The day before my April 20 knee surgery, I was scared. I knew what I was in for and it wasn’t going to be pleasant. I was desperate for a distraction, so I pulled out my credit card and starting buying stuff online that I’d had my eye on for awhile, including a custom-made ukulele.
I dislike being new at anything. It makes me feel uncertain and lost and frustrated, none of which are my favorite feelings. Yet despite this, I’ve taken up both the art of painting with pastels and the ukelele. I’m confident I’ll figure out the ukelele—it’s just learning notes and practicing. But art…? Most of the […]
By focusing the discussion on voter fraud, we are missing a much larger problem: voter suppression.
The pandemic has had interesting side-effects in our household. To combat the stress, Melissa pursued her love of orchids. I’ve pursued a different addiction.
I still have lots of yarn from our sheep, and am ready to start dyeing yarn again this summer. Want to join me?
I might have purchased this excellent book (Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, by Emma Byrne) in search of a justification for swearing more … and I found it!
We are not used to having neighbors who can actually see us. For 25 years the only living creatures who passed by our windows were deer, raccoons, birds, and sheep.
I may look calm, but inside I’m sort of an anxious person. Sometimes reading fiction just winds me even tighter. But to my surprise, nonfiction has become my medication. If I need to calm down, to banish my often irrational anxieties, I ignore fiction and reach for nonfiction. With nonfiction, my heart rate returns to […]
If you’ve ever seen the Friends pivot scene, you know how difficult it can be to pivot when moving a sofa up a too-small staircase. Pivoting is hard work, whether you’re “pivoting” a sofa, or a life. For twenty-five years my life and my writing career have been centered on sheep, and on our farm. […]
I spend a great deal of time escaping from my life through daydreams. I always have. The critical thing to know here is that I have a fine life. Good parents, safe childhood, boring adolescence, stable relationship, etc. And even though I’m trying to stay engaged in this insane political situation, I still need to […]