Category: The Good Life

Are we Okay?

I am an extrovert. On Social Media, introverts had the first laugh about social distancing, shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders being the things they prepared for all their lives. Next came the writers and artists who necessarily do their meatiest work at home, often choosing self-isolation when deadlines loomed near. Then,

The Changes We Can Make Amid COVID-19

Throughout the public sector non-essential operations have been suspended during this health emergency. The libraries have canceled programming and are open only for the pick-up and drop-off of books. Public schools are now closed. Religious and private schools are closed. Most public religious services are suspended. And while cancellation after

Coronavirus

Have you gone down the rabbit hole of news information lately? For weeks, I kept abreast of the news, tired already of election news, an open ear to the Coronavirus situation in China. Then it ballooned and has now been declared a pandemic. A length clip from Last Week Tonight

Perspective is Everything During Lent

The high this week is forecast to be 78. What would be cool in the summer, this will be a record high for February in the Central Valley. It will feel warm, but what would a Minnesotan say, especially this month? Perspective. As I write this, Ash Wednesday begins the

The Decision You Make Today

It starts with a word. It starts with a look. It starts with an intention. It starts with a moment in which we pause to think, what is going on here? The postpartum season is a whirlwind of biological, psychological and social transitions. It is a magnifier of the things

Share the Love

Inspired by It’s Good To Be Here: A Disabled Woman’s Reflections on the Sacred Wonder of Being Human by Christina Chase, published by Sophia Institute Press, December 2019. It’s that time of year again. The quiet time between Christmas and spring, the time when online bloggers lament the long winter

Four Simple Questions for 2020

Make your life perfect in 2020 or they say in a thousand little iterations this time of year. I am home and online enough to read their variety. Why not jump on the bandwagon? Join a reading challenge. Make a book list. Exercise goals. Career goals. Family goals. Bucket list

Use the 12 Days of Christmas For Quiet and Togetherness

As the Vince Guaraldi song chimes in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Christmas time is here Families drawing near Oh, that we could always see Such spirit through the year. You have done it: the hustle, the bustle, the Christmas baskets and Christmas shopping, the delivering, the Santa-ing, the cooking, the

In Silence This Advent

Quietly, I sneak out of bed in the dark hearing the drops of rain pitter upon our rooftop and the slosh of puddles divided by passing cars. It is five in the morning. Yesterday I told myself perhaps I would have to wake this early to find that elusive state

Waiting for Marshmallows

The Marshmallow Test In 1972, Stanford professor Walter Mishel conducted a study in which a child was offered the choice between a marshmallow right away or two marshmallows if they waited until the researcher came back in fifteen minutes.  Researchers followed up with children thirty years later. The first twenty seconds

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