Only Slightly Spoiled

I held my two-month-old niece for the first time yesterday, as her parents sat down for their first meal together sans baby since the birth. I heard a soft cooing as I bounced the ten-pound, chunky-soft human in my arms and walked her around the room to satiate her curious brown eyes. Within her line... Continue Reading →

10 Tips For A Zero-Waste Life

My zero-waste journey began as a broke college kids with an allergy to the one-time-use plastic in grocery store bags and very few possessions, over a decade before the idea of sustainability even became popular. The developed world is filled with stuff, often more stuff than we really need. In my mind, zero-waste comes down... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #67

Hi there! How are you and what have you been up to over the last week? In the midst of local, national, global chaos in the forms viral pandemic, civil unrest, broken relationships, and nuclear threats, I'm finding contentment in the minuscule momentary pleasures. My garden is sprouting, my houseplants are happy, and the finches... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #66

Hello friends! We're now one week into 2021. How are you feeling? The atmosphere in America is heavy with anger, hatred, hypocrisy, and division. I won't get into politics, but I do fear that the media will continue to pit member of the political parties against one another and prevent any semblance of national unity.... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Resolutions: 2021

Happy New Year! 2020 was something, wasn't it? Like any other year, it was filled with ups and downs, and hopefully lessons we can all carry into the year ahead. Though the first of the new year is an arbitrary date, I try to take advantage of its psychological power and leverage the date to... Continue Reading →

Irruptive Migration

On the path from my front door to the adjacent artificial lake--home to the migratory geese that couldn't recognize spring--my eyes drifted up from the inky asphaltto a flock of iridescent angels, shimmering whiteagainst the sky-bound seas of the high desert. On the final day of the year in which machines forced last breaths into... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #65

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a safe and happy Christmas with your loved ones, or relaxing at home in your pajamas baking cookies. I fall into the latter category, but it wasn't so bad. We took evening walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights and saw a lone coyote and... Continue Reading →

Make Nine Challenge – 2021

For several years now, I've seen fellow sewists discuss the Make Nine Challenge. I love the idea of committing to projects, and I've historically set similar goals for writing, reading, budgeting, and all other areas. I took sewing lessons each summer as a child and would show up to the first class with a list.... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #64

Hello there, and happy holidays! Is it just me, or is this one of the strangest Christmas seasons on record? Today, we will be taking part in two curbside Christmases, where we will set a box of gifts in the driveway outside each Christmas gathering, wave briefly, and then drive home to a house devoid... Continue Reading →

Should We Host a Nonlegal Micro Wedding?

Recently, I have been reminiscing about old friends that I have fallen out of contact with since leaving social media. After a few quick internet searches, I discovered that several happily married mommies had fallen in love, gotten married, had a child, then gone through a divorce, and won sole custody of the toddler, all... Continue Reading →

Maples Were Never Meant for The Desert

my dreams lie dormantamongst this rotting metropolisnestled beneath the 13th floor awningcramped in the crevice betweenthe croissant connoisseurs and the well-dressed menwielding pink tape measures my dreams are dying in this suburban shoe box,lined with thin, decorative paper depictingmidwestern corn fields and a whale journeying homebrown-tipped pothos dangle daintily from the ceilingpeering down at tiny... Continue Reading →

2021 Word of the Year

For the last ten years, I spend late-December or early-January pondering what has gone well in 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 is the best yet or a complete dumpster fire. A word can't be... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #63

Hello there! I hope that you are and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. My boyfriend came out of quarantine after sixteen days and two hospital visits and, thankfully, is on the road to recovery. I am so grateful that he is okay and simultaneously terrified to go out in public because: a)... Continue Reading →

Covid Struck, But It’s Gonna Be Alright

The last two weeks have been perpetual progression of fear, mundanity, loneliness, and momentary bursts of nervous joy. Quite frankly, I'm exhausted. I wake up with the sun each morning and then anxiously wait half the day for a good morning text from across the house. Covid symptoms are neither linear nor predictable. My better... Continue Reading →

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