When I was a teenager, I was in love with an Irish boy I met at a summer camp. He sent me beautiful love letters. He told me Tilt by Scott Walker was amazing. I bought the albums he recommended. I bought the Tilt CD. I convinced myself I liked it. I wanted to have… Continue Reading Tilt

My advice on breakups on Mashable

And Lauren Hudgins, a digital strategist, has a similar rule. She copies and archives everything relationship-related that’s on her phone, and stores it in a place she doesn’t frequently look. “Delete from all places you usually look,” she advises. From “Wiping your ex from your phone is now an important breakup ritual” on Mashable

Chemo Survival Kit

I recently found out that my friend’s husband had stage four kidney cancer that would require aggressive chemotherapy. I asked around to cancer survivors about what I could do to help out with the misery of chemo. The most common suggestion was to help with household chores—grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning—but I live too far away… Continue Reading Chemo Survival Kit

Orcas Island Lit Fest

I’m planning to volunteer for the Orcas Lit Fest on Orcas Island the weekend of April 13-15, 2018. The festival aims to “bring together people who love to read books with respected authors, poets, and editors for a dynamic series of panel discussions, writing workshops, and a ‘Lit Crawl’ around the Eastsound village.” I’m excited… Continue Reading Orcas Island Lit Fest

Banana Bran Muffins

It’s another recipe from my dead mom’s recipe box. You can find the text of this banana bran muffin recipe here. This recipe mentions both Kellogg’s and Promise by brand name. On the back of the recipe clipping is an ad for Promise Spread. I made two substitutions. I used whole milk instead of skim… Continue Reading Banana Bran Muffins

Sesame Chicken with Noodles

It’s another entry from my dead mom’s recipe box. This is the only recipe that was not taped onto an index card, so I assume it was the last or one of the last ones added. This recipe mentions Reynolds Wrap by name and appears to come from one of their advertisements. This is another… Continue Reading Sesame Chicken with Noodles

Ambiguous Loss

My counselor recommended that I read Ambiguous Loss because she saw themes of unresolved anxiety and sorrow from my aunt’s terminal cancer and my father’s declining physical health. I didn’t get around to reading the book until after my aunt had already died, but the author, Pauline Boss, covers grieving the inevitable loss of a… Continue Reading Ambiguous Loss