Hey there! Are you looking for ways to brighten your day and maybe someone else's while we're isolating ourselves (if we're not essential workers)? I've found a few things that might help; they're happening in my neighborhood and town. 🙂 1) Consider putting up holiday lights, or even just a strand of white lights or … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: March 23, 2020
Hi! How are you? Today felt like spring here! It was gorgeous. I love winter, but I can also appreciate why people look forward to this season. Now, it's probably a false alarm/there may be more winter yet, but soon enough, spring will reign. I can't wait until my spring bulbs and plants start arriving! … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: March 9, 2020
Hiiii, August! 🙂 I love August (and Lughnasadh; hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely one!) because it really starts to feel like the year is on the wane, even if not weather-wise just yet. July is still so "high summer" in my head that it doesn't feel real yet. I've always been a fan … Continue reading Mel’s Monday Musings: August 5, 2019
Otherness. Long have I railed against the plague of Otherness pervading my country. If you are without food, I won't ask you who you voted for before sharing my sandwich. If you wreck your car outside my house, I'm not going to grill you on your religion or your legal status; I'm going to provide … Continue reading These Dark-Bright Days in America
Do you really think kindness is the answer to school shootings? I don't.
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I was going to write about this topic even before the despicable events of Charlottesville, VA. Now it feels even more timely and relevant. I freak out about spiders and jellyfish, but my greatest fear has nothing to do with creepy-crawlies or stinging sea critters. I call it "Born-raised-lived-died." Born-raised-lived-died is the unfortunate tendency, easily … Continue reading Born-Raised-Lived-Died: My Greatest Fear
As you might imagine, tattoos were one of the big Not No But Hell Nos in my circles growing up. I never really understood the objection, even with the whole "body as temple" mindset. Doesn't it make sense to decorate your temple as you see fit? I got my first ink as a very generous … Continue reading Why I’m a Big Fan of Ink
(A family member was hospitalized tonight, so this post is later than I'd planned.) January 20th, 2017, is unfurling. In mere hours, our 45th president will be sworn in. I love my country, and so (not "but," for it is because I love America that) I am afraid. I am disappointed, I am angry, and … Continue reading Raise Your Voice
Originally posted 02.11.16 on Facebook (I'll be porting a few more well-read posts in the future): I guess when someone asks you what advice you'd give a new mom, hysterical laughter isn't the answer they're looking for. 😀 The things I would have told someone a long time ago sure have changed! 1. All advice … Continue reading (M)advice