essays

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Books

Top Books of 2023

Of the 65+ books read over the past year, I’ve selected the top 5 that immediately come to mind as being the most impactful/worth re-reading (+bonus kid books).

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Tech

Top 5 Apps I Can’t Live Without: 2023 Edition

Five years ago I shared 8 apps I couldn’t live without, and it’s time for an update. Technology and habits change fast, so let’s see where I’m at today.

Essays

The Wisdom of Paint and Intuition

An attempt to paint “rest” became a lesson on listening to myself.

Essays

Not Everything Needs to be Fixed

Paintings tell a story. Do we dislike the story they’re telling? Or is it that we simply aren’t listening?

How-To

Why You Need a Therapist, and How to Find One

Every one of us grows up in an imperfect environment, developing coping mechanisms that we carry throughout our lives. We’re influenced by something invisible.

Essays

Painting Observations

Two paintings in my studio made me think. Resilience isn’t the result of a negative experience; it’s a result of working through its aftermath.

Essays

On Re-Reading Books

Daily thought: re-reading a book is never the same experience; you are never the same person.

Essays

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

Taking care of others requires taking care of yourself. The people around you feed off your energy; managing your own stress is beneficial for them too.

Poetry

Color Blind (A Poem About Privilege)

I read about George Floyd and couldn’t sleep. The brazenness of it. What it means to say “Black Lives Matter.” I wrote a poem to the White church in America.

Tech

I Switched From Evernote to Bear, Then Back

Every Bear vs. Evernote article I’d seen preferred Bear. After using it myself, I disagree. Here’s a different perspective on a great app that’s not for me.

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