Reverse. Shock. Shock. Shock

I went to my favorite international grocery store tonight, on a whim. I love this place. I love the chaos, and the colors and the wacky, miswritten signs. I love that I feel like I have stepped out of my home, and into another country. International waters. Usually, a visit is intoxicating. Tonight wasn’t intoxicating. … Continue reading

Conversations with Preschoolers

  Lucy is 4, almost 5. Iana is 2 1/2. They’re hysterical, and have no grasp of reality. Iana, upon exiting a public restroom into the shop: Where’s the pancakes!? Me: At my house, silly. Iana: This is your house? You live here!? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lucy (pointing to my beer): What’s that? Me: Daddy juice. Lucy: … Continue reading

Trying not to kill kindness

I haven’t had the best of weeks. By Thursday, I started feeling human again…and that’s when humanity could show it’s frightened face. Monday-Wednesday, I was wounded, battered and on edge. Tuesday, I purposefully fell asleep on the couch before 8 pm. Too angry and pitiful to go away to my room. This was after the … Continue reading

Meandering

I visited a church today, for the second time in 2014. In the fall of 2013, I darkened the door of a church approximately 8 times, at least 3 of those were in another city while visiting family. My church “search” has been non-existent. I’ve put it off, at first I was desperate – but … Continue reading

I am grateful. I am grateful. I am grateful.

My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer this past week. I typed that sentence and stopped. No. No, he wasn’t. This must be a dream. Not the worst dream I’ve ever had, but one that has to end. It’s going to end, right? I just slept funny, mixed up my wakefulness and dreamstate. This isn’t … Continue reading

Unexpected

I met this girl once in Bangkok, because I watched her and her sister-in-law ask several Thai people for directions to no avail. No one knew where to direct them. I sighed, drug myself out of my over-stimulated-introverted haze, and offered to help. We spent, oh, perhaps 25 minutes together. Five minutes helping walking together … Continue reading

2013

For a mid western girl grown in the cornfields, 2013 was a year of intense change. I caught myself remembering an email I wrote to a friend after my senior year of high school. I was complaining about my family moving house, me starting a new job and announced my hatred for change. Since that … Continue reading

LIT COFFEE – Ethical gifting {GIVEAWAY!}

This is part of a Series. {I hope you’ll read the rest} When I became interested in fair trade, I couldn’t fathom where to begin. If I decided to be fair trade overnight, I’d go bankrupt and probably give up the next week. Perhaps I would have given up entirely. Actually, I did that a … Continue reading

Gifting with Ethics Pt 1

This is the beginning of a Series. {I hope you’ll stick around for the rest} There’s a whole lot of narcissism that erupts this time of year. At least there is in my life. Granted I COULD be giving extra money, or volunteering extra, or shoveling my neighbor’s sidewalk in the Christmas Spirit. The reality, … Continue reading