It's that time of year where we start thinking about the ways we can make our lives better (aka, time for RESOLUTION EXTRAVAGANZA). Sadly, many of our resolutions come out of a process that includes a whopping dose of envy. We see someone enjoying something good (whether a trait or an object) and we think, … Continue reading Envy: the fuel of resolutions (but it's not always a bad thing!)
Last year I wrote a series about my 12 joys of Christmas. It was fun, a little out of character for my blog in general, and ended up being a nice bit of fluff during a stressful time of year. This year, however, I'm feeling... blue. Melancholy. Grieving. I feel just as much joy as … Continue reading The hope of Christmas
It's less than a week to Christmas, so of course I am thinking about FOOOOOD. I am obsessed with creating environments. I love making places pretty, love picking out just the right candle scents, love finding the perfect music to evoke the right feelings for the occasion, and, above all, love finding just the right … Continue reading Christmas morning recipe alert: Overnight Lilikoi Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Awww, Wednesday was my last philosophy class for the semester. I didn't expect to say this going into a class dedicated to studying Marx, Freud, and Deleuze & Guattari, but it was my favorite class so far. I KNOW. Who'd a thunk I'd become a semi-Marxist at the ripe old age of 37? Now I … Continue reading In-Between Thoughts 12.11.19: are ideas real?
I was chafing a bit the other day over the realization that in order to be most effective at my job, I need to talk about giving and gifts in the simplest way possible. I've learned so much about the complexities of ways to donate, of why people donate, of the great scientific work being … Continue reading Your Brain on Philanthropy: Cognitive Ease
Lately, as I've been driving around town I've been listening to the soundtrack of the original production of Les Miserables. I cannot stop. Listening and singing along to the musical has become an incredibly therapeutic experience. Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer somehow managed to put into music and into song the richness of the 1862 novel … Continue reading A Song of Gratitude