Vacay unpacking: more than laundry

We knew this was going to happen…the post-vacation crankiness. The “holy-buckets-that-was-more-than-I-could-have-asked-or-imagined-thanks-Colorado” world of returning home to Manhappiness, Kansas (ranked 2 of top 100 places to live in the U.S.!) After driving in from where I left my car at the Amtrak station in Lincoln, Nebraska, I pulled everything out of my backpack and gear to … More Vacay unpacking: more than laundry

51 Things.

I am one year closer to the rainbow bridge…and though I’m no pup, the idea of crossing light as I eventually leave this life sounds rather fetching. In the meantime, I will live. Live well. Live boldly and full of laughter sprinkled with snortling and freckles and a collection of broken sea glass regrets and … More 51 Things.

In remembrance

I’ve been reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, the story of Abraham Lincoln’s election, cabinet, the Civil War and his humanity. It has proven so very relevant today. Between yoga and work, this quote stopped me mid-slurp of coffee: “As he had done so many times before, Lincoln withstood the storm of defeat … More In remembrance

I see you.

This morning, I woke at 4 a.m. and ruminated of all the things I need to do, my endless list of failures (real and perceived), and offered a mid-level lament. After a terrific weekend with good people and one good dog, I was coming down to the realities of what needs to be done at … More I see you.

Traveling the wind

I did it. I made a few reservations, bought a ticket and have the beginnings of a plan to ride the wind…or at least Amtrak’s California Zephyr sometime this summer. After 30 years of hearing about and dreaming about a slow traverse across the continental divide* on the California Zephyr, I’m going to do it! … More Traveling the wind

When you don’t know what you want to do (a letter to my 6th grade pen pal)

Hello (new friend)! My name is Allie. I heard that you don’t know (yet) what you want to become when you are finished with your schooling and working to support yourself.  That can be a hard thing to know – even for adults who have studied successfully in college and have had really cool career … More When you don’t know what you want to do (a letter to my 6th grade pen pal)

Note to a penpal.

I broke a record this year.  For the first time since I was 10-years-old and tried to entice Bruce Jenner to be my pen pal, I have sustained a pen pal relationship longer than a few lines. Thanks to a teacher friend, pen palism has been a thing in my world since last fall. It’s … More Note to a penpal.