After mulling over it for months (years) I finally permanently deleted my Facebook, thereby removing all social media from my life. Here’s what I’ve learned: I am shocked by how nosy and gossipy I really was. I had already hidden at least 80% of my newsfeed because the content was either distracting or irrelevant. I […]
What Does It Profit to Gain All The Likes?
The other day I found myself captivated by a slew of “America’s Got Talent” child singers’ first performances. The videos have millions of views; the reactions of the crowd, the other judges, the children, the families of the children, and the rest of the world are largely the same: this is a good thing. This […]
How to be an ENFP but also get things done
I’m a Myers-Briggs type ENFP. As with any personality type, there are positive and negatives to this: on the one hand, I can be passionate, relationship-oriented, good at improvising, and creative; on the other hand I can be disorganized, procrastinating, impractical, and bad at planning ahead (Anyone else with a “P” in their type, and […]
What is an animal that is not nocturnal?
My three year old turned to me, and asked, urgently, What’s it called when an animal is NOT nocturnal? Hmm. I don’t know. That’s a good question. He paused for a few moments and, maybe one day when me and Nicholas are big we can go and find a dragonfly. And then we can ask […]
Seven Ways To Silence Your Phone
It takes courage to live in the present when we are constantly tempted by the endless escape and connectivity of technology. But how do we cultivate such courage? As with developing any virtue, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to create an environment that is conducive to that virtue. Surround yourself with beauty. Try to make […]
When We’re Afraid to Live Beyond a Screen
The other day my family and I were out to dinner and at the table next to us everyone was on their phone. For the entire meal, eyes were never lifted except to take a bite of food and words were never said except to share something from the phones. I know I struggle with […]