being busy

Int., cafe. WOMAN enters, catches sight of OTHER WOMAN. WOMAN: OMG, it's been forever! how ARE you? OTHER WOMAN: Busy! Good, but So Busy!! WOMAN: I know, right? Where did this come from? I catch myself saying it all the time, whether it's true or not. Like it's a virtue. A badge of honor. Like... Continue Reading →

Compassion.

Ask yourself what’s missinig in contemporary news and discourse. What underlies divisiveness and hate speech. What makes some encounters (with a police officer, or a doctor, or someone you expect to care) so completely demoralizing. And what causes hopelessness and pain and substance use and. . . My answer: compassion is missing. When a person... Continue Reading →

Let’s talk yoga!

I practice yoga pretty much every day. And since I moved to Portland, one of my favorite spots is Woodlawn Yoga, which is in my neighborhood and a short walk away. It gives me a great home base where I can always drop in even if I decide at the last second that I want... Continue Reading →

Anxiety is real. So are you.

I’m feeling anxious today. Sometimes anxiety is internal; I feel it bubble up from inside and it vibrates me, starting in my chest, with a physical quality. Sometimes it’s external, and I can pin it to something happening in my life. Sometimes I just don’t know. It might feel existential, or rooted in the world... Continue Reading →

Teammates Rock.

Max and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. I don’t know a ton of people our age who have been married this long. We were not super young when we decided to do it— I was 26 on the day-of— and we’ve been together since college. We weren’t fully established as “adults” with our... Continue Reading →

Studentship

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to learn and how to be a good student. I teach students in a formal setting, when they’re enrolled in a university seeking a degree. These students are learning skills and knowledge with a direct purpose and application: to enter a profession. I also teach... Continue Reading →

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