new years update

It’s been about 6 months since I wrote my 28 before 29 list. Here’s a brief update: 1) Finish learning conversational French – Still intend to do this, but also … Continue Reading →

Dinner for 17

I am having 17 people for Thanksgiving. 17 total, including Keith and me. This is because Keith and I have a house and a good amount of room – I grew … Continue Reading →

Amanda Palmer, my dog, and The Art of Asking

On 11-11, Amanda Palmer’s book “The Art of Asking” will arrive. It is loosely (perhaps strictly, I’m not really sure, as I haven’t read it) based on her really lovely, … Continue Reading →

The Great Book List Blog

So my good friend Eric was challenged to create a list of ten books that have “stayed with [him] in some way.” In turn, I was “nominated” by him to create my own. … Continue Reading →

Marianne’s Commom Sense Criteria for Being an Adult

I think most people would agree that there is no magical age or event that ushers anyone into adulthood. There are certainly landmarks that we might associate with it: owning … Continue Reading →

the soul-sustaining power of snack food

After a few long, stressful, disappointing nights, I took myself and my book to get a beer last night. I have been kind of burnt out – work stress, money … Continue Reading →

Lilac Ghosts

      I stopped to pick some lilacs today. I knew in some faraway part of my brain that tomorrow was the anniversary of my mom’s death, and that … Continue Reading →

28 before 29

In July – July! Mere weeks away! – it will be my 28th birthday. My golden birthday. July 28. The age my mom was when she had me. When I … Continue Reading →


Some days, the idea of not knowing what comes next isn’t so horrifying. When I declared a hostile break from plans, I wasn’t expecting such an answer from the universe. … Continue Reading →

while people keep taking about how social media distracts us from what’s “truly important”, I find social media making me a better person

I sort of joined Tumblr by accident. I was, as most of my good stories start, wondering what all the hype was about. And maybe also looking for a place … Continue Reading →