• New Directions

    June Challenge: 30 Days of Photos

    One of my goals for the summer was to spend more time being creative–specifically, making art. I think that goal was inspired (at least in part) by last month’s 31 Acts of Courage challenge.…

  • New Directions

    The Road Not Taken

    Chances are, you know the Robert Frost poem with which this post shares a title. What you may not know is that it’s one of the most widely misread poems in the world. (This…

  • Mind & Body

    Positive Pressure and Negative Stress

    Has anyone ever told you that you’re too hard on yourself? That’s a comment I’ve heard on more than one occasion. I usually laugh it off and respond with something like Are you kidding?…

  • Recipes

    Homemade Dill Pickles

    Mike and I were doing our usual Costco run last weekend when I saw bags of baby cucumbers in the cold room. This reminded me of three things: I love dill pickles. It’s summer,…

  • Summer
    Mind & Body

    The Joys of Grownup Summer

    When I was a kid, summers always seemed endless. That might be because, as a survivor of a 70’s childhood, I was charged with finding ways to occupy myself every day. Both of my…