My Own Little Tempest in a Teapot

It’s happening again. That dreadful, awful thought happened last week for the first time in months and I feel like I’m back to square one. What thought? you may ask, because you are a thoughtful reader who cares that I sound like I am freaking out and because I am freaking out. ”I’m losing myContinue reading “My Own Little Tempest in a Teapot”

Creative Destruction

At some point last year, I came to the epiphany that there was power in destruction. Oh, I said it far more eloquently last year than what I just said, but it went something like this: My hormones stir up anger and rage in me. And rather than destroy relationships by being thoughtless and sayingContinue reading “Creative Destruction”

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”

22 in 22: Slouchery, Tracking and Mindfulness

The next three goals on my list of 22 in 22 are: #16 Improve my posture More than twenty years ago, I took an adult ballet class. I remember very very clearly thinking, about our instructor, “That woman is so beautiful.” There is nothing that makes a girl feel more like a clod than aContinue reading “22 in 22: Slouchery, Tracking and Mindfulness”

Relativize

Chalk it up to taking a dose of my own medicine, but I haven’t lost my cool in about three days. Okay, I just freaked myself out by writing that. We have a rather reliable case of Famous Last Words Syndrome in my house, which means that by any account, I am about due. IContinue reading “Relativize”

An Ode to Very Peri

I didn’t expect to be back here so soon… But holy cow! Did you see this? That’s right. Pantone has announced its 2022 Color of the Year and it is not just periwinkle. It is called, I kid you not, Very Peri. Please allow me to quote the Pantone color gods for a moment: EncompassingContinue reading “An Ode to Very Peri”

Hysteria, the Wandering Womb and Me

One of my favorite podcasts, Sawbones, hosted by Sydnee and Justin McElroy, is a “marital tour of misguided medicine.” On Sawbones, Sydnee, a medical doctor, discusses the history of certain ailments–or at least, what were historically considered ailments–and medical cures for these ailments. Justin, for his part, makes topics like hemorrhoids, birth control and leprosyContinue reading “Hysteria, the Wandering Womb and Me”

Tenderly

Today’s soundtrack comes from Duke Ellington. My first exposure to this tune was in 1996, when a boyfriend gave me a mix tape with several recordings from the Indigos album. This track has everything I love. A freely playing solo instrument to start, each supporting instrument entering discreetly, the rhythm section entering to build intensity.Continue reading “Tenderly”

Goal Collector

This is the time of year when I generally start thinking about what I want the next year to look like. You may have noticed that I am more than just a “New Years Resolution” kinda gal, seeing as how I am in my forty-eighth week of my 2021 challenge to buy no clothes. IContinue reading “Goal Collector”

Measuring the building blocks of health

As with just about anything I have learned regarding contentment, part of the mental trick of living a contented life is being able to enjoy the benefits of the future in the present. This is not always easy to do. But making steady progress towards my goals and celebrating that progress is, by far, theContinue reading “Measuring the building blocks of health”