Creative Wellness Blog Posts in 2017

Tips for Gifting a Pet This Holiday Season

  • Nancy Monson
USA Today Pet Guide – In It For Life
USA Today Pet Guide – In It For Life

The holiday season has everyone in gift-mode, and with that, many tend to consider surprising their loved ones with a pet. The idea might be brilliant in theory, but it’s important to take several factors into consideration to prepare the recipient f… read more

Craft to Heal and the 11 Health Benefits of Woodworking

  • Nancy Monson
Photo courtesy of The Center for Wooden Boats.

GUEST POST BY Paul Moore, The art of woodworking has been around for decades. This pastime can produce beautiful results if the person is skilled, and more and more people are getting interested again. You can make a variety of project… read more shares the Craft to Heal philosophy!

  • Nancy Monson
"A River Runs Through It" by Nancy Monson, mixed-media.

I recently came across, a website dedicated to the benefits and joys of making and crafting. According to Sarah Richards, a member of their content team, “We help empower people to create with their hands by providing inspiration, resea… read more

Understanding Picasso’s Paintings

  • Nancy Monson
"First Steps" by Pablo Picasso

For most of my life, I was no fan of Pablo Picasso’s. I just didn’t get what he was trying to do with his art. But then I took an art history class at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut run by a sometime Yale professor who loved art… read more

MOMA and The Modern

  • Nancy Monson
Vincent Van Gogh, "The Starry Night"
A wall full of Monet's water lilies.
Robert Rauschenberg, “Signs,” 1970
Robert Rauschenberg, “Mirthday Man,” 1997
Robert Rauschenberg "Tree Frog," 1964, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Robert Rauschenberg, “Glacier (Hoarfrost),” 1974
The lounge at MoMA.
Jackson Pollock's "One Number 31," 1950.

I recently visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It’s always a pleasure to view its collection of van Goghs (including his very, very famous “The Starry Night”), Monets, Cezannes and Picassos. I also enjoy the more contemporary Andy Warh… read more

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

Write On! Reading Really _Is_ Fundamental!

  • Nancy Monson

Yale researchers have found that reading a book for 30 minutes a day can add about 2 years to your life. In a study published in Social Science & Medicine last year, they surveyed 3,635 people over the age of 50 from a variety of socioeconomic and ed… read more

Working out with a personal trainer

  • Nancy Monson

I’m a health and nutrition writer, but I’ve never enjoyed exercise. Oh sure, I walk with my dog and I play doubles tennis, both of which help me break the occasional sweat. And I sign up for gyms and never go to them just like most everyone else. But… read more

March is National Craft Month!

  • Nancy Monson
Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and other Pastimes

For all of us crafters, makers, artists—whatever we call ourselves!—March is a happy time. It’s officially recognized as National Craft Month, giving us permission to go wild with our creative pursuits. (Plus, spring is coming…which also makes us hap… read more