It’s been a pretty dry summer. I mean that literally–a nearly monthlong stretch of 90-plus degree days, anyone?–and figuratively. Usually at this point in the year, I’ve been on a couple of trips, with another trip or two lined up in the coming months, invariably spending my time vacillating between giddiness and anticipation. Continue reading →
When I moved from New Jersey to Washington over a year ago, I got rid of almost everything I owned. Paring my belongings down to fit in my compact sedan for the cross-country road trip meant evaluating the importance of each and every item. The exercise was at first difficult, then cathartic, as I separated myself from clutter of life.
It must have been, perhaps, what most people imagine what it must be like to cast pearls before swine.
The pearls in question: the sage wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou at a matriculation ceremony at Duke University in the mid-1990s.
The swine? That would be yours truly. Continue reading →
I read her latest Facebook post with just the slightest twinge of envy. A sense of excitement and anticipation dances on every word and I find myself wishing we could somehow switch places: she could have my desk job and I’d be the one preparing to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Continue reading →
Decisions, decisions. Continue reading →
I eagerly read a recent opinion piece on Design Sponge by contributor Maxwell Tielman: “Practicing Mindfulness at Home: The Want + Need Equation.” From the first line, I could tell this editorial was going to resonate deeply with the way I want to live now. Everything that’s been in my mind and heart had been verbalized meaningfully on the page. Continue reading →