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February 27, 2019

Intro:

My dear friend Laura Lavigne is the founder of the Center for Happiness in Anacortes, Washington.  I was extremely blessed to spend six weeks near the end of 2018 living with her in Anacortes and helping out in small ways at the Center. One of the first things La...

February 24, 2019

What does it mean to trust? When I chose “trust” as my Essence of February, I was begging my mind for quiet. I was done trying to figure everything out. I wanted to take things as they came. I was determined to live the “one day at a time” motto that I had been careles...

February 21, 2019

On Monday, my brother and I went to the Whitney Art Museum in New York. We walked around, reading artist bios and talking about different paintings and media displays. A couple hours later, we left, still discussing our favorite exhibits.

Much later that night, I swiped...

February 17, 2019

There’s a commonly passed around phrase with some sort of unspeakable tragedy happens. The idea that one moment can change anything, the sentiment that you shouldn’t take the people you love for granted. All valid. All true.

I read another quote the other day though, on...

February 13, 2019

I hope today is filled with music and dancing.

I hope you start the morning with your favorite song and I hope you have the kind of breakfast that fills your tummy and your heart. That kind of cozy and nutritious combination that reminds you how much a good meal can cha...

February 10, 2019

I met a friend on the Upper East Side of Manhattan yesterday for coffee, which meant taking the bus east and then the subway south to our agreed upon meeting spot. I plopped onto the bus around 7:15 in the morning, settling in with my book as we slowly tumbled across 1...

February 6, 2019

I want to be a writer but I don’t always want to write.

Because sometimes the world feels too heavy.

Because sometimes it’s simply suffocating.

I want to write beautiful things but sometimes I can’t get past the mangled graveyard of unfinished short stories in my mind.

I w...

February 3, 2019

For those who don’t know, I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – something that instilled in me a healthy love of pierogis and professional sports teams. Above my desk in my New York City apartment, hangs a photo of the incline at Mount Washington and above my...

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