In the absence of data, our minds make up stories, and doing that is completely normal. But they’re exactly that: stories. Sometimes, we need to rewrite them.
Short version? A friend invited me to escape for a little while, and I said yes. And even though (a blessedly mild case of) COVID came home with me, it was a transformative trip for which I'm eternally grateful.
"I read your blog, so I feel like I already know you," the woman said. "My sister reads it, too; she lives in Pittsburgh." "Thanks," I said. "I've been taking a little break, working on some things behind the scenes." "Good," she said. And then this stranger who was also a friend and I had … Continue reading A few things: February through June 2022
Brief, sincere, and tactful. If you remember nothing else from what follows, below, then just remember these three words and you'll do fine. One of the things I've learned from having a small stationery business is that people often are reluctant to write notes because they don't know what to write, or how to express … Continue reading Something about writing condolence notes.
Almost six years ago, I started a new job. Having worked as a teacher, caterer, marketer, PR agent, government policy advisor, start-up founder, fundraiser, operations lead, and community builder, I was venturing into new territory, serving as executive director of an agency that focused on parents and children. Other parents. Other people's children. At least … Continue reading Something about kindness.
I'll make this one short because we got a 23 hour day yesterday, and I was already behind, even without Daylight Savings Time. (BTW, don't miss what Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, and Christopher Lloyd have to offer on that topic. Also, The Adam Project is great fun to watch.) In 10 (TEN) years of writing, … Continue reading The second best day is today.
For many years now you've heard me repeat the suggestion to pen handwritten notes. Handwritten notes are little treasures for the recipients, and the act of writing them is a particular and special kind of gratitude practice that may be trendy to talk about now but that has always, always been true. One of the … Continue reading How to write a simple note.
It's December. Go ahead, say that out loud and see if it sounds any better spoken than in your head. D*E*C*E*M*B*E*R Didn't we just have December, like four months ago? (I even wrote about it, and offered a recipe for cheese grits and a video tutorial on making pretty candles using Oui yogurt jars. Where … Continue reading A few things: November/December 2021