The Many Faces of Exhaustion

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In an opinion piece in The Guardian last month, there was a heart-rending op-ed about the level of exhaustion that comes with chronic fatigue syndrome ending a long-term relationship—one point in particular representing the crux of the poignant exploration: “Perhaps this is the symptom of modern relationships. We are told to believe we deserve the […]

Antique textiles from Pandora de Balthazar

Arianna Huffington on Sleep

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  Regenerate and recharge: these two important watchwords jumped out at me from Arianna Huffington’s introduction to her book Thrive, the subtitle (The Third Metric to Redefining and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder) is a long but very evocative one that expresses her discovery as to why she had reached such a […]

Surgeons at work, top on the list for workplace burnout

Solutions to Workplace Burnout

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Every once in a while I decide to Google how stress is affecting our culture and, more often than not, the information makes me want to crawl into bed! Workplace burnout is not a new subject, I say to myself, so why aren’t busy professionals getting it? Though anyone can experience burnout, there are a number […]

Ogden’s Christmas Village, a beneficiary of Jo Packham's talent.

Celebrating Top-Tier Talent

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It’s not the normal businessperson who will (or perhaps can) admit that he or she simply cannot wait to get people into bed! I suppose I’m unique in that it’s entirely appropriate for me to make this statement because the minute I put anyone into a Pandora de Balthazár bed outfitted with our European Sleep […]

The view from Paradise Villa in Costa del Sol.

Caribbean Vacation Hot Spots

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Today marks the 18th out of the 120 days John and I will likely be away from home. We’ve slept in five beds, dined out 35 times, eaten in three, had ceviche more than 28 times and lobster four times. We’ve made ceviche twice; been on a boat eight times; seen two countries and five […]

Pandora de Balthazar takes in the Belize view

Would You Belize It?

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I’m writing to you from Caye Caulker in Belize because I thought you’d enjoy a bit of a travel jaunt as we close in on Memorial Day in the US (and the official start to the summer vacation season). Given my tendency to be focused on your health, I also thought it would be fun […]

Antique lace panels sold by Pandora de Balthazar

Leaf Peeping Is Therapeutic

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A curious piece I read in The New Yorker last summer, “How Trees Calm Us Down,” is an insightful exploration about how leafy expanses bring healing more quickly than manmade constructs. The article, insightfully written by Alex Hutchinson, opens with an anecdote about patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery. The people whose hospital windows […]

Spa Time Pandora de Balthazar

Spa Time on Your Terms

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I came across a post on the Stash Hotels Rewards blog proclaiming that five hotels take spa time as seriously as we all should, the post a shout-out to Mother’s Day activities. The images of the venues—Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine; The Essex Resort & Spa in Essex, Vermont; Hotel Julien Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa; […]