I’m not sure when the term “first world problems” first came on the scene, but I am grateful for it. That phrase has caused me to pause, and check myself more times than I can count. To remember how fortunate and privileged I am compared to so many others. To be grateful for all that […]
Category Archives: Thoughts
This morning I caught a headline of an article posted by an acquaintance on Facebook, stating that historians are encouraging people to write about their experience during these unprecedented times. I’ve always been an open book with the things going on in my life and the thoughts swirling around in my head. But if a […]
9 Things I’ve Learned (So Far) From Giving Up Social Media
While wandering through the woods on a gloomy, rainy afternoon, I was taken aback by how the grey sky and foggy air made all of the trees appear to be even brighter. The green of the flora was absolutely stunning, almost glowing. It seemed shocking that the forest could appear so lush and full of […]
Marsupials & Meditation
I wish I knew why I was feeling so much rage. It’s likely due to a significant lack of my normal activity level, combined with finally reaching the breaking point of social media. And my patience with human beings. And, if we’re being honest, it’s also because of the koalas. The wildfire in Australia is […]
Presents and Presence
As any child of the 80’s & early 90’s will tell you, there was only one day of the year that was almost as exciting as Christmas itself: and that was the day the Sears (and/or JCPenny) Christmas catalog showed up in the mailbox. It usually arrived somewhere around October, shrink-wrapped in a protective plastic […]
Long Way Home
This fall, a ton of us in the blogging industry got sucker punched in the gut with a Google algorithm update. These updates happen often, multiple times per year, so the update in and of itself was not a surprise. What was a surprise was how the update massively – and negatively – affected the […]
When my boys were babies, I quickly realized how true the saying was that things never get easier, the difficulty just shifts. For example, there will come a day when your newborn baby finally sleeps through the night. (Brand new moms and dads to screaming infants: I assure this is the truth, hang in there!) […]
Chestnut Brown Canary
It’s getting to the point where I’m no fun anymore.
Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things.
If you ask me, growing up in Vermont was like winning the childhood lottery. No, we didn’t have a ton of money. We didn’t have cable TV, and no one I knew had the internet – or even knew what it was. There were no malls, or roller skating rinks, or movie theaters, or any […]
How to Paddle a Boat with your Significant Other
A step by step guide to paddling a canoe with your spouse, guaranteed to either strengthen your relationship, or end it in divorce. Results may vary.