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 …

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 …

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 …

This is a Test

  Ana's summer was being consumed by her phone. It bothers me that I am to blame. The only reason she can spend any time on it is because I provide the access. I, my friends,  am the enabler. Without setting and enforcing limits it's like buying a bag of blow and saying "Go at …

The Right Door

Each time I go abroad I get this powerful longing to never return to my regular life. But I always go back. It happened again, but this time was different. I felt the most solid sense of home in Croatia and, in part, this is because it's where my family comes from. I grew up immersed in the culture and most of my family still lives in the capital city, …

Reno’s and Waste

Our kitchen has always been an eyesore, built long ago, with the cheapest of everything.  Since we are heavy users of our kitchen we decided that we’d take the plunge, at last, in an effort to make our kitchen time more enjoyable and efficient. We had a limited budget of $5,000, which meant careful consideration of all available options. This …

Double Bag That, Please! (and Thai Eggplant)

I have been thinking a lot about food waste since we buy our fair share of imported ingredients. Trying to gather more information, I was shocked to learn that food waste outweighs transportation in the ecological problems it causes. It's surprising that we could make a bigger difference with thoughtful food choices than by switching to …

Chili Pepper Eye

I was carefully slicing chilis for our favorite Tofu with Spicy Lime Dip.  After I finished preparing a few snacks, I went to get cleaned-up. I was putting in my contact lenses when suddenly I felt a blast of fire as the lens touched my eye.  I cried out as my eye ejected the lens and …

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