candle ATB
essay

The Season of Light

The holiday season is meant to be light: a collective festive mood as one year closes and a new one begins. And, yet, the holidays can be stressful. It can be a time when buried emotions come to the surface as we spend time with loved ones. For me, such emotions have come with a… Continue reading The Season of Light

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Art, essay

Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately, for a few reasons. I've just turned 40. Twenty-twenty has come to a close, and we're at the start of a new year. It's a time to think about new mountains to climb, starting with clear intentions. I've been ambitious since I was a kid. When you're… Continue reading Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

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Art, essay, garden

Garden Buddha

We bought a Buddha statue from a local chain store called Rups Big Bear (fun and useful finds at great prices!) about a year ago, and it's been a wonderful edition to our yard. I used to display it in a corner of our pool, imagining that it watches benevolently over our surroundings. I've since… Continue reading Garden Buddha

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Art, essay

The View at 40

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I turn 40 this month. The official start of middle age. Wow. It's a milestone. A good time to take stock, as I typically do on my birthday. I give the last year a thumb's up. I aim to make progress on at least one thing every year, and in my… Continue reading The View at 40

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Art, Music

Music for Meditation: Bird on a Wire

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett Here's an original composition of mine that I recommend for meditation. I'm not a practitioner of classical meditation, but I do practice reflection regularly to understand my mental states. This practice of reflection combined with a fitness regimen helps me to (putting it generally) deal with life. As you listen to… Continue reading Music for Meditation: Bird on a Wire