Dram, Falernum, and the Blind: Rethink Pumpkin Spice and Rethink Blindness

What do pumpkin spice and blind people have in common? They are widely misunderstood, probably not what you think they are, and are made of many ingredients that might vary from one experience to another. More importantly, they both come out in full force in October, the former in celebration of the onset of fall … Continue reading Dram, Falernum, and the Blind: Rethink Pumpkin Spice and Rethink Blindness

I Got This

Who knew back around December when I drafted my 20 For 2020 that many of these items would be weirdly upended, achieved or not achieved for completely unexpected reasons, or weirdly more or less relevant than I might have expected. Most interestingly, was my choice of theme for the year: I got this. I definitely … Continue reading I Got This

Day 44 and Things Have Never Been Greater. Is It OK To Say That?

This morning I woke up to my 44th day of being at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter in place orders. And everything in my universe is pretty well in order. Let me right here acknowledge the relative privilege I have to be in the position I am in. I worked for … Continue reading Day 44 and Things Have Never Been Greater. Is It OK To Say That?

20 for 2020: #1 Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

Item #1 crossed off the 20 for 2020. Sort of. OK, not really, though important progress is underway. After returning from the Peace Corps in December 2015 and it became clear that repayment loomed following deferment while serving, I took the easy way out and set up those recurring minimum payments and figured I’d come … Continue reading 20 for 2020: #1 Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

19 for 2019: #18 Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

Progress made on this item: zero. Definitely rolling this important one over to keep it on my radar. My original loan amount and current outstanding balance is modest by many standards, as many years of community college and undergraduate work were heavily subsidized. I started making small payments before I needed to, I often paid … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #18 Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

19 for 2019: #17Adventures Every Non-Working Weekend (i.e. Leave Your House)

This one is really kind of hysterical now that I’m reviewing it, though it is said, you can’t manage it if you don’t measure it. I finally measured it, and I think I can safely say that while I definitely am a homebody, my habits are nowhere near agoraphobia levels of concern. And to be … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #17Adventures Every Non-Working Weekend (i.e. Leave Your House)

19 for 2019: #16 Actively Seek Joy

Last Thursday, I boarded a southbound Amtrak train from Oakland to San Diego early in the morning for a getaway I'd been looking forward to for a while--a long ride down most of the length of the state, a relatively unplanned couple of days, and a long ride back, with not much else to do … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #16 Actively Seek Joy

19 for 2019: #15 Manas Ait

It was right around this very time last year that I was drafting my 19 for 2019, and was starting to stretch a little for ideas. It was also right around this time last year that I was at an annually recurring program I do for my job that carries on a thirty-ish year tradition … Continue reading 19 for 2019: #15 Manas Ait