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”

I want more of that.

If you thought that with a title like that this article would be about getting off the Hedonic Treadmill…well, it means that you know me very very well. However, that is not what we are talking about today. Since January 1, I have been writing a blog in French. It was very much out ofContinue reading “I want more of that.”

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”

22 in 22: Star Wars, Hankies and Kitty Litter

Yup yup yup. It’s one thing to come up with a massive list of goals for the year. Another one entirely to cut those goals up into bite-sized pieces with just the right motivation chaser. I do love me a little cocktail of progress, hopefulness and expectancy. It’s enough to make me lose sleep fromContinue reading “22 in 22: Star Wars, Hankies and Kitty Litter”

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”

The Art of Waiting

We all have gotten some pretty fabulous practice at waiting over the last eighteen months, haven’t we? I have said this before, but I will say it again: I needed this pandemic. In many ways, as it was happening, I felt like it was all my fault. It was my fault because I had gottenContinue reading “The Art of Waiting”