More Questions Than Answers

For almost a week now the emails I’ve sent have gone unanswered. I had a problem with email when I made some changes on December 24, but I thought I found a way around them. It’s has been on my list of things to check into, preferably before tomorrow when I need to send out…

Kindness

Kris Rusch in a recent post talks about the devastation wrought in this year. She says “We are emerging, one finger at a time, from the worst of the crisis. And then we’re going to have to stand on the piles of our own personal rubble and see what remains.” It has been a year…

Burning 2020 to the Ground

Every year Steve and I check the progress we made on the goals of the current year. This year there are a whole lot of “Goal Cancelled Due to Plague” as I’m sure is the case for others who made goals on January 1 only to see them burned up in 2020’s inferno of challenges….

Social Transitions

A friend of mine told me that her daughter is socially transitioning to be her son, which set me thinking about identity. We all try on identities in our teens. It’s a natural part of growing up. I tried on religions, sexual identities, and many other ways of thinking of myself as a social being…

The Week of Broken Things

It has been a week of breaking things: laptop, portable keyboard, a bowl, and my ankle. Well, the ankle is just sprained, but it fits nicely into the spirit of the Week of Broken Things. I am typing this with my new keyboard that I bought to replace my Logitech K380, which has been my…

Light through Darkness

Happy Diwali to my friends who celebrate it. May your days be filled with light and color. I am finding my way through my own darkness as I work in my artificial, no-politics, no social media, no-people bubble. Its just been a few days and I’m amazed at how much happier and productive I am…

Where’s Carolyn?

I am taking a break from politics, people, social media and news until December 23. I am both exhausted and have projects that need to get done. By the time I return, I hope that even if the world is no better, I will be better. Or at least will have a bunch of work…

Virtual Hikes

I ache to hike somewhere new and interesting. Or, even more ambitious, to spend several days backpacking on a mountain trail. Somewhere without too many snakes or mosquitoes. (Which means far from Memphis.) I get to hike near home a few days each week and while I love seeing nature change around me in the…

Self-Acceptance

It’s been a longer delay than I intended, but a very good period for me. I’ve dropped weight and lowered my blood pressure in the two weeks since I’ve been working on this. Plus I have a lot more energy. I still have another five days before I’m no longer in classes every day. But…

Just Show Up

The dietary program has been intense, taking up about 12-14 hours a day, but I’ve still found time to write. Yesterday I wrote another chapter in the Chef Station Murder, which I’m quite pleased with. This brought a realization this morning. In the past, if I were pleased with something i’d written, I worried that…