Another location bites the dust! It's odd to say that I'm not a very easy traveler, but it's true. It feels very serious to me, and I think I am always trying to prepare for a move, instead of a day trip or a vacation. Today, I was so very happy to go and visit… Continue reading Travel Checklist
I'm at a party, and haven't in fact finished the drafted post for Saturday. I'm still updating because I said I would, every day, but wow! This is the feeling of falling behind. That's ok with me - I've got friends, pizza, some very heated political discussions, and enough laughter to get us through the… Continue reading It’s a Saturday Party Post
Some reflections on language and listening. In thinking about how difficult it can be to speak French, especially in a complex, professional context, I rarely spend enough time thinking about the necessity and utility of listening. As often happens when listening to a French conversation, it is imperative that I am always thinking ahead to… Continue reading Listening :
To celebrate the three day weekend, E and I got out of the city. We went for a long walk in one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen in my life. It felt fitting for a holiday where people usually give each other flowers; we didn't buy any from the dozens of people selling… Continue reading May Day!
A short list of post-friendship exercises. I wrote about the abrupt end of two very important friendships earlier this month. I've been gentling myself through processing how I've been feeling. I've had to accept that I'm grieving. One of the things holding me back from accepting that I would have to grieve these friendships was… Continue reading Processing Power
There was a small shooting yesterday, and perspective is important. We were in our apartment when a notification popped up on my dad's iPad. Shots fired on the Champs-Élysées, one officer killed. I was here for the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and I was way, way too close to the November 2016 attacks. Yet this morning, after… Continue reading Walking the Champs-Élysées
Am I being too hard on myself? I think it's largely a rhetorical question but one with merit nonetheless. I'm thinking a lot on the idea of wellness, and all of the tricks/tips/best practices that are swirling around on the Internet these days. One of the tips that I found interesting came via Garance Doré's… Continue reading Questions and Criticisms
The springtime has me feeling some type of way. Two of my important friendships ended in December, which prompted me to change my relationship to social media. We'd been friends for over a decade at that point and I keenly feel the loss. If you imagine friendship as a lifelong project, a home that you build together,… Continue reading When the House Burns Down