Pondering

Life, death, and laundry

Life, death, and laundry

Around here, we like to say that how we do home is how we do life. As I walked around our home on Saturday morning, the truth of that was quite apparent to me. How have we been doing home/life for the past few weeks? On-the-fly. Half-assed. The opposite of intentionally. Meal planning means I’ve(…)

Oh, holy night

Oh, holy night

Yesterday was the Solstice, the shortest day of the year, the official beginning of winter. I love the paradox inherent in winter: While the first day of the season is the beginning of our walk toward increasing light, it is also the first day of the most barren weeks of the year. As I shared(…)

The most wonderful time of the year?

The most wonderful time of the year?

For years, I’ve struggled with the holidays–mostly privately, but sometimes out loud. I’ve tried a variety of stances toward this season: Fully embrace it (let’s do everything and will ourselves to have a big ol’ Merry Christmas dammit!) Acknowledge its difficulties (admit out loud that I don’t like it, hoping that such admission will allow(…)

Of little pink houses and hometowns and dreams

Of little pink houses and hometowns and dreams

I grew up in a little pink house in a quaint little town–though it wasn’t quite the kind of house and town John Mellencamp immortalized in this (now rather quaint itself) 1983 video. My house wasn’t in middle America and it wasn’t bubblegum pink. It was in a south Seattle suburb and it was more(…)

The not so great book review

The not so great book review

I am so full of such big plans at the beginning of every summer. I’m going to clean! I’m going to paint! I’m going to organize! I’m going to exercise! I’m going to read! And then reality (often in the form of the 3 kids we are raising) sets in. I’m happy to report that(…)

“No” is the new “Yes”

“No” is the new “Yes”

This is a post about passion, dreams, painting–and economics. Yes, economics. Specifically, the economic concept of opportunity costs. As Investopedia defines it, an opportunity cost is, “The cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative(…)

Living in the summer moment

Living in the summer moment

Unlike many others this year, we’ve been living through a summer that’s bright, dry, and clear. And yet, there have been cirrus clouds of melancholy hanging over much of this season for me. I have been missing the summers of my childhood–when each day felt like a gleaming bead strung on an infinite ribbon of(…)