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