A Love Story

Today is our 12th wedding anniversary and I have been working on having this post ready for it. It's the story leading up to how I met Jack. It's a story about finding love on the other side of the world, and how it never would have happened without the friends that lead me there. …

Identity Formation

The value of the knowledge we get from elders is beyond measure. It's their time and energy invested in perfecting how to do a thing, then passing it down for us to apply and adapt to our own needs and desires.  These customs keep us healthy and happy while raising us and forming who we …

A Very Good Thing

My mom was driving down my street with a truck right up on her tail. As she continued straight he sped up to pass her, make a left turn, and flip her the finger. It was multi-tasking at it's finest. He angrily gunned his big, muffler-less, truck around that corner, after putting my 70 year …

My Dream and An Elephants’ Work

In thinking about taking a trip to Thailand (I'm hopeful we can wrap-up this COVID-19 thing first) I was listing things I would like to see or do there. Although we've been several times since moving away, there are a number of unchecked items on my list. At the top of this list are elephants. …

Hit the books!

In my last post I wrote a bit about letting children excel by supporting their interests. Today's post is written by my most excellent friend, guest writer, Elliott Ulrich.  Elliott has been living on the lush island of Taiwan for 40% of his life at this point. It's challenging to live immersed in a culture …

The Next Level

Ballerina's don't start pointe work until they have reached a certain level of strength and bone development in their feet. After 10 years of dance training Ana has started at last, and is ablaze with excitement! I'm glad she is starting now, avoiding the extra risk of injury associated with starting to go on pointe …

Keepers

Its easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. The difficulty in making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of can often turn us away from the task altogether. This is the story of stuff I kept and stuff I destroyed.Our unfinished basement was becoming a dumping ground/storage space. …

Circle of Influence

Living in groups is complicated. Each one of us is part of several different cultures from friend groups to ethnic communities, and more. We are individuals experiencing life on our own terms, yet, like pieces of a puzzle, we each fill a unique role within the cultures we help form.  Maybe you've heard the saying: …

How d’ya like me now?

The newest phone, a more fashionable hand bag, a bigger house . . .  What do these things do for us? What they don't do is bring lasting happiness, nor do they make us better humans. Playing "one-up" pits us against one another, turning friends into opponents and creating an obscene amount of waste as …