You Are the Light

My heart is aching from the tragic shootings in Orlando. There seems to be no way to make sense of this kind of violence. I am asking myself: How do I make a difference? I genuinely believe that love and beauty triumph over hatred and destruction. When we live our simple, ordinary lives with love … Read more

Flying After Fifty

Every morning, while I’m brushing my teeth, I contemplate the bags under my eyes. After nights of insomnia, I could swear that there are two, fat gnocchi perched under my eyeballs—thick, fat, and doughy. Sometimes the bags are deflated and dark, like two sad balloons. And on other, seemingly rare … Read more

Hope, Excitement, and the Problem of Disappointment

How do you feel when you’ve put yourself out there for a chance at something you really, really want? Whether it’s applying for a new job or asking a guy if he’d like to have coffee, taking those kinds of risks is scary. Why? Because when you take a risk, things might not work out. You might get … Read more