Learning to be vulnerable in writing and life

“Do you ever have dark thoughts?”

My best friend from high school looked at me, paused, and then said, “Yes.”

I nodded. That’s all I needed to know.

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Reflecting on the windows I’ve known and loved

“Desirable views have a hint of mystery. We like to understand and enjoy what is happening around us, and to imagine that if we traveled from where we are into the unknown we would meet with pleasant surprises…” – Psychology Today

When we first arrived back to Thailand, the skies were muddy and grey. They didn’t possess white bright clouds that you wished you were rolling around in. This was late January.

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On morning routines, goals and habits

On morning routines, goals and habits

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I’ve gotten good at consuming information on the web, of late, and I’m not sure if that is exactly something I should be proud of, but there it is. As a result, I’ve started to gain a clearer picture of what goals and habits mean to me. For months now, I’ve been trying to hone in on a better morning routine.

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Do you keep a journal?

Do you keep a journal?

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For a long time, I’ve been keeping a morning journal. Originally, I did it as a necessity and it’s been my constant, true friend. Perhaps it’s self-indulging, as some might say, but as far as I can tell, it has helped me throughout my days and provided an anchor when I felt astray. I’ve been keeping a journal for many years – let’s just say for as long as some of you readers have been alive…egats.

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Forever 32....[disclaimer, I'm nowhere near 32]

Forever 32 (I’m getting old and it’s not looking pretty)

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Which college courses had the most impact on you?

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My first perfectly intact projectile point find, on the job, at the Ute Mt. Ute Reservation. [Cortez, Colorado, circa 1995]
As some of you already know, I didn’t take high school very seriously, so I had to go to community college first. At the time, I was embarrassed because my friends went off to major state universities all over the country. Looking back, I’m glad I took the cc route. Community college was a very cost friendly way for me to figure out what I wanted to do and get my grades back on the right track. I also had to get myself academically sorted out by taking pre-college courses. (I hate math.)

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Has living abroad changed the way you dress?

I'm so American and so can you. [Magic Mountain, baby. 2008]
I’m so American and so can you. [Magic Mountain, baby. 2008]
It started off with shoes, but then it became a bigger question. Does where you live change the way you dress?

Yes. A resounding yes.

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