I am finally ahead. And already have my work … word for 2020: Uncomplicate. Rather than “simplify” which too often can keep us in the shallows or “minimalism” which is its own tangled thing, I want to uncomplicate my life by uncomplicating my thinking, what my heart chooses to believe and my time. My goal … More Uncomplicate
recently, i got my feathers ruffled. hackles raised. i was slightly pissed. and as i looked at the issue, i saw a collision of opinion, fired up by differing experience, and muddied by a bit of fear and frustration. people i respect. and i worked to learn and reframe and think and be brave and … More courage to be curious
so much to say. or so i thought. lately i’ve been listening more and more to the people closest and furthest away to the clatter of hoofbeats the yapping heads the wailing of desert orphans the guns of war sweet sounds of new babies as they pass through the office in their mum and dads’ … More so much to say
I am very transparent. Or so I think. Until I am released from the constraints of “hometown” and travel. Then – because I care less about others’ judgments, assumptions made over time and our shared experiences – I am carefree … almost. Gregarious. Comfortable in my skin. Almost 100% comfortable in my skin. That is … More who we are when we’re away
have you ever felt lonely? when was the last time you felt lonely? I heard today that 46% of Americans feel lonely. To be honest, I had googled “loneliness” because it is something I deal with and learning is how I deal with most things. A conversation that had gone awry with a friend, tiredness … More lonely much?
when i purchased my new-to-me car, folks knew that this decision and outlay of cash was a big deal – even bigger than heated seats. and in their kindness and excitement for me, i heard “isn’t it great?” and “aren’t you so excited?” Yes. i appreciate the chevy’s reliability and comfort. and uniform paint job. … More conveyances
In yoga, folks talk about making space. We make space on our mats for our imperfections and triumphs and disappointments. Weariness and strength. The ego doesn’t have much space allotted to the real estate of yoga mats, though mine still shows up right before I do the yoga equivalent of “hold my beer.” About Father’s … More Making space.
I thought I wouldn’t need it. Too frivolous after investing in a new-to-me car. Wasn’t I just home in Germany last fall? What about Izzy? “Slacker.” Summer is here and I keep thinking to last year’s Glenwood Springs vacation, riding the train over the prairies and the mountains, zipping around the mountain town alone on … More Clueless and in need of a getaway
I finally did it. Following at least three years of languid research, six or so weeks of intense discovery, nearly a decade of recommendations from kith and kin; and the favorite friend who scouted two cars I’d identified and cross-referenced across multiple car-buying services and Motor Trend, Consumer Reports, NADA, etc., ran through VIN-check services … More 3 years at least
What can you say about a car – a sweet Vibe even – that looks and sounds better from a distance or when freshly out of a tornado-driven thunderstorm? I’m not materialistic, but even I eventually recognize the time to part with things like my long-appreciated adventure wagon, a 2004 Pontiac Vibe. I’ve been casually … More Blind-spot detector