Recently, I traveled to San Francisco for work to attend a (fantastic) writing workshop. And I was reminded of something: I love to travel by myself. I kept my hotel room, which overlooked the bay, ridiculously tidy just because I could. When I needed to be somewhere I could get ready leisurely but arrive in plenty of time. At home I'm so accustomed to the long list of tasks that must be negotiated and completed before we leave. To suddenly only worry about myself felt laughably simple. I also find being in an unfamiliar place slightly disorienting in a pleasing... Read more →


Kids say THE BEST stuff! And now that Cedric and Dashiell are playing together more I'm excited for more of the crazy and adorable conversations that I'll overhear between them. Here's what my boys have said lately at 4 years old and 2.5 years old ... Dashiell: An evil bad guy is badder than just bad guys. Excuse me, what planet are we on? I forgot. Excuse me, can you fall off a tightrope if there's a storm? Did you know me when I was a baby? We don't put a baby in a saber tooth tiger's mouth. Dashiell: I... Read more →


One of my favorite ways to avoid small talk - which I kind of hate - is to ask someone if they've read any good books lately or are listening to any good podcasts. And although I'm usually behind on movies and definitely on television shows I'll happily talk about those at length instead of about the weather.¬† So to avoid telling you about the hot, hot, humid weather, here are a few recommended reading + listening + watching from my list... Read more →