I could have called this post Christmas miracles, but that would be hyperbolic and hokey. I mean, it's not like I found a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun under my non-existent Christmas tree this morning. However, two unexpected events at the Little House on the Prairie have really made this month even lovelier than planned. … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: It’s Never Too Late
I love nature. I love nature in little ways, such as letting spiders stay in my house in whatever corner they decide to weave their webs. I love nature in medium ways, such as not getting mad about the goats peeing on my yoga mat at goat yoga because I was so thrilled a goat … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: The Line
As of today, I have officially had a downtown Boulder address for six months. Once upon a time, I lived in a city of 12 million. Now I live in a town of 100,000. Sure, that's ten times the size of the town I grew up in, but it is still very, very small. Unless … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: Where Everybody Knows Your Name
The real C word has eight letters, not four. Children. Children are the ultimate make or break point of any relationship. They aren’t something you can negotiate on. Or, at least, you really, really shouldn’t. Either you want them or you don’t, and giving in to a partner’s preference is asking for a lot of … Continue reading The Real C Word
I did a thing over the long Fourth of July weekend; I set foot in the only one of the 50 states I hadn't yet. Idaho! When my company sent me to Portland, Oregon for a conference earlier this year, I realized that only Idaho remained and I needed to seize the opportunity. Aside from … Continue reading But…Puerto Rico?
On June 2, 2016, I went to a local animal shelter and brought home what was supposed to be a barn cat. I lived in a house that was built into the side of a mountain where mice and other small critters were common invaders, so I thought it would be good to have an … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: Zorro the Wonder Cat
My favorite day of the year has arrived. The sun is with us for a glorious 14 hours and 59 minutes today, which is about 40 minutes fewer than it would be if those pesky mountains weren't in the way. Or about 4 hours fewer than if I were in Homer, Alaska, as I was … Continue reading Happy Solstice!
Today marks three months that I've been living in Boulder proper, in my Little House, and so far, life in The Bubble has been pretty damn great. Yes, friends, that's right. I said I like living in Boulder. My Colorado friends will not believe those words were typed by me. For years and years while living in … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: Not Drinking the Kool-Aid, But…
I recently starting rereading Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Senses, which I read for the first time approximately two years ago. The book is an exquisite and vivid journey through our five senses and how they guide and influence our interactions with the world around us. It’s a beautiful piece of writing that … Continue reading Sanctuary 2.0: Re-Engaging the Senses
People in Boulder are, well, to put it nicely, eclectic. No, I'm just going to say it. They are weird, really weird. As much as I enjoy the extreme friendliness of the overwhelming majority of people I interact with in town, there's a reason I live in isolation in the mountains. But even so, I … Continue reading Boulderites: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Part 1)