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You’ve heard of the ‘man on the street’ !  Yesterday when Deb and I were in New York City we were approached by an ‘author on the street’ and her friend wielding a video camera.

Catherine Birndorf, MD author/psychiatrist is on the left… on the right is her friend with video camera.  They wanted to know if they could interview us for a book trailer they’re working on ! We were more than happy to stop and chat with them.

The book is called “The Nine Rooms of Happiness:  Loving Yourself, Finding Your Purpose and Getting Over Life’s Little Imperfections” written by Catherine Birndorf and co-authored by Lucy Danziger editor-in-chief of Self magazine. The premise of the book is that we all have emotional and metaphorical rooms – the living room is where we socialize, family room is where we join together with each other, kitchen is for nurturing, basement is where we hide our deepest thoughts etc, and the attic is for hope.  They explained that sometimes we think we are in one room but our brain is focused on another.   Their question to us was… what’s something menial and maybe trite that could happen to spoil our day.  Nothing big like death, moving, divorce…just that seemingly insignificant ‘thing’ that sends a happy mood down spiraling !  Deb’s answer was… people cutting in line.  Good answer.  They also asked where we GO, either physically or mentally to get away from it all.  Thought provoking questions ponder and answer in just a few minutes.

“The Nine Rooms of Happiness” will be coming out in a few months and I for one can’t wait to read it and review it here on my blog. Read a description of the book by clicking here.

So… what are the chances of being stopped on the street in NYC by a psychiatrist?? I’d say there should be more of them out there doing just that….LOL.  All kidding aside, it was an interesting conversation and I’m glad our paths crossed at the cross roads of America.

On the southwestern most edge of Martha’s Vineyard sits the town of Aquinnah which means ‘land beneath the cliffs’ or ‘land under the hill’.  It was settled in 1669 and incorporated as Gay Head in 1870, in 1998 the town changed its name back to Aquinnah.  Aquinnah is home to the native American tribe, the Wampanoag’s.

The Gay Head cliffs were registered as a National landmark in 1966.  They were formed by the same glacier that formed the Vineyard some 20,000 years ago.  The cliffs continue to be a source of geological and scientific information… not to mention a beautiful and awesome attraction.  Fossil bones of camels, wild horses and whales as well as campfire remnants have been found in the cliffs.

Moshup Beach is the public beach beneath the cliffs.  There is also the private  Lucy Vincent which is for town residents and their guests, it is also a clothing optional beach. Moshup Beach was picked as one of the top 10 beaches in the US a few years ago.

Lighthouse and lightkeepers house 1960…and lighthouse 2006.

Views to the east ………………. and the west.

Any visit to the Vineyard should definitely include a trip out to Aquinnah.  Spend the day at the beach or just go to see the cliffs and visit the charming shops and enjoy a bite to eat overlooking the sea and cliffs.

You might enjoy these posts I’ve done, just click on the links :

The Cliffs

The Lighthouse



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