Maya Angelou for the soul

This morning Maya Angelou passed away at age 86. The world knows her as a poet, a novelist, an actress, and an activist who gave us words and dance and a life of invaluable teachings. She was a writer with her life, and also, a writer of…

26 of the most important things ever

These tiny 26 things I know. And that might be it. Love, 26 years of screwing up and succeeding, caring too hard and sometimes not hard enough *     *     * 1. Start each day like it’s your last day ever birthday….

What I know about marriage (after 3.4 years)

I’ve written this post for no other reason than that I was recently reading Elizabeth Esther’s post What I know about marriage (after 16 years) and was inspired to tag on. Her post is far better than this one. What I know is just… what I know….

Goodbye but not forever

Happy 2014! I’m celebrating — and missing — the year behind. I wrote most of this post in my head two weeks ago from above the Tasman Sea… the beginning of a long route home, and of another new life. * If you ever get…

The beginnings of Dreamshare

Dreams are the foundation of all hope. Dreams grow in us, fill our hearts, give us courage, and lead us into the future. Dreams make us believe in the possibilities of tomorrow. (from sharemydream.org) It’s amazing what you learn when you ask children what their…

Hakuna matata, the Kilimanjaro way

Ordinarily, I’m not one for bragging since I think it errors on the side of pathetic. But I must be in the lower percentile of people who have managed what I did yesterday, so brag I will: I was carried (technically, pushed and bounced) down…

Recipe for breaking the cycle of poverty, as I saw it

I don’t much follow recipes. It’s how come my brownies always turn out extra chocolatey, my 12-muffin batch into 17 , and my spaghetti sauce hints at cinnamon. I save a lot of recipes though. I recently took 14 photos of recipes from a single…