A recent gift sent me on a very unexpected, and somewhat brief, journey into the self-care world. Granted, I’m flirting a little with some aspects of the concept, and find myself eavesdropping on conversations happening in the self-care coffee shop of my imagination, but I am still figuring out how to fully embrace it. It’s […]

So, ummm…why don’t we all live in Portland? I mean, I haven’t been to every city in the United States, but Portland has to be one of the absolute coolest, right? And I don’t think it’s just because they *have* to be cool to make up for the supposedly-crappy weather, either. I think Portland is […]

  I love coffee. I also had to let go of coffee. In my angsty youth, coffee was everything. Walking into a warm room, that acidic, oily smell in the air, and because of the era during which I most drank the stuff, usually some couches around and hints of peppermint or vanilla floating into […]

This is a placeholder. Writing about family, at least for me, and at least about my family, was one of those ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’ ideas, which now has me feeling puzzled and mute. The problem isn’t that I have nothing to say; it’s that I have so much. Where do […]

When enough people say to me “you really should check this place out,” I tend to listen. Sometimes even if said place involves hiking. On a recent trip to Denver, I was so surprised to find that the Red Rocks Amphitheater was just a short drive away (read: as usual, I did no research beforehand). […]

  I think it’s probably no secret that I love to read. It’s the one thing I consistently use for pleasure, self-care, distraction from life, a reward, a rest, and to ignore all of the other things I need to be doing. I’d say it’s kind of a problem but…it’s reading. On the flipside, people […]

Awwwww yeah my people, it’s the season of giving! We are about to get cuh-razy in here with the complete and total randomness of this guide – you are welcome in advance. See, I’ve never been terribly organized, very polished, much of a pre-planner…you get the idea. So perhaps my sending you this guide on […]

Giving myself a dumb New Year’s Resolution of not buying any new books in 2018 was just ridiculous. Do I have a pretty decent stack of books to read by my bed as we speak? YES. Do I also have a Little Free Library mere steps from my front door? ALSO YES. Does any of […]

The first time I ate sushi…oh, my god. What a mess. I was on a date…I think? I’d met this guy – okay, no: this man – while working at Barnes & Noble in Kalamazoo. I looked up a book he was on the hunt for. He hung around and was in the cafe when […]

I did my culinary research before visiting beautiful Bonaire – in that, I knew to expect the service to be slower than usual. The charming term for this is “Island Time” and, having been to an island before, I thought I was prepared. I was not. Here is my first tip for diners on Bonaire: […]