Finding Your Niche (Or Not)

An old friend once said that your area of expertise should be an inch wide and a mile deep. Basically, one should have a very narrow specialty and be the most knowledgeable person in the world on the topic. It makes sense unless, like me, you are interested in dozens of different distinct things. In... Continue Reading →

Crossing My Fingers

On Wednesday evening, I developed a tickle in the back of my throat. Uh oh. Thursday, I felt tired and took the day off to rest. Thursday afternoon, I developed mild head congestion. By Friday morning, I felt great! My boyfriend experienced the same mild symptoms, though his lasted a few days long. Conservative estimates... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #100

Hello, friend! After a two-month hiatus, I'm back with my mashup of delightful and thought-provoking findings. There was a lot of self-imposed pressure to make #100 extra-special, but instead I think I'm going to switch things up as we move into the new year. No one, myself included, wants to sift through a dozen links.... Continue Reading →

The Brokenness Of The American Education System

My first experience with affirmative action was as a naive 18-year-old first stepping foot into my college dorm building. After a lifetime of high marks in school, scoring in the top percentile on standardized tests, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work, the university had offered me a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition, $5,274 per... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas To All!

Merry Christmas to all!! Thank you for your friendship, insights, and kind words over the last year--I am truly grateful for everyone that says hello or shares their thoughts. From the depths of my heart, my wish for you in the new year is that your life is filled with peace, joy, abundance, and good... Continue Reading →

2022 Word of the Year: Creativity

For the last eleven years, I've spent late-December pondering the successes and lessons of the past year, along with what my hopes are for the year to come. It has always been a powerful and grounding exercise, whether the year has been incredible or a nightmare. A word can't be "broken" in the way that... Continue Reading →

2021: A Year In Review

For the last decade, I’ve developed the habit of setting a theme for the year. While tangible goals strong pillars, choosing a feeling or theme offers guide-rails and room for deviation. For 2021, the word I chose was CLARITY: “For several years now, I have feel lost, ill, and devoid of anything resembling energy or... Continue Reading →

Secondhand Collective Effervescence

Every time my boyfriend visits the farmer's market, the ladies beneath the customer service tent wave and shout, "When is she coming back? We miss her. Don't forget to remind your honey that she looks like Claire Danes!" Prior to the pandemic, we had been going every Saturday morning for years. The workers supporting the... Continue Reading →

The Quadri-purpose Room

I currently work out of our multi-purpose room. And when I say multi-purpose, I'm really saying multi-, multi-, multi-purpose room. When you walk in, there is a large desk and bulky ergonomic chair. Next to that, a queen sized bed that has been used twice in eight years and coordinating bedside tables. Beyond the foot... Continue Reading →

A New Fork in the Path

Earlier this year, we received a final report stating that "re-occupancy is ill-advised." The thing is, we never left our home. We had recently tested for mold spores, which we later learned stemmed from damage that occurred prior to installing a new roof in 2014, seven years earlier. I believe that biotoxin illness is the... Continue Reading →

No Failure is Final

It's early December and my mind is bursting with inspiration, gratitude, and hope. I've just emerged from a month-long energy slump and am chomping at the bit to play catch-up. The final month of the year, at least in recent years, has been fraught with tension. Seven years ago this month, my cousin passed away;... Continue Reading →

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