start small, but start.

A Facebook friend, Heidi Nord, posted this status a few days ago: “Some things I’ve done to change my life: 1. Got rid of my TV 5.5 years ago. 2. Quit a job I didn’t like. 3. Stopped overeating. 4. Did things to make me intensely happy. 5. Wrote a...

thinking thursday.

MIND That is one smart (and fast talking) 20-year-old. My friend Chi posted this on my Facebook page for Tess, who has a big brain crush on Albert Einstein. The photos and especially the captions made me very happy. BODY I used to drink it every afternoon at Penland,...

on gentleness, and being vulnerable

I’ve had this video on replay all day. The song starts at 1:00. Listen. There is a quality to his performance that is mesmerizing, magical. It is a quietness, a knowing, a vulnerability that opens up all kinds of space for me, any listener, inside the song. This...

peace to a trailblazer

I like to think that Sally Ride is now among the stars. May you rest in peace, trailblazer. (Photo: Located 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the beautiful chaos of a dense group of stars being...

in which tess writes a 3-page book.

There are a few parts to this story: Tess wrote a book yesterday, sitting at the table where I am writing. With Perry beside her, of course. She really wanted to publish it, and so we made a PDF of it. A local group is gathering resources to provide school supplies...