TBR List Declutter, Issue 43

Tangent: Attachment Parenting My daughter is considering residential camps for this summer. She’s done day camps since she was five years old, but sleep-away camp is uncharted territory for us, and we’re all kind of feeling our way around with this one. When we were expectant parents, my spouse and I made a conscious decisionContinue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 43”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 42

Tangent: Social Media Prune The title of this tangent is inspired by (stolen from) a recent podcast by Katy Bowman (episode #101: Social Media is (Still) Shaping Your Body), but I’ve been thinking about making a change in how I engage with social media for a long time. There are a few things driving this desire:Continue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 42”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 41

Tangent: The Best Defense My cat, Owen, turned eighteen this past February. He’s starting to look like a bit bony and a little scruffy, he sleeps even more than he used to, and sometimes I’m sure either his eyesight or his reasoning power aren’t what they once were. But he also plays enthusiastically with theContinue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 41”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 40

Tangent: Friends and Flatterers During lunch, my children and I have been listening to Stephen West’s “Philosophize This!” podcast. Recently we heard about Plutarch’s distinction between friends and flatterers. A friend, Plutarch (via Stephen West) says, is someone who will tell you the truth even if it’s not something you want to hear. They bankContinue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 40”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 39

Tangent: Physical Education None of us had any clue what field handball was, and my children had never taken a P.E. class before, yet here we were on a sunny San Diego winter afternoon on a field in the bottom of a bowl made of hills all around. We approached a woman holding a clipboard,Continue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 39”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 38

Tangent: On Letter-Writing For the past year, I’ve been exchanging letters with a prison inmate through the letter-writing ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Church of the Larger Fellowship. Because of the circumstances, this is necessarily a pen-and-paper conversation, and for reasons of privacy, it’s one that takes place via a kind of postal gameContinue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 38”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 37

Tangent: There are no obvious invertebrates in today’s Visual Interest, so it’s safe to tell you about “Chicken Casserole.” I put “Chicken Casserole” in quotes because I always think of canned soup and noodles or rice when I think of casserole, and in that sense, this isn’t a casserole. Rather than trying to figure outContinue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 37”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 36

Tangent: In León, Spain, last November, we’d just eaten a meal that included a selection of cured meats—jamón ibérico, chorizo, lechazo, morcilla, cecina. On the way back through the old part of the city to our apartment, we passed a shop that advertised many of the meats we’d just eaten. According to the sign, theyContinue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 36”

Bookends: January and February 2018

We started January with a cross-country road trip, and ended February with the sale of our house in Massachusetts and are only a few days away from closing on a house in California. No wonder I missed posting January’s Bookends. Never fear: Here’s a two-for-one post to catch both months at the same time. BooksContinue reading “Bookends: January and February 2018”

TBR List Declutter, Issue 35

Tangent: We’ve been living in temporary housing for nearly eight weeks, courtesy of my spouse’s relocation package. When we moved to Massachusetts in 2011, that meant living in an extended-stay hotel for two months. Here it’s a little nicer. We’ve got digs—a furnished two-bedroom apartment—in a luxury apartment complex in a neighborhood in which weContinue reading “TBR List Declutter, Issue 35”