She sparkles: An interview with Izabela Rabehanta

I am so excited to introduce you to Izabela. Izabela is my friend, confidante and all-around badass blogging motivation. I met Izabela eight years ago when she auditioned to sing in the choir for which I did some administrative work and a small amount of directing when our fearless leader was absent. Izabela stood outContinue reading “She sparkles: An interview with Izabela Rabehanta”

You used to sparkle

As I faced a period of personal upheaval starting in 2012, I was accompanied by a very special woman. Her name is Sonia. Sonia is the person I curse when I am irritated with my children, because without her, they would never have been possible. She is also the person I think of every yearContinue reading “You used to sparkle”

On Heaven and Dinosaur Poop

I like to imagine heaven. Sometimes it looks like the costuming department at a theme park. Sometimes it’s like being at a music festival, where big names like Mozart and King David are headlining. (This is one of my favorites. There is never a line for the bathroom and nobody is drunk. It’s fabulous.) IContinue reading “On Heaven and Dinosaur Poop”

What’s in a name?

I want to double down on something I said yesterday: There is a place in this world for your brand of quirky. – Lily Fields, modern day wise woman You are special. You are unique. You bring something to the table that no one else does. No one in all human history ever possessed theContinue reading “What’s in a name?”

My Bags of Gold

Full Disclosure: I am an expert in nothing other than knowing what I am supposed to do right in this very instant. As a corollary to that first disclaimer: I am very good at knowing what I should do. Not so great at always actually doing it. I spent a year in France after highContinue reading “My Bags of Gold”

The Shame of Plenty

If you are reading this, it’s because you either know me and love me, therefore cannot judge me for what I am going to say, or because you found my writing through a channel in which we have plenty of things in common. If the first one is true, “Hi mom!” If the second isContinue reading “The Shame of Plenty”

You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?

Please tell me I am not the only person who does this! I will be in the middle of something. Folding the laundry on the dining room table, for example, or putting away stray coats that ended up on the floor in the front hall, or working diligently on editing a novel, when suddenly, andContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?”

Am I more than my hair?

I wrote an article a few months ago called Stripping Down, in which I wrestled with the definition of minimalism. The essence was that what I sought to obtain from my foray into living smaller was to exist in such a way that my insides and my outsides matched. Self-examination has been a tremendously usefulContinue reading “Am I more than my hair?”