The Annihilation of the Word “Just”

A picture of the bird house I painted as a child just because. I am not talking about the incredibly important use of the word just as in justice and justly. I am talking about the much less important use. As in: just curious, just asking, just wondering. The word, just, has become such a…

Is it Too Much to Ask?

I was sitting on my parents’ deck earlier this week trying to meditate. It was not going well. I could not concentrate for the life of me. I was too focused on all these things I wanted to say to people but was refusing to. I started wondering what the heck was going on. I…

I Found Me Again

The only words I really have to accompany today's video are those of Dr. Seuss, "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than You." Well, those words and these: Black Lives STILL AND ALWAYS WILL Matter. (If you need a new podcast that will help…

I Guess I Was Expensive, But I Don’t Really Know…

I was in 9th grade. A group of my friends and I sat around a lunch table, cracking jokes and having fun. I don’t remember what triggered it, but somehow the conversation turned to questions about how my parents had me. If you’re new here, you may not know, but I am the daughter of…

Fistfights and Unlocking Joy

If you reach into that metaphorical bag of joy...you're bound to come up with something... As I watched two people in front of me in a socially distanced line at a coffee shop almost get into a fistfight, I was snapped out of my reverie. I had been standing there, thinking about what I wanted…

My Pen. My Paper. The Universe and Me.

This is what Moe says to judgment, "I'm just going to sleep here not caring at all what you think and then I'm gonna chase some squirrels." I think I will be just like Moe...perhaps minus the squirrel chasing... Judgment. Even the word sounds icky. It’s not fun when we are judged and ultimately judging…

Popular and Best Aren’t Synonyms

As a teenager, shockingly, I was really good at remembering that being popular and choosing what was best for me were oftentimes very different things and that choosing what was best for me really outweighed caring whether I was popular or not. Then I grew up and needed a reminder. So, I am breaking it…

Write. Redefine. Thank. or Why I am Grateful to be a Stage 5 Clinger…

Relentless. The word most used by my family to describe me. And up until about a week ago, I thought it was a bad thing. Then I realized I actually need to thank my family for giving me that descriptor. It’s actually the very best thing about me.So, maybe those words that have become associated…

Two Things…

Alright, it’s Friday and we’re still quarantined. Naturally, I have had quite a bit of time to think and I had two things that really stuck out to me this week. 1) How this time is so scary for us because we actually have to sit with ourselves and our issues and2) How we are…

What Happens When You Cannot Make the Unknown Known?

This time certainly has me figuring out what is in and out of focus in my life... One of my favorite pieces of advice in the whole world is to take unknown things and make them known things—which makes the world less scary and more understandable and it makes my world bigger. I live and…