When You Don’t Think Like Them…

We like the idea that we should think alike. But it doesn’t always happen that way. When we stumble into one of those moments it’s easy to feel torn between saving our friendship and hanging onto our ideals.

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How to Take a Compliment

When I was 16, I read an article saying anyone could have a lot of friends by giving out compliments – like saying how much you like someone’s shirt or hairstyle. At the time, I wanted more friends, so I tried it. I can’t remember if it worked or not. Since I was really only doing it for selfish reasons, it felt fake and…

A Letter to My Lovers

In the beginning, we never imagine the end. . . Dear Mark You teased me relentlessly about being too young – that one year difference, between still in high school and post graduate freedom, seemed as big as an ocean at the time. But we hung in there for a while anyway, navigating the examined drama…

The End of a Kodak Era?

When I worked at the zoo in Indianapolis, in 1990, Kodak sponsored several “locations” within the zoo and posted signs indicating that particular spot was a Kodak “picture moment.” In front of the Kodiak Bears, along the walk to the Waters building, in front of a sculptural fountain, families posed for pictures. As an employee, I was…

The Old Man and the Sea

The warm saltwater swallowed my feet as I walked along the sand waiting for the sun to make its appearance. I hadn’t made it very far down the beach when I noticed an Old Man standing near the surf kicking a crumpled plastic water bottle out to sea. As I approached, he shuffled away, his back hunched…

Why You Should Stop Trying to Fix It!

I was very ready for a change! I spent weeks comparing paint chips taped to the wall like post it notes competing for my attention. I brought home plenty of samples from Lowes. I didn’t even bother to hide my patchwork colored walls over Thanksgiving. The whole startup was an experiment taking over my house.…