Musings

love (and grief) in the time of corona

love (and grief) in the time of corona

Today marks exactly four years since Nap died.  It feels like I’ve been straddling two parallel universes since - the one in which I am a happy, well-adjusted, and productive friend, sister, partner, business owner, and human; and the one in which I am that but also still broken in invisible places.  This second world is filled with meanings and memories and ghosts and love and so much grief that it feels impossible and uncontainable, even years later.   I always talk about grief as one of the loneliest experiences, despite it being one of the most universal.  I imagine all...

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Why I Shop Small

Why I Shop Small

Hi all, Holiday season is coming up, which means that many of us are faced with the annual question of who to buy presents for, what to get them, and from where. As one of the many voices exhorting everyone to shop from small and independent stores and makers, it's got me thinking about my own spending habits, and why I actually think it's important to shop small. For me, it goes even beyond the important economic benefits of shopping at independent stores - it has to do with trying to live a life that is filled with more connection, intention, and...

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Whichever way you're going, you're already on the right path

Whichever way you're going, you're already on the right path

Graduation season is almost upon us, which is such a wonderful time of celebration and transition (and, if I remember correctly, perhaps also some ill-advised whiskey shots and full-blown panic about the future).  I'm headed off to my 10-year college reunion this month (!!).  I've learned and lived more in the last decade than I could have imagined since I put on a big polyester gown and stepped into the "real world" full-time. At the same time, I think it's telling that when I sat down to create cards for recent grads, I actually ended up writing with myself in mind. ...

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Reflections on love and loss, but mostly on love (three years later)

Reflections on love and loss, but mostly on love (three years later)

People say that 50% of a greeting card line should be birthday cards; I have about three times as many cards for grief and loss as I do for birthdays.  I guess it's because I feel like I have a lot more to say on the subject. Or maybe it's precisely because I don't know what to say, because I am still in the depths of figuring it out for myself and maybe by putting pieces of my own grief down on so many cards to send out into the world, my hope is that it will finally disperse or somehow...

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Why sometimes it's okay to be a pigeon

Why sometimes it's okay to be a pigeon

Hi all,March brings with it the promise of spring, a time of renewal and growth.  For those of us who have already, predictably lapsed on our new years resolutions, it seems like another natural time for beginnings, a second chance for making changes. I think that there's something really brave and hopeful about deciding to be a different person or to create a different life that is better than the one you have now, and I think a lot about the ways in which I'd like to be better, and all of the many areas for improvement. *   I'm only half...

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