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Back to School for the First Time!

My daughter will be entering kindergarten this year at our local, public school. We went to an orientation last week to get a tour of the school, meet most of the kindergarten teachers, and get a sense of what their days will be like. I haven’t been a super sentimental mom. I’ve taken most of …

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Getting Lucky in Marriage

Next month, my husband and I celebrate our 10th anniversary. I have been married for an entire decade, a longer period of time than I spent in higher education. That seems both crazy and feels about right. We have lived several different lifetimes already within our marriage. The fun, action-packed dating life. The more intense, …

Room for Optimism

Back at the new year, I wrote about resolutions and how I find January a depressing time to try to commit to a large goal or purpose for the coming year. I was drawn to indigenous traditions I had heard of that used the Spring Equinox as a time to set goals and intentions, which …

Quitting for the Win

I am no longer self-employed. My physical therapy clinic, Flourish, has wilted away. Not exactly wilted, more like it was surprisingly and thoroughly uprooted, not to be transplanted elsewhere. And I am wonderfully at peace with this. Owning my own clinic has been an unexpected journey, a challenge, and a rewarding experience. I was thrust …

In Praise of Winter

Crisp, cold, stunted days make me long for the light. The cold and the dark push me indoors, into my warm house and cozy clothes. The busy activity of summer naturally falls aside, and I rest. There is a time for everything – a time for action and a time for repose. My thick, heavy …

Regaining Focus

The last two years have felt like a blur. Time slowed and warped – my memories are all hazy. Did that happen this past year or was that 2020? I honestly have no idea. It seemed like we were living in an episode of The Twilight Zone. I’m not one for specific resolutions at a …

Brown Baby Jesus

I’ve found myself getting increasingly irritated at my children’s Christmas books this year. I’m this close to taking a marker to them. Not only do next to none of them portray Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as the brown skinned, Western Asian family they are – but so many of them draw Jesus with blond …

HeSheTheyZheWhat?

One of the more pivotal shifts of culture I’ve witnessed in my lifetime is the more open discussion of the gender binary. I’m no historian, but at least in America in the last several decades, the societal opinion seemed pretty straightforward that people were either male or female with no other options. Many people today …

Free Will…?

Since the Enlightenment days in the 18th century or even earlier, there has been a debate on whether free will actually exists or not. There are educated, scholarly people who do not believe in the existence of free will. There are esoteric, philosophical arguments on both sides that do not feel very practical to day-to-day …