A Bringer of New Things

I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.

Babies!

In case you were wondering, I’m alive and the babies are here! Our twin baby girls were born over a month early at the beginning of February, safely and in … Continue reading

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Self-care School: Big Things before Small Things

Do you ever fall into this trap? “If I can just get all these little easy tasks done, then I’ll be free to focus on _____” (fill in the blank … Continue reading

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Rethinking How We Celebrate Birthdays

  Have you ever stopped to consider whether our celebration of birthdays with parties, gifts, cards, “Happy birthday!” wishes, and other forms of attention is really the best way? I … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Great Quotes from The Picture of Dorian Gray

I recently finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, which I wouldn’t say I loved but am still glad I read. There’s definitely a lot of food … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

Self-care School: Encouraging Myself

“Great job!” I’ve mentioned this before in passing, but I think it’s worth stating on its own: when it comes to trying to develop new healthy, self-caring habits (or any … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on Maintaining Writing Energy

Since I’m finally getting back into my writing life, I’ve pulled out some thoughts I jotted down last year about keeping up my writing energy. Maybe you will find them helpful, too. 1. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

Cozy Book Talk (“Mind Cleanup”)

  When snow and chilly temperatures descend on us, pleasures such as books and colorful art can keep our spirits warm and cozy. I’m overdue for another “mind cleanup” post on … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Happy Holidays!

From me and my family (including Jill [pictured above], the cat we rescued this past year, who has become such a delight!) to you and yours, happy holidays! I still … Continue reading

December 23, 2016 · 3 Comments

Busy Aralise: A Children’s Poem

Having finally finished and submitted that huge paper that I was working on (I managed to wrap it up at 37 pages and a giant headache!), I am now free to … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 7 Comments

Bookworm Gifts & Stocking Stuffers that Give Back

I’ve still been too busy for a real post, but here are two more quick recommendations for your holiday gift shopping. I read about both of these in a magazine … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Stuff Happening in my Life Lately

I’ve had a LOT going on lately, and thankfully it’s been mostly good–even great–things! So I thought I’d share some of my personal life updates with you today. But first, I … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Living Is More Important than Writing

I’ve been reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and the other morning I read this passage that resonated with me: “Casting aside other things, hold to the precious few; and besides … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 4 Comments