The Importance of Walking Around

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I’ve moved a bit throughout my adult life. I haven’t bounced around a lot, but I have been new to a community a handful of times. Being new is hard. You don’t quite have your bearings and don’t know the hot spots and the “hot nots.” I’ve found you figure it all out through trial and error, but an error I repeatedly make is using community calendars as a resource. Community calendars are useful, I suppose – if you’re looking for Ping Pong for Seniors or semi-depressing trivia nights in a dark bar with soggy carpeting. Displayed in free periodicals and on town websites, they hold so much potential yet often result in so very little. Overall, they are generally a sad grid of undelivered promises. Continue reading

It’s Mer Party

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To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes… and that I will go overboard when planning my daughter’s birthday party.”

This year she turned five. It is also the fifth year in a row where I told myself I wouldn’t spend entirely too much time and money on the celebration. As expected, it is the fifth year in a row where I did, in fact, spend entirely too much time and money on the celebration. On a related note, if you have stock in Amazon (AMZN), Michaels (MIK), Costco (COST), or Sprouts (SFM), you have me to thank for this quarter’s stellar earnings.  Looks like I have some carbon footprint offsetting to do, y’all. Continue reading

Go Forth: An Undergraduate Commencement Speech

It’s graduation season. Today as I thought of all the proud families and happy graduates, I also came to the realization that I will probably never give a commencement speech. To be honest, I’m pretty glad about that. I can barely introduce myself to a room that contains more than three people, let alone speak to a never-ending sea of mortarboards. However, I figured that if I ever find myself in that unfortunate situation I might as well have something on the back burner. It took every effort to not start with Marc Antony’s speech in Julius Caesar which I still have halfway memorized from high school English class. You should be proud of my self-restraint. Continue reading

Moving Day: A Guest Post on Words Between Coasts

Words Between Coasts ( is a site created by cousins who live on opposite coasts of the United States. They regularly accept guest posts for a variety of topics including activism, creative writing, inspiration, wellness, and a monthly message series. Continue reading

Resolutions, Shmesolutions

Resolutions ShmesolutionsAccording to U.S. News, approximately 80 percent of people fail their New Year’s resolutions by mid-February. The article doesn’t cite the research, but I’m going to go ahead and take that as fact since it’s in print and that’s how facts work. Continue reading

A West Coaster’s Guide to the Midwest: Winter Edition


A West Coaster's Guide to the Midwest, Winter Edition

I was born and raised in Southern California. Before you jump to any conclusions, Continue reading

A Moderately Helpful Guide to Traveling with Children

A Moderately Helpful Guide to Traveling with ChildrenTraveling with children is daunting. And by daunting, I mean it has the potential to be the most harrowing, hair-pulling, horrible Continue reading