hedonist, storyteller, solicited advice giver, desert dweller
Putting The "Spin" In Spinster
In the first episode of the regency romance turned steamy Netflix hit Bridgerton, gossip-mongering narrator Lady Whistledown explains that the young women on London's marriage market fear "the dreadful, dismal condition known as the spinster."
A Playlist For Statehood Day
It's no secret that teenagers are typically very concerned with dating and romance - which makes Valentine's Day a rough time for lonely high schoolers. Fortunately, I grew up in Arizona, where Valentine's Day is not just a holiday about romantic love and coupledom. It's also Statehood Day!
Wet Wood Burns Black
Zebi says that in the old times, people used to light fires just for their own sake. He told me they burned wood when it wasn’t cold and ran fuel even when they didn’t need to cook anything.
Songs That Are Definitely About Something, But It's Sure Not Love
Has anyone ever told you: “Don’t think about a purple elephant?” Of course, as soon as someone says that, you immediately start thinking about purple elephants. You can’t try to resist a thought without paying even more attention to it.
Between Before & After
There are tons of songs out there about bad breakups, songs that capture the anger and betrayal and righteous self interest that characterize these experiences.
What The Swallows Know
In her newest book, Rising Strong, author and resiliency researcher Brené Brown quotes a proverb she learned from the Asaro tribe of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea:
I Saw Egrets Today
If you stop by the "Shorebird" campus of Google's Mountain View offices during the month of June, you'll see a handful of people sitting at folding tables with pamphlets, binoculars, and big stickers that say "I SAW EGRETS TODAY."
“No, I don’t think Chantelle always had that little black notebook. At least, she didn’t have it the first few times I met her. I think it showed up last summer, right when she started asking so many questions we all wondered whether she was writing a book or something. But she moved to Nelson a little under a year ago, at the end of winter. I remember seeing skis in her truck bed when she first drove in and having a good laugh with the guys, wondering what she thought she was getting herself into. Nelson might be high desert, and it does get cold in the winter, but we haven’t seen snow in decades, and even then it was just little flurries. No one’s going skiing around here.