As a Grownup

What I’m Reading (April 2017)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This book traces the life of Cora, a young woman who is born into slavery and later escapes north, but cannot escape her past. Whitehead just won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, with the committee calling his book, "...a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America." I highly recommend it.…
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The Difference Between Personalities and Problems

I love me a good personality theory. Recently I've become more acquainted with the Enneagram. It's truly fascinating and has replaced Myers Briggs as my favorite. As I've thought about personality theory lately, I've been thinking about how many times we equate personality with a problem. The blogging world and real life is full of opinions on pretty much everything. And so many times the arguments have more to do…
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Personal Growth

What I’m Reading (March 2017)

It's been a while since my last reading post. Here's what I've been reading along the way. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by Vance This memoir about a man in his early 30's and his family before him has been touted as a post-election must-read. I would agree. Vance traces his family's tenuous travels from poor to middle-class, from Appalachia to the rust belt of…
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February Wrap Up

Stacking wood at the cabin In Real Life January and February were a bit fuller than usual. A nephew was born, we had visitors for a weekend, Dan spent five days in Belize for work, and another nephew spent a few days hanging out with us so his parents could have a break. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her favorite night of the year - the Daddy Daughter Dance. We also…
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On Being Radically Moderate in 2017

Since having kids completely ripped away my ability to power through whatever life threw at me, I have struggled with how to make life perfect again. In case you were wondering, this isn’t exactly possible. But I’ve often thought that if I just try harder or come up with the perfect program or schedule then the weight will melt off, parenting will be a breeze, my spouse and I will have perfect communication, and my health will be optimal. Of course these programs and schedules are usually extreme…
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December Wrap-Up

Our daughter delivering one of her many homemade presents In Real Life December was full of friends and family. Our seven-year old spent nearly all of December making handmade gifts that she gave out at parties and hand delivered a few days before got together with both Dan's and my family before Christmas and enjoyed our usual relaxed Christmas Day at home with just the four of us. We went really…
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As a Grownup

On Generational Strongholds & Hope

Dear Kiddo, Lately when something goes wrong you respond with, "Oh great," and then proceed to list every bad thing that's happened over the last 24 hours. I'm sorry to say you come by it honestly. Both your dad and I are good at making lists of the all the bad and ignoring all the good. Whether by nature or nurture, you've got the pessimism gene all wrapped up in…
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