant article, Cheryl Farrell writes about the power of sharing our stories to make human connections – something that is so deeply important, especially right now. Storytelling Nourishes Relationships

Jean shares her favorite Banana Bread Recipe. Super moist and easy to make… could it be your new favorite, too? Reliable Recipe for Banana Bread

And, of course, more wonderful articles and personal stories too.

Much love,
Jean & Alison

In case you missed it …

Road Trip! Kathlene McGovern gives us Tips for Hitting the Road with Your Furry Friends 

We have shared so many great recipes and now we are so happy to share something even better… Ann Hickey! Ann is a wonderful chef and wellness coach and her creations will be featured in Reliable Recipes (we can’t wait to try them). Reliable Recipes Welcomes Ann Hickey

In I’m Just Curious, Dove Rose give us ideas on how to stay curious! Keep it Fresh in the Kitchen, on the Drive and in your Life. New ideas to keep our mind alive!

Geert Weggen: Photographing Red Squirrels are AMAZING and are sure to make your day brighter!

Living Unhoused for A Week: Ken Craft Takes to the Streets Ken Craft of Hope of the Valley lives unhoused on the streets of the San Fernando Valley for 100 hours and shares the challenges, insights and struggles he faced on this journey.

And, of course, more wonderful recipes (like North African Peanut Stew!) and personal stories too.


Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.


Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Em, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, living life like your socks feel real good.

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Dove Rose give us ideas on how to stay curious! Keep it Fresh in the Kitchen, on the Drive and in your Life. New ideas to keep our mind alive!

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