I was in the kitchen making dinner last night, and my phone dinged with a new text message. I wiped my hands from chopping onions and picked my phone up off the counter. “Can we go to iceland” This from our son in our family group messages, the modern equivalent of the household intercom. He … Continue reading Iceland and the Bahamas
We are teaching our son how to drive. And I thought having a baby was stressful! Driving lessons are going slowly. At first, we took him on Sundays to the Corporate Research Center nearby. It’s a large enough multi-building, spread-out office complex that there are a few ways to make large loops that involve getting … Continue reading Driving for donuts
Saturday morning, reading by the window. I’ve got no plans. Maybe I’ll read all day with a cat on my lap, pausing only to eat and make coffee. Probably I won’t do that, but it’s a nice dream. Continue reading Saturday daydream
It’s 5:52 am. I’m up in the bleachers at the cavernous aquatic center, café Americano in a paper cup by my side. The white noise of the kick-splash from the swim team, the echo of the coach’s instructions from the pool deck, and the muffled beat of pop music (much better for afternoon than early … Continue reading I want fries
Some people process the world through movement. Some by sitting still. Some talk to navigate problems and understand life. Some write. Joan Didion famously explained in her Why I Write essay, I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and … Continue reading Writing to solutions
Yesterday morning, instead of blogging first thing or browsing social media, I spent the first few minutes of the day reading Offscreen magazine’s interview with Jenny Odell, author of How to Do Nothing. At first, I wasn’t particularly interested in learning how to do nothing. I can relate to the feeling she mentions, that we … Continue reading How to observe?