Organizing photographs

A big box full of photographs sits in my basement. The pictures rarely get looked at in their muddled state. There are duplicates, near-same shots, and blurry pics where one can hardly tell what the subject is. Yet many others are treasures. Looking at them should be a fun and shareable experience but ends up …

A Love Story

Today is our 12th wedding anniversary and I have been working on having this post ready for it. It's the story leading up to how I met Jack. It's a story about finding love on the other side of the world, and how it never would have happened without the friends that lead me there. …

Something About Church Bells

It was almost a year ago that we were on a glorious European vacation. One of the most affecting things for me on that trip was the thundering of church bells in every town. In Croatia especially, we heard them every day. There are a few things about them that I like. They remind me of …

Identity Formation

The value of the knowledge we get from elders is beyond measure. It's their time and energy invested in perfecting how to do a thing, then passing it down for us to apply and adapt to our own needs and desires.  These customs keep us healthy and happy while raising us and forming who we …

Dear Karma,

When we all started working from home I felt happy.  I had been wanting this for years. Working from home saves me 2 hours of travel time each day, add the time I spend packing lunches and snacks and it's almost 3 hours per day. After only a few days of working from home I …

A Very Good Thing

My mom was driving down my street with a truck right up on her tail. As she continued straight he sped up to pass her, make a left turn, and flip her the finger. It was multi-tasking at it's finest. He angrily gunned his big, muffler-less, truck around that corner, after putting my 70 year …

My Dream and An Elephants’ Work

In thinking about taking a trip to Thailand (I'm hopeful we can wrap-up this COVID-19 thing first) I was listing things I would like to see or do there. Although we've been several times since moving away, there are a number of unchecked items on my list. At the top of this list are elephants. …

The Next Level

Ballerina's don't start pointe work until they have reached a certain level of strength and bone development in their feet. After 10 years of dance training Ana has started at last, and is ablaze with excitement! I'm glad she is starting now, avoiding the extra risk of injury associated with starting to go on pointe …

Keepers

Its easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. The difficulty in making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of can often turn us away from the task altogether. This is the story of stuff I kept and stuff I destroyed.Our unfinished basement was becoming a dumping ground/storage space. …

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong is a tangy Thai soup eaten all over Thailand. If you've been there, you have likely tried it. In 2020, Thailand is seeking to have Tom Yum Goong included in Unesco’s intangible cultural heritage list and to honor that we have created a video for how to make Tom Yum Goong, see …

Hit the books!

In my last post I wrote a bit about letting children excel by supporting their interests. Today's post is written by my most excellent friend, guest writer, Elliott Ulrich.  Elliott has been living on the lush island of Taiwan for 40% of his life at this point. It's challenging to live immersed in a culture …

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