Good Tidings

standing in tall grass during fall

When current events turn sad, I often shutter the blog for a while. Social media, too. I don’t like to say that I retreat from the world, but in many ways I do. I like to press pause for a while and spend a lot of time thinking. I like to ponder apocalypse planning (although this could also be caused by excessive episodes of The Walking Dead and Homeland).

If you celebrated Thanksgiving last week, I hope it was everything you wished for.

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Happy Halloweekend! + Neighborhood Decorations Tour

frida kahlo halloween costume

Boo! Happy Halloween! In keeping with tradition, I put together a costume from the contents of my closet. You may remember this one from last year– I’m Frida Kahlo. She’s a favorite of mine, and I’ve always found her work deeply thought-provoking.

In addition to my Frida outfit, I also took a short walking tour through the neighborhood. We have a lot of excellent decorations this year. Everyone went all-out!

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Fall Wedding Season Begins

the start of fall wedding season | indoor fountain at the reception

I’m having a busy few weeks– I’ll be attending weddings and events related to weddings for practically the entire month! I’m hoping to have some time for writing. But if not, I’ll see you on the flip side.

New Year’s Blogging Resolutions Update

Red Torii at Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto, Japan

Can you believe we’re already over one-fourth of the way through 2015? Time has been passing really oddly for me this year. I don’t know where the past three months have gone– but if someone tries to remind me of something that happened in February, I keep thinking that no way, can’t be… that must have happened back in December!

It both seems like it was about a week ago and like it was about a year ago when I wrote my 10 Blogging Resolutions for the New Year. Right around this time of the year is usually when resolutions either stick or completely fall apart. In the hope that I can keep up my good work, I’m sharing what I’ve done successfully and where I can improve in the next few months.

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I Climbed a Mountain and I Turned Around

Sorrento Sunset

Oh, hey. New year, new name and all that. Or so I figure.

If you’ve ever met me in person, you know that I’ve never liked the name of my blog. I tried about 100 domain names (it felt like that, okay?) and I couldn’t get any of the ones I wanted. So my blog name was about the 100th runner up on the list.

However, this was back in the bad old days when the domains available were just .com and .net. These days, we have options. Which is why I’m now blogging at

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Snowy Winter Walk

snowy city

Dear Mia,

We’re getting quite a blizzard here so I’m planning on staying safely indoors until it passes through. This afternoon, I took the opportunity for one last walk (no taxis) before holing up in my apartment.

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