Transitions When Life is Always the Same

After a particularly dreary winter followed quickly by a stay-at-home order, spring is finally here. Of course, we can't plant our annuals just yet for fear of another frost, but besides that potential, trees are blooming, windows are wide open for the majority of the day, and the hope of sunshine and an emergence from … Continue reading Transitions When Life is Always the Same

Habits I’m Keeping for the New Year

Our year started out wobbly. We all got sick and have passed around a terrible cold that's going on three weeks. We've canceled plans, hunkered down, and lived on a soup diet. While our routines have been off, I've been thankful for habits I've formed over the past year or so. While the new year … Continue reading Habits I’m Keeping for the New Year

A Time of Possibility and Responsibility

In her retelling of an ancient Potowatomi story about maple syrup, Robin Walls Kimmerer ends the tale with this reminder: "Today, maple sap flows like a stream of water with only a trace of sweetness to remind the people both of possibility and of responsibility. And so it is that it takes forty gallons of … Continue reading A Time of Possibility and Responsibility

Embracing the Comfort of Three-Star Reviews

On Amazon, a 3-star review means the book or product is "ok" and is filed under critical reviews. I have trouble with this. In my mind, 3 out of 5 stars means I liked something but it wasn't life-changing. I read enough good-but-not-great books to be comfortable giving a lot of reads 3 stars. I know … Continue reading Embracing the Comfort of Three-Star Reviews

Sometimes You Just Need a New Cookbook

We've never done a diet or a cleanse together. My view on healthy eating is just that: Use common sense and eat healthfully. Of course whole, homemade foods are best. Moderation is key. And sweets are rarely good. This tax season was probably our best for meal planning. Of course, we cheated and ate out … Continue reading Sometimes You Just Need a New Cookbook