Thoughts on Being Lost

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a reading at one of my favorite bookstores (Malaprop’s) by one of my favorite authors: Sarah Addison Allen. She was reading from her newest book,¬†Lost Lake, which came out last Tuesday.¬†(For more details on Sarah’s actual reading, see the post on my book blog.) During the reading, she […]


Friendsgiving 2013

Today was a wonderful, warm day full of laughter and good company. Together, Meg, Doug, Mike, and I prepared a vegan Thanksgiving meal (plus a pheasant for Mike) of maple Brussels sprouts with cranberries and pecans and a balsamic glaze, cranberry sauce with orange and ginger, flaky biscuits, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole with pears […]


Happiness is…

…when one of your favorite hangouts starts serving hot chocolate. When there are fresh flowers on your table, even though it’s wintry outside. And when you get to sit in your favorite spot with the sun shining in your back and a small plate of cookies at your elbows. To top it off, you had […]


My Fix

There’s nothing quite like the smell of a warm cinnamon muffin, the warmth of a cup of mint hot cocoa, and the appeal of a fresh banana and good book to brighten my morning. It may be cold and gloomy outside (my favorite weather, actually), but I’m nice and cozy in my favorite bookstore’s cafe. […]


Simple pleasures

It turns out there are just a few simple pleasures I need in order to be relatively happy, and most of them are in this photo: letters to write, sweets to eat, a little bit of nature, my bike (those are the keys to my bike lock sitting on The Perks of Being a Wallflower), […]


High Five!

I’m sitting in a great establishment called High Five Coffee Bar in Asheville, North Carolina (my new home). The next couple of hours are spread out before me, as you can see: letter writing, reading, eating some awesome local granola, and drinking a great cup of hot chocolate. I’m stoked that this place is less […]


“You do not have to be good.”

Today I encountered a new poem. It was shared with me by someone who has helped me greatly in the past several months. The poem resonates with me, and I wanted to share it in case it resonates with someone else out there. “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. […]


ETMCA: the Code Artist

Today the LA-based artist ETMCA, also known as the Code Artist, announced the locations of some of his artwork in Venice. ETMCA has been doing a series called Discovery Art that involves placing portions of a larger art piece at undisclosed locations for people to “discover” and keep. This particular installment of his Discovery Art […]