California Dreaming

Do you ever have these vivid little childhood memories pop back into existence?  Never anything drastic or exciting, but those deeply human moments where the world turns differently or the sky is out of focus and life grows. For some reason, tonight, I thought of my first trip to California. When I was small, not … Continue reading

Wellness

I am sitting in the doctor’s office. The first time in a few years. Not because anything is wrong. I’m just getting to a place where I care about preventative care and wellbeing. So to the physical I go.  Perhaps it’s the onslaught of family illness and diagnoses. That’s certainly part of it. One’s own … Continue reading

Swimming against the grain

I work for a big fancy university. The powers that be there conveniently provide a shuttle from the thoroughfare at the end of my road straight to my office.  It’s a very lucky thing and saves me untold mental strain and dollars during hustling rush hour commutes.  But because it’s on the busiest street in … Continue reading

Summer creeps and leaps to life all out of order. And never quite what I expect.  Yesterday was summer because I could see the residual flush of a long sunny walk the day before in my skin.  Today is summer because I bite into leftover corn on the cob straight from the fridge, with its … Continue reading

Goodness & luck

Meetings ran late, dying to get home.  Spy the bus out the window and decide to make a run for it – jump puddles, slip in mud, laugh maniacally and catch your bag in the door just in time.  Invigorated, reach for your phone. No. Phone.  Did You leave it on the desk? No, checked … Continue reading

Small Mercies

It’s been a tough fall. Tough schedule, tough travel, challenging projects (in mostly good ways), tough politics, tough times.  But today I had such a rush of pleasure from the littlest things.  That I needed the car and my loving spouse was willing to take the train (which he hates) and that we live in … Continue reading

The Almost Perfect Morning

Wake in the cool dawn.  Snuggle-spoon for a few minutes, soft and sleepy.  Pad out to the quiet house. Stretch while the kettle hums and hisses.  Milky tea and a bite of a novel or perhaps a spot of writing.  Breakfast and a chat, plan our day and put things to rights. Prepare for what’s … Continue reading

Simplify

things are manic this fall.  I’m teaching a night class; Beanie’s seeing evening clients; I’m traveling a bunch, especially right at the end of my talk tour season. We can go whole weeks without an evening at home. So normal nesting routines of slow roasted squash and seasonal charm will be seized in small moments … Continue reading

Wisdom of the Day

Life is too short for pens that don’t work and clothes that don’t fit right.  Be gone, unreliable fiends. 

Living Beautifully

A year ago, I was uncertainly stepping into a new job. After floundering and soul searching and asking the darkness big questions (and finding myself even more afraid of the answers), I set myself a task.  Over the course of several weeks, I paid attention. To what brought me joy, certainly, but also what brought … Continue reading