Vulnerability is a privilege, not a right

Vulnerability is a good thing. It's an honest thing, it's a relationship-building thing, and it's a brave thing. I think one of the hardest things about being human is being intentionally good at vulnerability, both in the choosing to be and being vulnerable with, and in the being a person people can be vulnerable with…

The paces of reading

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a herniated disc. This meant a total cessation of all high-intensity physical activity, which meant I had to cease doing several of the major things that bring me joy and keep my happy hormones regulated and high. The rest has been wonderful for my back (and probably my…

Bound to my word (apparently)

When a person articulates an idea, they are less likely to change their minds because they must first admit that they were initially wrong. Maintaining an erroneous notion, such as a first impression, causes less anxiety than admitting an error and adopting another position.Psychologytoday.com I found a couple things in these two sentences fascinating. 1).…

A time for self-reflection

Good god, this COVID-19 situation is scary. I'm so glad to see U.S. citizens taking it seriously; my heart has been warmed at the ways people are taking care of each other. I hope that you are reading this safe at home with a full pantry and a plentiful but not hoarded amount of toilet…

On living a full life

What does a "full life" mean? What are its parts? How does one do it? I recently bemoaned how often I default to reading when I have free time, and how I rely too much on books to fill my moments. What I had in mind were all the OTHER things I love doing --…