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When things fall apart

When things fall apart

Pema Chodron's When Things Fall Apart. Things are falling apart, and I am in the midst of that, and without a doubt, I see opportunity in every shift, and I see lovely things on the other side of all of those shifts. When I get right down to it, there is absolutely...

The right to fail

The right to fail

You have a right to fail. Sound strange? First, a quick story: When I was a teacher, I had this student who was failing. I'd given multiple chances to him to re-do things, none of which he took. He failed the class. He came to my office one last time, to argue his...

Hey there little girl

Hey there little girl

Circa 1987. Hey there little girl, It's been awhile since we last talked. Just wanted to let you know that I've been thinking about you--a lot. First, I gotta say--you are 100% sass and a half. Look at you! A red skirt! I don't remember owning cowgirl boots back then,...

Passion and play

Passion and play

Painting in my office. This weekend, Andy and I went by the DeYoung Museum's new exhibit of Impressionist paintings that are from one of my favorite museums in the world, the Musee D'Orsay, in Paris. Ohmigosh. So, so, so very beautiful. I left the museum that...

The sad place

The sad place

New Tattoo #2. I used to have clinical depression. I was not "having a case of the Mondays" or "feeling down." I was depressed. A lot of this was in high school, a naturally depressing time, and it infiltrated itself into my college experience, which felt sort of like...

Just be yourself

Just be yourself

Just being yourself is a precious thing. And in case you didn't know? Stripy socks are good luck. You matter. You are courageous, even when you don't know it. All of your mixed-up parts, the parts that are seemingly contradictory, come together to form something...