Helpful Holidays: Small Business Saturday

I seem to have a disproportionately high number of friends with creative businesses and side gigs. My Instagram feed is crammed with folks making cool stuff, which makes me endlessly happy. There is probably some law of the universe stating that creative, multi-plate...

Helpful Holidays: My Favorite Fair Trade Gifts

In anticipation of Black Friday and the kickoff of the holiday season next week, I’m starting a little series called Helpful Holiday, in which I share a few of my faaaaaaaavorite thiiiiiiiiiiiings (singing and dancing in the Alps optional) for your consideration as...

Helpful Holidays: Fighting Human Trafficking

Ohio has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the country (source), but we are also fortunate to have many forces, large and small, fighting the problem. As part 1 of my Helpful Holidays series, I’d like to highlight some of these fantastic...

To My Child After the Grown-ups Failed

Dear Baby, It’s taken me almost a week to write this post, partly because you haven’t slept particularly well since last Wednesday. (Are you regressing to the newborn stage in solidarity with our country setting itself back to 1952? Making Fire Monkey...

The Myth of Passion

I once got into a semi-heated (lukewarm?) debate with a guy I was dating, whom I shall call Bird Brain for his love of the ornithological, over the relative importance of passion vs. dedication in a relationship. He was on Team Passion while I knew, even then (when I...