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Reclaiming Joy

November 3, 2017

In my job as a Career Coach, when guiding a client who’s trying to figure out what work they want to do next, I ask them about peak experiences. When was a time they felt fully immersed? Tending a garden, training for a marathon, hiking Machu Picchu. Or eating ice cream on a hot summer day. And then I ask why.

Photo from The Anonymous Project

Bureacracy of Street Repair

November 2, 2017

I’ve become an expert in “raised asphalt.” It’s the term the City of Los Angeles uses for big bumps in the road. I know this term because for 4 months, I’ve been actively trying to get the asphalt repaired on a stretch of road that I take almost every day. The bump was so high it sent shock waves through my body each time my car crossed over it. It took more than a dozen phone calls to 3 different entities, including a member of the City Council. What finally pushed me across the finish line was a plea to the Mayor’s office, where I was put in touch with the “Infrastructure Supervisor.” Once I reached her, the repair was made in 3 days. #GovernmentWorks

Print by Anthony Burrill

Teachable Moments

November 1, 2017

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at not looking at my past mistakes with regret, because regret feels so powerless. I can’t change what happened, but I can learn from it. 

Photo by Paul Garcia

Candy Feast

October 31, 2017

What’s your favorite Halloween treat?

Illustration by Brian Coldrick

Couple Envy

October 30, 2017

I flew to San Francisco for the weekend, and on my Southwest flight, they handed out snacks. This was great, because I was in the mood for salt. Yet as much as I tried, I couldn’t pry open the bag of peanuts. (Maybe related – I also struggle unlocking pump bottles.) Embarrassed, yet determined, I eyed the person sitting next to me, and sheepishly asked for his help. Returning home yesterday, there was another round of snacks. This time, I passed. But I watched an elderly couple across the aisle. The woman also struggled with the bag of peanuts, and she let her husband do the work.

Cheese Lover’s End of Week Zen

October 27, 2017

Photo by Tekla Evelina Severin

Single Activism in China

October 26, 2017

Check out this IKEA ad, which has now been pulled.

Trying to Find Passion for Root Vegetables

October 25, 2017

Over the weekend, I savored my last taste of decent ripe tomatoes, when I slow roasted a pint of cherries and tossed them with spaghetti. Now I’m having to come to terms with tomato season being over. As a transitional dish, I cooked a chickpea and eggplant stew. Next step, rutebaga? What’s your favorite winter veg? 

Colored carrots from Things Organized Neatly

Halloween Inclination

October 24, 2017


Chart by Matt Shirley

Late October Steam Bath

October 23, 2017

As I draft this at 5pm on October 23, it’s 102 degrees in Los Angeles. Though the signs of autumn are evident with the fading light, we’re burning up here (figuratively and literally). 15 years ago, when I first moved to the Southland from San Francisco, I remember the evenings as usually cool, even in summer, which made for good sleeping weather. Now, it’s always hot. My dog Rose is not a happy camper. Neither is her Mom.

Photo by Loic Venance