Category: writing

  • Montaigne. My Blog. And _insert #_-Day Challenges.

    I have been reading a lot of Montaigne lately and he has popped up in several places. I first encountered his essays last summer on a coffee table at a friend’s cottage. (Thanks Brad!) I read a few of the essays and was intrigued at how they were written – so random, so personal, so…

  • Team Humanities.

    “Language etches the grooves through which your thoughts must flow.” -Noam Chomsky A recent podcast title caught my eye: “The New Future of Work.” I was listening to a podcast where one of the founding developers of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, was talking about his company, Automattic, that now runs WordPress and other sites. The company…

  • update in process.

    There is nothing more irritating than having to update my phone. It seems that there is an update every few weeks just as I get the hang of the latest version of an app that is supposed to make my life easier. Keeping up-to-date is a nuisance. A rather modern nuisance. In a world where…

  • an end to love notes and a new beginning.

    I tried. I really did. I tried to write 100 love notes here to the simple things that I noticed in the ordinariness of life. And then we moved to Costa Rica and started to build a home in the jungle.  Almost two years have passed since I started this letter writing project and have failed…

  • love note no.13: dear routine.

    There have been a halt in love notes because I haven’t been at a computer.  We spent a few days last week at a friend’s cottage and I have just returned from a solo trip to Chicago to visit a friend.  Because this time outdoors and with friends is so precious to me, I am not on the computer…

  • love note no.2: dear lady rage.

    Dear Lady Rage, I didn’t have a name for you until a friend of mine sent me a newsletter on this subject by Two Bossy Dames where you are the topic of conversation: DM: WELL, it’s hardly surprising, given the way Society pathologizes ANY emotion women express that’s not Bright Sunny Pleasantness, that women tend to…

  • waxing nostalgic…friend or foe?

    We bought snap peas at the farmer’s market this morning.  My youngest daughter calls out to me and says, “Mama, I found 7 peas in a pod! It’s our family!” She urges me to take a pic and I smile trying to hold back the tears. From my last post, you must have gathered it’s…

  • happy new year.

    We stayed in today after a busy day and night yesterday.  This is the first moment I am on my computer.  I spent the day playing board games with my family.  We talked a bit about our year and how excited we are for what lay ahead for us. Last night, I did my very…

  • a countdown to 2016. part five.

    We are getting ready to leave in less than a month. In less than a month, we will be leaving our home for two months.  This will be the longest amount of time that we will be away from this house.  When we spoke with the house sitter today about our plans and our expectations, he…

  • a countdown to 2016. part four.

    This is probably one of the most important lessons that I try to keep in the forefront of my mind when things happen outside my control. And as a mother of five, a lot of things happen outside of my control. A couple of days ago, one child hurt another child’s feelings by vandalizing an…