Things Mikayla Says

Mikayla is my best friend’s little sister. She is 12 years old. She is also my (non-legally) adopted sister*, as I live with her and her amazing family every time I go to… Continue reading

Visiting Mountains, by Ted Kooser

  Visiting Mountains   The plains ignore us, but these mountains listen, an audience of thousands holding its breath in each rock. Climbing, we pick our way over skulls of small talk. On… Continue reading

A Hike to Taggart Lake

On Sunday last week I decided to go for a short hike. First though, I slept in til 8 a.m. (that’s super late for a bird bander, we normally wake up around 4… Continue reading

Sign Spotting: Part 2– Canadian Signage

For some reason, it seems like a lot of my sign picture collection comes from Canada. Maybe I just paid more attention to signs because I was traveling alone, and I had the… Continue reading

I’m the Paperblog Blogger of the Day!

Paperblog made me their Blogger of the Day!   Since you may be wondering “What is Paperblog?!?!”, I pulled this from their website for your edification (and edited it a little). You’re welcome.… Continue reading

A Postcard from Cambodia

I got this in the mail the other day: “An elderly Cambodian woman puffs locally grown tobacco.”  This is what the back says:   Smithy, How’s Boulder? Cambodia and Vietnam are HOT! but… Continue reading

Sign spotting: Part 1- Personal Safety

My little brother loves the Signspotting books. He owns them all. I know this, because he has shown them all to me. Repeatedly. He typically goes through phases where he is fairly obsessed… Continue reading

A Few Things That Make Me Happy

A Few Things That Make Me Happy A List In No Particular Order       savoring a cup of tea while wrapped in a blanket in front of the woodstove. waking, realizing… Continue reading

Ohio Wesleyan University Reunion Note

In May of 2014 it will have been five years since I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. Five. That’s a long time, and yet not. I feel like I haven’t done that much. Which… Continue reading

My sister the Thrifting Queen

My sister Megan is the Queen of Goodwill. That’s a fact. Abba even did a song about her:   Ooooo she’s a Thrifting Queen, young and sweet, only seventeen*, Thrifting Queen, feel the beat… Continue reading