I hate to pack. My last two trips, I packed the morning I left. Thankfully, I’ve packed often enough that I have mentally ingrained lists for each type of trip. All of those lists, regardless if for canoeing through the Boundary Waters or hopping a plane to visit family, have three items in common. Pack on every trip: 1. A Plan Every outing requires a plan of some Continue Reading
Brothers and Babies in Michigan, Oh My!
Two of my brothers live in Michigan, the state where I grew up. Both brothers recently had babies. For the last five days, I've been in Michigan, hanging out with my brothers and their babies. Ten month old Piper and twelve week old Kiki are both adorable. I've been unable to tear myself away long enough to write a blog post of any substance. For now, enjoy Piper sproinging Continue Reading
Do You Really Exist?
How do we know if we exist or not? Not to get too existential, I believe something exists if it has an impact on its environment. Birds exist because they eat worms. Storms exist because they bring so much destruction. Thoughts exist because they can change our actions. I don’t care if all this occurs inside the Matrix; that’s good enough for me. How does this apply to Continue Reading
How Future Plans Make Me Happy
Do you have something special coming up in your life? It could be an once-in-a-lifetime event, or it could be a simple gathering of friends. Qualifying activities include anything that you sincerely enjoy, anything that makes you happy when you think of it. I am one of those people that always have multiple trips in the works. When I get home from one outing, there is Continue Reading
Love Can Make You Cry
People cry because of physical pain, frustration, or love. We hope to minimize crying out of physical pain or frustration. But crying out of love is a beautiful thing. Last week I attended my Grandmother’s funeral. Her death was not unexpected. Her health had slowly deteriorated. When she entered hospice care, we knew she had only days to live. She had lived a full 84 Continue Reading