“Find the Helpers.”

“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”   Fred Rogers’ mom always reminded him of this whenever he would hear about an unsettling news story. I read this quote in the book, The World According to Mr. Rogers, (must-have for everyone’s library – great pick-me-up for rainy days!) and it…

Fly.

I walked outside this morning, and found myself feeling jealous of the woodpecker hanging out in the tree in my front yard. Sounds silly, I know. It wasn’t because I have a weird desire to be a bird; I was more jealous of the woodpecker’s wings, and its ability to fly. When you’re in a…

Sonder

    I was reading through a blog written by someone I knew back in high school, and I came across a new word – sonder. It is a word used to describe the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. As a writer, it’s pretty…

International Happiness Day

    I struggle HARD with comparison. Actually, I’m practically driving the struggle bus. Even on my best day, it’s so hard to visit social media and see people’s highlight reels. Sometimes, it makes you want to reevaluate your life in order to somehow get up to so and so’s level in life. And you…

Fast Car

Today has not been easy. I’m not really one to complain, but it seems as though I’ve hit the season of life where I’ve gotten kicked down so many times that I’m contemplating staying down here and making friends with the family of otters that inhabit this fine place. In between crying spells, the song Fast Car…

Reintroducing the Thank-You Note

While Jimmy Fallon has brought some humor into the seemingly mundane task of writing thank-you notes every week, he is also a genius for using his fame to help bring back this lost art that shouldn’t have disappeared in the first place. With so many different options of stationary to choose from, along with the creation…

Desktop Thoughts: Paitence

You know that phrase, “patience is a virtue” ? I didn’t really get it growing up, but now that I’m older and in the working world, it’s starting to make sense. Our society is one that favors instantaneous results over anything. We hate the phrase, ‘be patient’, because we’ve adopted the idea that anything that…

Desk Thoughts : Mindless Escape

Plants vs. Zombies is a game I discovered back in college and immediately became obsessed with. I found it again recently, and rekindled the love. Playing this game got me thinking about outlets that we all need in order to survive our daily lives. Plants vs. Zombies allows me to forget about my tasks that…

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

” Is there something you’re not telling me?”

If you look in my blog’s archives, you will find the story of my dad and his cancer diagnosis that ultimately led to his passing. This isn’t a retelling of that story, but more of a continuation with a new leading character. The grieving process after losing a parent is one that lasts a lifetime….

Life with Dad

My very first car ride was with my father. I was only a couple of days old, and he was so excited to get me home and introduce me to my new world. Having him as a dad made my life as a baby awesome. Him and I would have endless conversations about our days,…

I Choose You

I was having  a conversation with a friend one night over sushi. She had recently gotten out of a long-term relationship, and we were discussing what we thought was the secret to making a relationship transition into marriage and beyond. After a few moments of silence, my friend comes up with her answer. ” In…