Managing Chronic Pain: The Toolbox Expands

I have to admit, I was pretty proud of my post “Chronic Pain – A Many-Battled War Fought with a Broad Arsenal of Weapons.” Nearly three months later… it turns out I’d only scratched the surface! So here I am, ready to record a few more tactics in case I ever decide to birth a…

Five Lifestyle Amenities to which I Aspire

A few quick thoughts on my lunch break. The sun is shining on the screened-in porch where my husband is studying at the table next to me, the birds are calling to each other from the greenery surrounding us, and baby Felicity is on a walk with her Grammy Thompson. This sweet scenario has me…

Spiritual Discipline and the Life-Changing Magic of Podcasts

At some point in my younger life I remember coming to a crisis of faith when I realized how much hard work it took to maintain a sense of spiritual discipline, personal alignment, and connectedness to God. It was not the kind of thing that I could sign up for a membership to and then become…

Extreme Time Management for the Remote Worker: A Day in the Life

When you wake up and walk down the hallway, open your laptop, work on projects you can’t touch with people you can’t see, close your laptop, and finish your day with some TV dining all in the same 1000 square foot apartment… time and space start to seem a bit surreal. This experience is unique…

Grandma’s Homemade Cookbook

Before there was Pinterest, the women in my family used spiral notebooks and three-ringed binders to collage together all their go-to recipes. They would get out scissors and a glue stick, rubber cement, Elmer’s, Scotch tape (oh I don’t know what adhesive!) and snip successful recipes right out of the magazine or cookbook and stick…

Voice-to-Text Blogging: A New Solution to Tendinitis and Sunshine

Today I experiment with voice-to-text journaling/blogging. For months I’ve been considering this as an alternative to the dreaded paper and keypad.   Dreaded? Why dreaded?   I used to love writing in hardcover journals I could paste magazine pictures into; and I also enjoyed how fast I could type stream of conscious on the computer… but pregnancy brought…

Poetry is Better Than Strategy in the A.M.

730am. Zack is up and about the house. 830am. Zack is off to law school. 930am. I have to log into my work laptop from my home office. That leaves two large hours between the time I am first roused and the time I need to be doing something. Two hours during which I have no…

Dear Tash: Childlike (Not Lifegaurdlike) Faith

Dear Tash, Last year, the Black Lives Matter movement brought to the surface your questions about how to attain a life well lived, your anxieties about the tension between public service and a comfortable American dream, and your frustrations with the limitations of an introverted self. Your friend Niyah has been moved to pursue a PhD in…

Dear Tash: Gratitude Outranks Control

Dear Tash, Sometimes something happens to make you feel a little out of control. You can’t stop a friend from making a disappointing decision in spite of your sage advice. You don’t have the physical energy to convert your home from chaos to clean. You are stood up for a much-anticipated hangout and busy calendars make it hard…

I Just Want to Pin Recipes and Never Enter the Kitchen

Tonight, I am draped over the couch I inherited from a group house long ago, and I have spent the last hour and a half looking at TV clips and movie trailers and new content added to Netflix I will never watch, and scanning images on Pinterest for recipes I will never cook and DIY crafts I will never make. I’ve…