Letting Go

I know I’ve mentioned her before, but Danielle LaPorte is one of my favorite contemporary  thinkers and innovators, and I want to share with you her most recent “Burning Question” which is this: What would you be more of if you let go of the past? And what a question …

Homeward Bound

I went camping this weekend, in the midst of the redwoods in the northern part of the state. To tell the truth, I was not totally looking forward to it. I was stressed and anxious about a lot of different things, and I felt that I didn’t have time to …

Why I Write

I went to see The Expendables 2 yesterday. It was okay. There was a lot of shooting, a lot of things exploding, and a lot of not-very-good dialogue. (You are probably thinking: so what you’re saying is that it was an action movie.) But I really want to talk about the …

Time Peace

Time has always been a loaded concept for me. There never seems to be enough time. I am starting to realize, however, that there is actually just as much time as there is. I know that probably sounds confusing, but what I mean is, a day is 24 hours long …

Pride and Poffertjes

Poffertjes are a delicacy that I discovered recently. They are basically mini Dutch pancakes. They are served with butter and lots of powdered sugar, which basically means that they are delicious. But it also means that you shouldn’t inhale rapidly while you are eating them because you inhale a bunch of …

Balancing Act

In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, author Charles Wheelan wrote: “Your parents don’t want what is best for you. They want what is good for you, which isn’t always the same thing.” I believe that this is an important–if subtle–distinction. Thank God my parents taught me to eat …

Sailing Lessons

For me, life is a dance between persevering and knowing when to quit. My goal is to complete and publish my novel from a place of joy, and on the days when it’s not feeling joyful, it’s hard to know whether to power through or take a step back. But …

A Love Letter To–and From–Myself

I have been feeling pretty vulnerable recently, so I tried an exercise recommended by SARK, whom I mentioned in my last post as well. SARK recommends writing a love note to ourselves from the wiser part of ourselves, the part she calls the Inner Wise Self. Now, I have to …