The Loss of an Old Friend

I found out an old friend, from the days of my depression, passed away from a rare form of cancer. She wasn’t even 40, if I remember her age correctly. I had been thinking a lot about her lately, but we haven’t spoken since about 1999/2000. In fact, I don’t even know if she wouldRead more

Time Management: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Time Management: Seasonal Affective Disorder

I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It’s something that developed when I move to Massachusetts.  As a result, I hate February because that’s when it hits me.  This is the time of year when I am moody, a little depressed, and prone to big changes.  The changes typically come after I have acknowledge that I amRead more

I am a Bullet Journal Minimalist: A Manifesto

I am a Bullet Journal Minimalist: A Manifesto

I have been immersed in bullet journaling (BuJo) for a little over a month now and while my obsession hasn’t waned, I have gotten a pretty clear idea of how I want to treat my journal.  In the middle of this, I did get Katie (my sister) her own supply of bullet journaling stuff.  KatieRead more

2016 Achievements

2016 Achievements

It was a crazy year.  I like to focus on the good things here.. or at least the things I can learn from.  I like to think about what I actually achieved during a calendar year.  I am really good with planning and visioning what is going to happen, but I never really stop andRead more

Can A Year Suck and Be Awesome At the Same Time?

Can A Year Suck and Be Awesome At the Same Time?

I am pretty sure everyone agrees that, at some point in time, 2016 sucked.  My family had this discussion at Thanksgiving.  We had a tough year.  Both my grandmothers passed away this year.  The election.  Other things happened that weren’t necessarily awesome. I protested; my year had been pretty awesome.  I got tenure, which cameRead more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving and What I Am Thankful For

As 2016 comes to an end, the US starts the holiday season with Thanksgiving.  This year my parents are coming into town to celebrate the holiday.  This is the first Thanksgiving we are celebrating without either of my grandmothers.  This Thanksgiving happens on a year of a variety of good times and bad times.  I am goingRead more

Obligatory Post Election Post

Eight years ago I felt joy the night after the election.  I had seen the election of our first African American President.  The only sadness I felt was that he had to beat Hillary Clinton to get that place on the ticket.  I felt even more joy 4 years later when Obama was reelected. ItRead more

Reassessing Life Goals: Health

There is one life goal on my list that is being re-evaluated, but not to decide if it has to be removed, but to see if it needs to be evolved: health.  Of all my life goals, this one is not very specific in language, but in the details it is.  The life goal isRead more

Re-Assessing Life Goals: Publishing

I have spoken a couple times about what I want to do now that I have achieved the goal of publishing a novel.  As I think of what comes next when it relates to writing and publishing, I am struck with a lot of smaller goals: I want to publish my second, third, fourth, etcRead more

Re-Assessing Life Goals: Retirement

Every time I look down on this timeless town Whether blue or gray be her skies. Whether loud be her cheers or soft be her tears, More and more do I realize: I love Paris in the springtime. I love Paris in the fall. I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles, I loveRead more