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July, 2024

  • 20 July

    You Deserve to Flourish

    Sometimes, life doesn’t feel very lively. In 2022 and 2023, I spent an unusual amount of time watching Vera – the British crime show featuring a brilliant but grumpy female investigator. At the time, I was spending a lot of time working in the yard, putting in a vegetable garden, …

May, 2024

  • 27 May

    Life Without Likes

    In 2015, Isa (pronounced EYE-sa) Watson was in her 30s, and was leading what appeared to be an almost perfect life. She had three college degrees under her belt and an impressive background as a research scientist – she’d been the youngest chemist ever to publish a paper. Isa was …

April, 2024

  • 20 April

    Learning the Two-Step

    The summer of 2018, I visited Austin, Texas, intending to learn to dance the Texas two-step. I stayed for a week in a little Airbnb a half mile from the legendary Broken Spoke – the honky tonk bar and dance hall that since 1964 has become a landmark of country …

March, 2024

  • 24 March

    A Real Housekeeper

    Last summer I gave away my corkscrew. I enjoy wine, but my enthusiasm for imbibing the fermented grape waxes and wanes, and that summer the corkscrew was gathering dust. So when my neighbor Stefan appeared on my doorstep begging to borrow it, I told him to take it and keep …

February, 2024

  • 25 February

    Two Wheels or a Mule Named Buford

    There once was a lady by the name of Anne Mustoe, who lived in Southwold, a small town on the coast of England—also the home of the crime writer P.D. James, and you might know it as the location of the British drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Miss Mustoe was born in …

  • 2 February

    Open letter to Globe City Council opposing Bed tax changes

    City proposal ‘robs Peter to pay Paul’ as they cut funding to the Chamber and others to sustain First Friday The City of Globe has recently unveiled a proposal that essentially takes money away from the Bed tax organizations to support First Fridays. The plan involves channeling an additional $40,000 …

January, 2024

  • 31 January

    Resolutions for Realists

    I was today years old when I finally learned where the name of the month of January comes from. January, it seems, was named after the Roman god Janus, god of beginnings and transitions. Janus was supposed to have two faces, one facing forward and one facing backward, so he …

December, 2023

  • 24 December

    You Have the Right to Remain Silent

    Last Friday was a busy day – I had lots of errands to run, then I was meeting my new boyfriend, Joseph, at a local bar and grill for a quick dinner, and from there we were going to the opening of a friend’s art exhibition.  By the time I …

November, 2023

  • 23 November

    Make a Little Change

    Long ago, a man named Diderot lived in Paris. Diderot was a middle-aged man and had lived all his life in poverty, working as a writer and philosopher. But one day, Diderot came into money unexpectedly. All of a sudden, he had six figures in the bank and a generous …

October, 2023

  • 20 October

    Life Is Easier Than You Think

    Life can seem so demanding and frantic – so much to do, so many plates to keep spinning and fronts to hold down. Standards to live up to and accomplishments to chase, in the hope of reaching happiness. It can be exhausting. That’s why I was thrilled – and relieved …