The dichotomy of only and always

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns: but that is of interest to only pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees. –E.F. Schumacher I sometimes get caught up […]

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First impressions don’t always stay true, and then what?

Ever meet someone and think they’re awesome and then after you continue to develop a relationship with them, realize a few red flags may have been missing from that first encounter? Or maybe you met someone and your first impression was meh but it wasn’t until the fifth meeting you realized this was a relationship worth developing? Google quotes […]

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Inch by Inch, part February

I’m keeping a list in Evernote with the tag “note to self,” which I add to daily and read through weekly. Sometimes I don’t know what the hell I was talking about when I wrote it (perhaps I need a #notetoself to clarify notes to self). Sometimes they’re specific to a task that I don’t do on the […]

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Slow the f*** down

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? —Mary Oliver, The Summer Day This isn’t a prompt to get anyone thinking about life on a deeper level (of course, let it be whatever it is to you). For me this is a clear and marked reminder to slow […]

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Starting the year as a Chicagoan

2016 was a year of big change. In April my wife and I picked up and moved from Los Angeles to Chicago (after much discussion about where and when and how to do so). Then as if that huge change weren’t enough for someone who’s lived her whole life in Los Angeles, in November I made the […]

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2017 – a new chapter in the book of authentic realities

The New Chapter: Simplicity and Growth in 2017 2017, a new year in a new city. Now that I’ve pulled the shrink wrap off the year and am starting to get the pieces out and play around with 2017 a bit, I want to share some things that are working for me right now. While I’ve gone back […]

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