Second guessing

January 2015, DC Metro Yellow Line: Just after L’Enfant station, the train jerked to a stop. It lurched and stalled again. It seemed like typical Metro — until smoke started seeping in. Curls wafted through the vents and door seams. First, it didn’t seem like a big deal, but it got thicker fast, and the…

Spiral Clearing

When I graduated and moved after college, almost everything fit into two footlockers, except for skis and luggage stashed in the car. The minimalism didn’t last long. Despite moving on a regular basis, we quickly grew beyond that level of simplicity. And now, we’ve been settled in one place for almost eleven years, so not…

Tell me a story

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.” – Mark Twain I’m sorry that I didn’t find out what spurred my parents to immigrate to the U.S.Or what it was like for them growing up in…

Stuff: Lighten up

“One of the reasons people get old – lose their aliveness – is that they get weighed down by all of their stuff.” ~Richard Leider “There isn’t even room for a puppy to lie down.” That’s how one friend described our other friend’s house. Patty had a neurological episode, similar to a stroke. When it…

Be Prepared –– A Labor of Love

“In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost. …What a wild, and rough, and stubborn wood this was, which in my thought renews the fear!” ― Dante, The Divine Comedy Many years ago, I was recently graduated, newly married, and…