Being me, I just HAD to tackle the hardest area of my house far too early…

It's almost time for me to head to bed right now, but my feet are still throbbing from walking around all day on the dirtiest floor (despite some intense cleaning efforts the past few days). With all the hidden places dirt's been accumulating, I'm gonna have to do my "shoes at the door" rule again … Continue reading Being me, I just HAD to tackle the hardest area of my house far too early…

What do Foreign Correspondents Think of the U.S.? (video from The New Yorker)

This just happened to pop up in my YouTube feed this morning and I had to watch it several times. It's what the title says, and it's enlightening and disheartening all at the same time. Journalists are not the freaking enemy of the people. They are OF the people more than the damned politicians, for … Continue reading What do Foreign Correspondents Think of the U.S.? (video from The New Yorker)

Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.

I didn't get too much done today--too much work outside the home and I was nodding off mid-day, so I napped through quite a bit of it. Bummed me out because I had plans, but sleep needs to happen, too. What little I did do happened in my garden, and as I let myself SLOWLY … Continue reading Learning new things in the garden a little at a time… & knowing you’re gonna go WAY past your initial investment if you don’t watch it.

Two hands, two different beats on the keyboard… now what?

Forget "left" and "right" Twix bars; the left vs. right hand on the piano keyboard is just a doozy lately. I hit that snag in my learning while with my instructor this morning. So far, what we'd been playing has had at least the bass part starting (chord or single note) along with a note … Continue reading Two hands, two different beats on the keyboard… now what?

Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman

My Copy: 9780785808725 (image from abebooks.uk.com, different design from what's available today) I've had this book on my shelf for roughly fifteen years, and hadn't so much as cracked it open til this week. I suppose there was a reason for that. I had to struggle to hit the 100 page benchmark before giving up. … Continue reading Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman

I’m giving myself the rest of March to clean up the place: house, pantry, body, all of it.

Boy I love going to get a massage. When I let the craziness of the past weeks drift away, I can really think, and think really hard about what I need or want to do most. My initial goals about music and art and reading books haven't changed a bit, but I really have to … Continue reading I’m giving myself the rest of March to clean up the place: house, pantry, body, all of it.

Work-Life Balance for Dummies When You Have No Life (and I’m the dummy in this one…)

I've been trying to write for three days now, and this is one thing that's come into and out of my mind the past week. Namely, how to achieve such an interesting idea, when you have a mind like mine. I've talked about my job and related issues several times over the past month, but … Continue reading Work-Life Balance for Dummies When You Have No Life (and I’m the dummy in this one…)

A new, fun (painful, crazy) goal: be able to do 100 push-ups a day by the New Year.

Yeah, I don't mean it has to be all at the same time. Like I could break it up into a couple sets throughout the day or something, but that's what I want to aim for--be able to do 100 push-ups a day. Maybe next year I'll go for sit-ups (shudder). That said, yes, it's … Continue reading A new, fun (painful, crazy) goal: be able to do 100 push-ups a day by the New Year.

Joyeux Noel, the film that shows humanity and Peace on Earth in the most inhumane, not-peaceful situation.

I love this film. But I love it so much that I have to have a specific time and environment to watch it in for Christmas. Just hearing the music and knowing what I'm going to see puts a lump in my throat every time. This year, it will happen when dad finally goes to … Continue reading Joyeux Noel, the film that shows humanity and Peace on Earth in the most inhumane, not-peaceful situation.

A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, by John Pavlovitz

My Copy: 9780664262679 (image from amazon.com) Somewhere in the examples of family, friends, and churches, I've found myself not looking at Christianity as terribly relevant to me for over a decade. But this book is making me take another chance on Christianity--and myself--to find the good and spiritual. A Bigger Table is a fantastic read … Continue reading A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, by John Pavlovitz