Existential

Ever since having a child, mortality is on my mind a lot more than usual. I have always known life is precious, not guaranteed, too short, and all the other appropriate and relevant clichés. But now having a daughter, it’s like a daily, (literally) screaming reminder of how much there is to miss out on…

Venus is Rotting

A few weeks ago, I collapsed into my car after a long day at work and was instantly hit with a wonderful, fruity, tropical fragrance.  Many mystery smells have emerged from my car over the years, but never one this delightful. What in the world was that? Pineapple? No. Peaches? Definitely not. Mango, that’s it. Why does my…

Life Lessons From My Therapy Dog: The Alzheimer’s Unit

We brought Henri home when she was just 7-weeks old. Her big hazel eyes and forever-wagging tail stopped strangers on the street everywhere we went. Very quickly, I realized I had a pretty special little ball of fluff who could instantly brighten somebody’s day. You know those little deals you try to make with God, usually in moments of complete desperation? God, if…

Dear Worrier

Last week, Isaac and I deep cleaned our house and I found an important letter stuffed in an old desk drawer. When I received it from my therapist, Ken, two years ago, it was a lifeline when I was drowning in a sea of worry and anxiety. Finding it was a good reminder of where…

Wednesday Confessions

I wont read your blog if you use a theme with a black background. Even if it’s good writing, I just can’t do it. The eyes, they burn! I also don’t usually follow blogs with the “Ever After” theme. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, buuuuut I just don’t…

Misery

Mark Nepo: The Book of Awakening If peace comes from seeing the whole, then misery stems from a loss of perspective. We begin so aware and grateful. The sun somehow hangs there in the sky. The little bird sings. The miracle of life just happens. Then we stub our toe, and in that moment of…

Politically Agnostic

I am a Christian. I believe that there is a God and I know this because of the miraculous ways He works in my life, and the lives of others. I know some people believe that science alone is to blame for the beautiful (and not so beautiful) phenomenons of this world, but I believe it is all…

Random Thoughts on a Monday Afternoon

The only reason I enjoy Monday’s is because I always get Chipotle for lunch. I also eat it on Wednesday’s, Thursday’s, and most Friday’s, but on Monday it is the only reason I smile. 27-year old college students need not call their grades a “report card.” It is a transcript. If you keep calling it…