Share the road

Even though my neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, it’s very pedestrian-friendly and I go for lots of walks. When I’m out, there are always others out and about doing the same by themselves, in groups, with dogs (and dog-like cats) and/or children in tow, at fast paces, at slow paces, birdwatching,…

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Life truths at 39

Over the last year or so, I’ve been jotting down life truths I’ve learned—many the hard way—in an email draft as I’ve thought of them. Since my 39th birthday (actual 39th, not “39th”) is fast approaching, I figured I’d share what I’ve collected so far. It’d be awesome if my…

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2023 in review

We did it again! We made it through another year! I found myself comparing 2023 to 2019 a lot this year, probably because it was the first one to resemble life before the pandemic started. 2019 was a really good year for me: I traveled to the beach, the mountains,…

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Catching energy

Energy can be contagious. I remember a strategy from public speaking classes and teaching: when you start presenting, match the energy in the room. If you want to change it, gradually get to the energy level you want as you present. I’m not sure if this is still considered a good…

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Listen completely

My friend Jim recently posted a Hemingway quote as an Instagram story and it caught my attention. The quote was, “When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe.” I’ve been in a lot of workshops and trainings that…

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One Rare Experience 2023

Last summer, I attended One Rare Adventure, which is an adaptive camping experience for young adults (18-35) living with rare diseases hosted by the nonprofit One Rare. We camped at a site on the edge of Lake Superior and went on a couple kayak trips on the lake. I joined…

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Everything I watched and read while sick

Gone are the days of watching daytime talk shows, movies my grandma recorded from the Disney Channel onto VHS tapes, or scratched-up DVDs when home sick. Now, we stream. In my last post, I half-jokingly suggested I’d share everything I watched and read while suffering from the ‘rona. Without further ado, here’s…

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COVID as a care-partner

Hi, it’s been a while. The last time I posted, I shared an ebook I wrote in 2019 but never published. I made some updates to it, particularly because I wanted to add a section about COVID, and finally published it with a sense of urgency last month. The sense of…

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