Since 2017, I have written a popular bi-monthly lifestyle column called Living Madly. The column appeared in every issue of Merrimack Valley Magazine from January 2017 until December 2021, when the magazine ceased publication. Beginning in January 2022, Living Madly has been published on the third Thursday of each month in the online magazine RichardHowe.com.
The column’s name was inspired by a line in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road:
. . .the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. . .
Some of my favorite Living Madly columns include those about American cookbook author and food pioneer Julia Child; the reasons why handwritten letters are still relevant; the Portuguese concept of Saudade; the Cape Cod beach I have visited every year since I was in college; the 1990s television show Northern Exposure; the two-faced Roman god, Janus; and the pioneering female mountaineer Miriam Underhill.
I love writing the column and judging by the emails I receive, I think readers enjoy it too. Check it out if you’re looking for a quick uplifting read.