No, not a running record (but stay tuned for that post soon) - a work record! I'm about to break my full time job tenure record. As of this Thursday, I'll have been at LogRhythm for 3 years. I lasted 2 years and 11 months at the job before this one, although in theory I … Continue reading It’s a Record!
So now that my big day is here (yay!!!) and now that you've read my thoughts on my life at its midpoint and who I am, what do the people in my life think about me? I asked them all to submit a statement for this final blog entry. No rules—could be funny, sad, irritating, … Continue reading Turning 40: What Does Everybody Else Think?
What sets me apart from most people in my life is that I was alive when Jimmy Carter was president. Then, when I was one, Ronald Reagan took office and we moved into the house my Republican parents live in to this day. I began a lifelong love of reading in that house by going … Continue reading Turning 40: 40 Years in 40 Sentences
I've been fortunate so far to have lived my life surrounded by people who support me. My dad worked extremely hard his whole life to make sure I had not only my basic needs of shelter and good nutrition met, but also that I had opportunity to explore my interests, learn, and ultimately become a … Continue reading Turning 40: The People Who Changed My Life
At three days away from turning 40 years old, I haven't been published, and yet I continue to write and call myself a writer. I'm not published because I haven't ever submitted anywhere or queried an agent. Sure, I'd like to be published some day, but that's never really been the point for me. The … Continue reading Turning 40: Why I Write
Today's post is a continuation of yesterday's. These lists are more random, while yesterday's were more about who I am as a person. Things I've Quit Because My Ego is Too Big Girl Scouts in second grade because I wasn't voted president 4-H Club in third grade because I wasn't voted president Flute in fourth … Continue reading Turning 40: Lists, Part 2
Yesterday kicked off a week-long series of posts all about me as I'm about to turn 40. The next two posts contain lists. Factual, thoughtful, silly, defining, wishful, nostalgic - all sorts of lists about who I am at this point in my life. Something interesting to look back on in the coming decades as … Continue reading Turning 40: Lists, Part 1
Twenty-nine and seven one-thousandths. No, that’s not a fraction from the world’s worst third grade math problem. Twenty-nine is an age and seven one-thousandths of an inch is the diameter of an average human hair. When I was twenty-nine, a single, coarse, dark-brown hair sprouted from the underside of my chin. I already had a handful … Continue reading Turning 40: I Don’t Look 12 Anymore
When I was 21, I spent five months living in India. It was only the second foreign country I had ever been to, and the first was Australia, which didn't really prepare me for what I was about to encounter. The conditions people existed in—both their own physical bodies and the environment around them—were horrific. … Continue reading Being Dog’s Best Friend
Caveat: This post is long and a bit of a ramble. It has a lot of ideas in it that aren't fully formed and should probably be split into several distinct posts. It's more of a thought exercise about the role of place in one's life, which is the focus of a new writing course … Continue reading Manufactured Loyalty