Dreaming and Doing with a Dry Erase Board

Recently, I got a lease renewal notice from my landlord taped to my door. I opened it, puzzled, because I moved into this apartment in October more than three years ago. Ownership had changed a year ago, and they were changing terms and getting caught up with residents. Luckily, they gave me more than a month to decide if I was going to renew my lease and for how long. Weirdly, when I get my lease renewal, I start dreaming of impermanence and travel. I guess that when you have a mortgage and a house or condo, you take a … Continue reading Dreaming and Doing with a Dry Erase Board

The Resolution of Gratitude and Thank You Notes

  “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”–Melody Beattie When we were little, my mother always made sure we wrote thank you notes to friends and relatives for the gifts we received for birthdays and Christmases. In later years, my grandmother and great-aunt had saved some of those letters and shared them with us. We laughed together, remarking on the childhood cursive and … Continue reading The Resolution of Gratitude and Thank You Notes


The holidays come careening like a noisy parade, despite their arrival in the midst of the quiet beginning of winter. For a bit, we forget about the silence, while decorating and baking and wrapping and celebrating. It is in the darkest time of the year, that we find the meaning of light and look forward to its arrival. One of my favorite rituals is taking down the Christmas tree and all the decorations, at the end of the holiday season while the year is still young. Some people I know, as soon as the last present has been unwrapped, swiftly … Continue reading Unadorn

A Resolution Run

On New Year’s Eve, on the mostly empty campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, a few runners and public radio supporters get together for the Resolution Run 5K, a fundraiser for the independent and local public radio station KRFC. Over the last decade, I have participated in this race five or six times and it just might be one of my favorite traditions ever. It’s small, low-key, and even in the midst of winter, it has grassroots. The race is scheduled early in the evening, so those that need to get their party on to ring in the … Continue reading A Resolution Run