Behold, I baked a few breads. Bread and I are frenemies. My first attempt at bread years ago turned into a devastating situation. He was a pathetic little soul that came out of the oven better suited as border rock in a garden. The second attempt wasn’t any better, and he too, met the qualifications of a door stopper. I told myself there’s no point in attempting to accomplish this task when clearly I had no business trying. Plus, it’s carbs with a tendency to squatter on parts of the bodies for years claiming real estate for life.
Snow has arrived in Fairbanks, and its arrival covers all what was left of this past summer. I have been neglecting what I love to do most. The thing that allows me to breathe in the purpose of my existence. We all do that from time to time. But, I have been taking advantage of … Continue reading Ma Vie En Rose: The Colors of This Alaska Summer
A few months ago, I had a dream. I walked into my closet only to find a version of myself standing at the end. She (or I) was wearing my favorite black turtleneck, black pants, and an oversized peacoat. She was looking straight at me with a look that I know quite fondly. It’s … Continue reading Another Trip Around The Sun
It’s been a while.. This summer has been filled with such beauty, and busy-ness that I found myself continually being reminded to do what I love most: to write. Just simply write. And, to capture every moment; calcifying each one in writing. Part of the busy-ness included a quick trip down to beautiful Juneau. The … Continue reading July in Juneau
Let me tell you a story. Several years ago when my husband and our family moved into our first newly built home, we decided to plant several perennials around the house. Perennial plants return year after year and are low maintenance. I found them rather endearing since Alaskan winters are the most brutal, and yet … Continue reading Anattā Anātmam
Lately, I have been everywhere and nowhere. This is to say that those of us wanna-be writers often finds themselves stifling the writing with things that don’t require a lot of thinking, or emotional investment. If you’re an avid reader, and an enthusiastic fan of authors--you may have read how many of them succumb to … Continue reading Everywhere All At Once.
To acquire stillness in the mind is a difficult practice for many of us. The way we tackle our daily routines have led all of us into becoming multitaskers. Its difficulty isn't in the attempt to find the time to seek such stillness--it's the ability to recognize when it occurs that makes it difficult. … Continue reading Stillness.
Merry When I gift wrap the presents that are placed under the tree—my playlist is actually all hip-hop and rap songs. One year, right before Christmas, I ordered a red sweatshirt that had “Gangsta Wrapper” written on it. My family thinks I’m listening to Christmas music, when in fact, I have my earphones on and … Continue reading Merry, Bright, Anew, Proposal.
I have this fascination for a sense of joie de vivre; this feeling of pure joy, and before that the anticipation of joy, which I can try to explain as excitement. The anticipation of joy is just as important. There are several examples of these anticipations that has become a lost form of emotion … Continue reading Joie de Vivre
At one point, someone thought it must have been quite funny to do what they did years ago. It must have been intentional, and quite brilliant actually. Perhaps, whoever this someone did such a thing as an attempt to convey a message to those passerby who barely took the time to appreciate this observer. … Continue reading The Observer.