Kintsugi: The Art of Being Whole

I love the Internet. The collection of thoughts from vast swathes of humanity can make the most unexpected connections both serendipitous and sublime. Sometimes they are explicit: the public conversations of my filter bubble circling around related or juxtaposed ideas. But more often, I find my curiosity leading me down rabbit holes I didn’t know … Continue reading

Things I Like — Social Media

Confession: Some days  scrolling the endless supply of updates is plain old boring. Humblebrag: Some days housekeeping for your feeds and maintaining your “Expert” status is humdrum. Truth: But some days brim with genuine connection, shared moments, and emotion contagion that make it totally worth while. In case you’d like to delve into the mishmash … Continue reading

Things I Like — My Readers

I try to be authentic in this space. It’s challenging and liberating. More often than I’d like, it is then compartmentalized from work-a-day living. I’m thinking about tackling that. Either way, I like this place for meeting and sharing. Old friends, collected like charms, drop by. My sisters-in-law keep up-to-date. My mom says she won’t … Continue reading

Things I Like — Libraries

I could spout for 10,000 words about my love of libraries. I’ve previously waxed poetic on their impromptu operas, their clandestine art, their conservation efforts. And words. Always words. But in the age of filter bubbles — where my menu of options is predicated on my past behaviors, choices and social network imprints — I … Continue reading

Things I Like — Texting

I remember receiving my first text. I didn’t even know phones were capable of such things and thought “well that’s genius.” I can send information urgently without interrupting. I can receive information quickly without having to stop what I’m doing (unless it’s driving) or go find/talk to/ call someone. I can chat withs someone really … Continue reading

Learning Life

Life, I think, is a Sisyphean feat of learning. How ever much knowledge and self awareness is gained, the universes inside and outside your skin are infinitely larger and more nuanced than can be truly understood. At times this is a great awe-inspiring comfort; the world is magnificent in its oldest senses. There is boundless, … Continue reading

The Not Knowing

Lately I have been pinch-hitting at a local school. It is super fun. I get to work with kids and explain things like rainbows and dipthongs and fractions. I bring in library books for story time and host Jeopardy for the older ones if we finish early. I get asked things like “What color is … Continue reading

All the news that’s fit to click: News in the Age of the Internet

This morning as I buttered toast, my mind flitted to the Huffington Post. Or rather, the day it launched. I remember the day it launched in 2005. I remember writing about it for a now-defunct blog. I remember discussing it with my nerdy grad school friends who went on to become journalists and Google execs. … Continue reading

Once Upon an iPad

Once upon a time, some very kind and generous parents gifted some lady an iPad. She loved it very, very much. Primarily because it let her FaceTime with loved ones far away and properly read pdfs anywhere, (but also, secretly, because Dots could be a lifesaver on a cold dreary platform hundreds of miles from … Continue reading

#MakingTime: Day 3

Today’s assignment was to read something outside my comfort zone. I love reading articles and ideas from all sorts of people, and social and cultural commentary are one my secret loves. I am glad to be alive today (not exclusively) because the advent of internet periodicals feeds an heretofore unmet need in my word-hungers. Beyond … Continue reading

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