Virtue: Heroism or Pretentiousness

A conversation with Charming Fields. It’s been a while since we’ve talked about virtue, but it’s a subject my indulgent husband and I have been talking about a lot lately! You met him on the podcast a few weeks ago, yes, he really does exist, and no, he does not sound like Pepe LePew theContinue reading “Virtue: Heroism or Pretentiousness”

Love Languages: When it seems too easy

Remember that meme I talked about? The one with the lady who’s sitting, talking on the phone with a girlfriend and she says, “Oh, I’m just over here overthinking the joy out of everything.”? Welcome to that edition of talking about Love Languages. Remember, we are in the thick of a discussion of how itContinue reading “Love Languages: When it seems too easy”

Love Languages: Easier Said Than Done

“Love is a many splendored thing. Love, lift us up where be long…All you need is love.” Thus begins the Elephant Love Medley from the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge. It sounds best if you imagine it in Ewan MacGregor’s pretty brogue. Theoretically, I love love. I enjoy the feelings of love, at least, asContinue reading “Love Languages: Easier Said Than Done”

Mid-Life Crisis and the Love Languages

Have you ever been listening to someone complain about another person and suddenly started feeling sweaty? Nervous? It can be about something stupid, like a husband who forgot to put the cap back on the toothpaste. And suddenly you want to find an exit as soon as possible. Something this small shouldn’t effect you thisContinue reading “Mid-Life Crisis and the Love Languages”

Love Languages: Becoming Fluent

It’s February. February is home to my second-favorite holiday. The first being Thanksgiving, because I just love a day that it set aside to say “Thank You.” No, I don’t love the cultural baggage attached to Thanksgiving. But a day for gratitude is a good day in my book. Valentine’s Day is my second-favorite holiday.Continue reading “Love Languages: Becoming Fluent”

Virtual Flow

It happens so rarely, doesn’t it? Flow, that is. That mystical, mythical, mysterious state of mind, state of the heart, state of the universe when everything just works. The concept of Flow was elaborated by the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. (All the fairy dust in the world wouldn’t have helped me spell that correctly. Thank youContinue reading “Virtual Flow”

The Ideal Life Round-Up: A Clean House

Hear ye, hear ye, we have arrived at the last Ideal Life theme of our cycle, and it is, by no means the most agreeable. To avoid dragging myself through the muck, I’ll let you, if you’re interested, take a look at my original article about this lovely theme of a Clean House. In myContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up: A Clean House”

Thankfulness Week, Day 4: The L Word

In one of the myriad audiobooks my boys have been ingesting over the last months, there is a recurring joke about the “L word.” As in, a kid who refuses to say he “loves” something, because, apparently, “love is for girls.” (This enraged me the first time I heard it, too. But the stories neverContinue reading “Thankfulness Week, Day 4: The L Word”

You should really stop shopping! Part Four: Partners in crime, at least for a time

I challenge you to imagine the things in your life of which you are most proud. Who are the people hovering in the shadows of those accomplishments? Very few, if any, of my personal achievements have been accomplished completely, entirely, utterly by myself. Even in the intensely intimate accomplishments that have been obtained with onlyContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Four: Partners in crime, at least for a time”

You should really stop shopping! Part Three: Challenge and Motivation

Your reasons for shopping and wanting to stop shopping are intimate and personal. They may speak only to you, your situation, your relationships, your relationship to your body. They may also (as at least one of mine is!) be widely universalisable (Hey, look at you reading French now! Don’t forget to show that gem offContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Three: Challenge and Motivation”