Here’s why I’m not going to post about Black Lives Matter

Last week in two separate conversations, a family member and a friend asked if I was working on a post about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. I think that they both thought because I write a blog and because I live in Minnesota, the epicenter of the latest tragedy and protests, I might haveContinue reading “Here’s why I’m not going to post about Black Lives Matter”

Be known by your adjectives not your nouns!

When I was in college, one of my favorite professors uttered a line that still makes me laugh to this day: “There’s no such thing as a stupid question, but this room is sure filled with inquisitive idiots!” As a teacher, I will admit that this line has crossed my mind a handful of timesContinue reading “Be known by your adjectives not your nouns!”

What currently worries me about COVID-19 is not PPE, getting sick, or even the virus at all!

A security guard in Michigan was shot and killed last week after he got into a confrontation with a woman who refused to wear a mask into Dollar General. A man in Florida was arrested after he threatened to go on a shooting spree in his local grocery store because not enough people were wearingContinue reading “What currently worries me about COVID-19 is not PPE, getting sick, or even the virus at all!”

Why a pandemic is the perfect time to explore your enneagram number!

Last summer I went down the enneagram rabbit hole, and when I finally came back up for air I both was 100% positive that an enneagram one pretty much explained everything about me that you needed to know, and that it would be very helpful if all the people in my life also figured outContinue reading “Why a pandemic is the perfect time to explore your enneagram number!”

Feeling Alone in Quarantine? Watch this!

Sometimes what we need in a moment like this is a dose of perspective. Whether that perspective is the faces of the healthcare workers on the front lines, or a news story about the impact of volunteers, or a story of survival, or a story of defeat, a little shift in the lenses through whichContinue reading “Feeling Alone in Quarantine? Watch this!”

Easter 2020

Though I’m generally most comfortable sharing subjective commentary on life and wine, the extraordinary circumstances of today’s world, combined with the extraordinary circumstances we celebrate on Easter, has prompted a different kind of writing. The feelings and thoughts on my heart this week manifested in a spoken word poem, “Easter 2020,” which I’ve decided toContinue reading “Easter 2020”

Four things we want our Airbnb guests to know during shelter in place!

It’s a really bad time to own short term rental properties! It’s actually a really bad time to own rental properties in general, but it’s a lot easier to work with long term tenants on options for rent deferral and payment plans than it is when short term renters just cancel en masse and ourContinue reading “Four things we want our Airbnb guests to know during shelter in place!”

Binge Worthy Shows for your April Quarantine

I’ve written before about liking the feeling of turning the page. New Year’s Eve…birthdays…I’m a big believer in fresh starts and getting a clear perspective. So after Coronavirus completely dominated the month of March making 31 days feel more like 31 weeks, the fresh start of April should feel like welcome change. And yet, asContinue reading “Binge Worthy Shows for your April Quarantine”

Guilty pleasure post – My once a season thoughts on “The Bachelor”!

In Runaway Bride, as Richard Gere’s character is interviewing the four men that Julia Roberts’ character has left at the altar, he ends each conversation with the same question. “How does she like her eggs?” Each man answers the question the same way, “She likes __________, just like me!” Later, after [spoiler alert] Julia Roberts’Continue reading “Guilty pleasure post – My once a season thoughts on “The Bachelor”!”

Smart watches are really smart…except when they’re really dumb!

I love my Apple Watch! Josh got it for me as a Christmas gift a few years ago to replace my first generation FitBit. There was really no comparison between the tech and features offered between the two. My little FitBit flashed lights at me every 2000 steps…and that was about it. It didn’t evenContinue reading “Smart watches are really smart…except when they’re really dumb!”