Good-at-Life Tips

2018 Year In Review

Back in the day when my email address was still at, Axel and I used to sometimes host a small gathering on New Year’s Eve with a survey reflecting on the past year and looking forward into the New Year. Introverts loved this “party” and went home at 8:15 when they were done with … Read More »

Be Good-at-the-Half-Sock

Have you ever tried going to bed with cold toes? Who can fall asleep that way? But have you ever awoken in the middle of the night, just a little overheated? Oh, if you could only get those socks off… but it’s just so much work. Or is it? Not when you’re wearing what I … Read More »

Be Good-at-Thanks

I don’t often go the corny route (I like to tell myself), but given the day, there are a few things I want say I’m grateful for.  These past few months have been both wonderful and trying. Turns out all those parents who said having a baby was hard weren’t exaggerating! Especially given Little L’s … Read More »

Be Good-at-Being-a-Poet? (Without knowing it)

Last spring I checked a voicemail left by a caller from an unknown number. To my surprise, it was not someone from my college asking for a donation. “I’m calling regarding your submission to the Talking Stick journal,” a woman’s voice said. “Give me a call back.” If you are a writer, maybe you’ve submitted … Read More »

Be Good-at-Fun

This post could have also been titled “Be Good-at-Sports” or “Be a Good Sport.” On October 4, the Minnesota Lynx won their fourth championship in seven years. Thanks to Axel’s insistence, we were there to see it. When the Lynx pulled off a win in Game 4, Axel asked if we should get tickets for … Read More »

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