Category: Life

Standing Letter to My Elected Officials

I sent this letter to my Senators and U.S. Representative today, but since the idea is that it’s my only letter, I thought I’d also post it here. Plus it gives me something to post — this blog is beyond neglected. Senator Maria Cantwell Senator Patty Murray Representative Denny Heck Dear Elected Officials, You are Read More

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Some of our Halloween decorations are still up. That’s not unheard of for our family – we do like to make the holiday last – but it is a bit late in the year. I told my husband I was going to buy flag lapel pins for the zombies in our yard to celebrate Veterans Read More

Cruise Notes

In a mostly-blank notebook today I found this page, which appears to be the sole journal entry I made on our Alaskan cruise three years ago. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Cruise notes . . . We’re marveling at an Alaskan glacier, standing on the observation deck of the cruise ship. I’m bundled up and I Read More

I refuse to be too old to internet (a GenX adventure)

I made some new friends on Twitter who communicate primarily via animated GIFs. Eager to fit in, I decided to learn this mysterious new language. First, I spent way too long searching for just the right GIFs online. Next, I tried to practice by texting some to Corey. I later learned that the Android text Read More

Collected Wisdom

In a few days I will turn 43. Last year about this time, I had a lot of fun telling everyone that this year, the year I was 42, I would have the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Maybe it’s because I never did take up meditation, or maybe it’s because I pretended Read More

Triage

I do not have precognitive abilities of any sort. What I have is an awareness of the many things in my life that are undone or have been poorly managed and an ever-present sense of doom because it’s all going to come unraveled some day, isn’t it? I cannot possibly address all the things that Read More

Emergency Preparedness

We were standing in the kitchen one night after the kids had gone to bed. My husband leaned back against the sink and asked, “You wanna tell me why there’s an apocalypse’s worth of bottled water in the trunk of your car?” “It was on sale.” He looked at me. “It was on sale. It Read More

The Nuclear Bomb of Personal Change

I turned 40 earlier this month. That same week, NPR ran a story saying studies have shown people don’t anticipate how much they will change in the decade ahead – their opinions, beliefs, personality traits – even when they acknowledge how much they’ve changed in the past. We can’t imagine our future selves as being Read More

Empathy

Last week I did this thing – this big thing, which I was anxious about, and had to psych myself up for – and it was hard. I hated it. When it was over, I felt a sense of accomplishment and relief. A few people congratulated me, or said they were proud or impressed. A Read More

Do you remember?

Katherine is a teenager in Texas who has been my Twitter friend for almost three years. She is in the final stretch of her Senior year and wrote a fantastic “day in the life” blog post today that you should read if you, like me, are not a teenager. Especially if you (like me) peeled Read More

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