20 for 2018: The Dark and Other Love Stories

First, let me say that this book has a great dedication...


Poems for Halloween

Happy Halloween! What are you up to tonight?

We don't have anything exciting planned - glasses of wine and handing candy out to the nuggets on our street. I love seeing all of the kiddos dressed up every year, especially the babies who have no idea what's going on (what is that about, by the way? Parents scamming candy for themselves? I mean, I respect that, but I'm just curious...).


20 for 2018: The Bright Hour

A couple of years ago, I read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. You may have heard of it - it was a critically and commercially successful memoir written by a young surgeon with lung cancer. The book is a meditation on his life and impending death that explored his family, his practice, and the reality of shifting from surgeon to patient. I found the book both fascinating and very sad.


Ethical Halloween Treats

Last week, I read a piece about the problematic practices of major food companies when it comes to chocolate products. According to the article, children make up a significant portion of workers on the Ivory Coast farms that produce the majority of the global cocoa supply.


Poem for a 33rd Birthday

When I turned 30, I was in a transitional time. A long-term relationship ended, my beloved beagle died, and I had just started a new job. So, like any bigtime nerd worth their salt, I started reading a lot of poetry. I found it comforting to know that all of the feelings have been felt, all of the dramas have unfolded. In a period of upheaval, it reassured me that my life experience was not singular.

One of my dear friends turns 33 tomorrow, and I plan to send her this poem to mark the occasion: