Indoor, Outdoor Spaces

Dear Reader, Humans are both indoor and outdoor creatures. We have simultaneously erected megacities while protecting forests and swamplands from manmade development. Some of us assuage our craving for nature by integrating brisk walks into our day and, perhaps, the occasional outdoor excursion into our otherwise sheltered lives. Even those of us who would rather... Continue Reading →

Getting it ‘Just Right’

Dear Reader, Do you know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? In the fairytale that I grew up hearing, a young girl enters into the home of three bears while they are away. She tries their porridge remarking that one is too hot, another is too cold, and the third is just right.... Continue Reading →

Something Old, Something New

Dear Reader, As you look around your home, how much old clutter do you see lying around? Let’s say you picked up a tennis habit quite a while ago and now have a racket hanging on the inside of the coat closet. Although you haven’t played tennis in a decade, the racket is familiar to... Continue Reading →

One Voice in a Sea of Millions

Dear Reader, We recently celebrated a leap year, which incidentally means that it is a presidential election year in the United States. Whether you are a political junkie or refuse to touch any campaign with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole, there is no denying that the election is happening with or without you. Although I have a... Continue Reading →

Degrees of Freedom

Dear Reader,  How free is your free time? For a single working adult, free time could simply be the time not spent at work. However, for a mother of two young children, free time may only be the hour or two at the end of the day after the little ones are tucked into bed.... Continue Reading →

Happy Single-Minded Creatures

Dear Reader, Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused. I listen to podcasts, audiobooks, and television while I perform chores or other mundane activities. While I find the chatter of dialogue through my earbuds to be a great comfort, I also realize that my split attention rips me away from my surroundings. It can be tempting... Continue Reading →

Pencil It In

Dear Reader, Sometimes “finding the time” can feel like a treasure hunt rather than a simple task. We’ve all got things going on, but on occasion our schedules feel like too much to handle. I am lucky enough to have a manageable calendar this spring, however, with an irregular work schedule and a course, settling... Continue Reading →

Alone with People

Dear Reader, Clacking keyboards, clanking appliances, and clucking customers make up the soundtrack of Starburcks on a Wednesday afternoon. I am sitting alone in a corner huddled over my laptop in a small café filled with teens, the odd-adult, and a few hardworking twenty-somethings. It is an interesting experience to be alone in a public... Continue Reading →

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