Life Lessons From Clearing Out the Pantry and Freezer

I feel most comfortable at home when my pantry, freezer, and refrigerator are full. It feels cozy and secure. I like having staples nearby to mix with my scores from the summer farmers’ market. It’s nice to be able to make dinner for a friend at the last minute with the never-ending supply in the kitchen. Sometimes, though, the bounty can be too much. This summer in an effort to save money and reduce waste and make space and clear out, I have been playing a game to deplete the contents of my kitchen. I have also tried to limit … Continue reading Life Lessons From Clearing Out the Pantry and Freezer


“That’s the way things become clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they’ve been all along.”–Madeleine L’Engle, The Arm of the Starfish, 1965 Have you ever had a moment when something was clear suddenly? It might be literally or figuratively. I recently have had a few of those instances. I washed my car’s window and boom! Clear. I wiped off my sunglasses and realized there had been a film of bug spray smearing the lenses, so when I put them on again it was so much easier to see. I cleaned both my bedroom and bathroom … Continue reading Clear

Celebration and Ritual

Some people ignore their birthdays. Some people celebrate them. Some celebrate in grand fashion. Some do not. I usually have been one who did not really celebrate, but secretly wanted someone to make all the arrangements for a big party. With my birthday in the middle of the summer, getting people together for a celebration often has been tricky. Numerous times growing up, we were out of town visiting my dad for summer birthdays. In college, and then in my summer seasonal work as an environmental educator, I often have not been around the people I knew best. Usually my … Continue reading Celebration and Ritual

True Colors

In the past couple of months, I have been experimenting with hair color. It’s not my first foray or flirtation with different colors, but this summer I have been throwing away all caution and going by gut and pretty dye boxes. You could blame it on age, or my summer working with teenagers, but I think I just wanted to try something different. It has been loads of fun to say the least. I have enjoyed perusing the neon colors at the beauty supply store. I have loved the glimpses of strange hues in the morning when I brush my … Continue reading True Colors