Cat Magic: Demystifying Their Hold Over Humans

My sister called the other day.  I could hear my young nephew sniffling in the background.  “Aunt Jen?  We have a problem here…”  I waited patiently on the line for the request for that special, crisis-averting, child-soothing nugget of wisdom she needed.  The kind that can only come from an adult who is not the…

Uncomfortable Truths Revealed In Isolation

I am grateful for social distancing.  This may sound obnoxious, considering the reason for this “new normal” is a wildly contagious illness.  Not an inch of our spinning sphere has not been impacted.  There are clearly those who have suffered and/or perished after contracting the disease.  There are the family and friends knocked down by…

Riding Out the Storm

“We are all in the same boat.”  Hmm….  Sounds like such a wise and profound analogy for the COVID-19 “experience,” and even for life in general.  As human beings, we are all born, live, and die.  No one is immune and our common experience (in this case, some type of suffering) unites us all.   An…

Carrot Soup

“Want some carrot soup?” he asks.  I look up from my Chromebook and laugh before making a puking sound like a five year old.  “You’ll like it,” he confirms, answering his own question in spite of my obnoxious reply and saunters into the kitchen to set to work.  I glance out the window from where…

Bored AND Overwhelmed? Declutter Your Life

We are now in the fourth week of social distancing here on Long Island, NY in order to stop the spread of COVID 19.  As we’ve been settling into this new reality that will likely continue for weeks and maybe months, my friends and I have begun to experience a new combination of emotions:  Boredom…

Cool, Calm, and Collected during COVID-19: A Strategy

One week ago today my colleagues and I sat around the circulation desk of my middle school library wondering if our district would close school on Monday for a “deep cleaning.”  We chuckled at the seeming futility of such an act to prevent a flu-like illness that is transported from human to human and is…

Cathartic Creativity

Being able to express ourselves artistically is a big part of what makes us human.  We pour complex thoughts and emotions into a medium for others to then experience with their senses.  The result is a conjuring of similar thoughts or emotions that remind us that we are not alone… in our joy, pain, happiness,…

Osmosis

Osmosis… According to Merriam-Webster, osmosis is defined as, “a process of absorption or diffusion” or the less sciency definition, “a usually effortless, often unconscious assimilation.” It’s a sciency term most often used to describe the way tangible substances combine with and absorb one another. As a school librarian, I’ve often heard the phrase “learn by…

Walking the Walk

So here I am, back to the blog after a full calendar year, ready to reflect on the wonder of walking wordlessly a while for wellness, without wasting energy worrying about WordPress work (Ha!). I have always loved language.  Reading and writing have been passions of mine for as long as I can remember, enabling…