I turned 33 the other day…

My 33rd birthday passed without much fanfare, just as I would prefer. I didn’t accomplish many of the things I set out in my 33 before 33 list of goals. But I’ve come to realize that while goals are good, there needs to be room for them to evolve and change. And an arbitrary schedule for goals may not be all that useful. I did publish a 6-month update to that list. I may or may not publish a final accounting just to tie that year up with a bow. One thing that I definitely and very obviously didn’t hit […]

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33 Before 33 – 6ish Month Update

In February, I shared a list of 33 things I planned to do before turning 33, inspired by my friend Ryan. Now that it has been about six months, it seems to be the right time to share an update on where things stand with all these goals and intentions. Visit South Korea. Not yet but tickets are booked! Visit Japan. Not yet but tickets are booked! See 3 of my favorite friends marry the loves of their lives. One down, two to go! Serve on the committee for the Swissvale Community Garden’s second growing season. I continue to do […]

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33 Before 33

I am not big on my birthday. I don’t like lots of attention, and my childhood memories are fraught with poopy birthdays. As an adult, I try to make just enough plans so that I get out of the house, get a hug from someone I love, and eat some tasty food. This year that all worked out despite having a rocking headache so I call the day a win. For so long, my birthday was something I hated, but I am preferring the gentler approach of it being a little different than any other day, but not the greatest day […]

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What I’m Reading 3

I, Racist. I found this piece to be powerful. I don’t consider myself to be altogether silent on issues of race and oppression in this country, but I can say and do more, absolutely. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. I ripped through this book while on vacation. It’s so beautifully written and really raw and angry. I have a thing for narrative stories, whether fiction or not, especially those that are disturbingly real and even a little fucked up. This book fit that bill nicely for me after months of fantasy and non-narrative non-fiction. Speaking of being a […]

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What I’m Reading 2

As I mentioned in the first of this series, I read quite a bit. My reading materials vary from books, blogs, and other articles. I’m still reading the same book. I’ve had a slow couple of weeks with that one. I find it to be a fascinating topic, but I also find it harder to stay engaged with books that are non-narrative. I love a good story! Why the Sustainability Myth is just as destructive as the Overhead Myth Nonprofit With Balls is a newly discovered blog on my list and I seriously love it.  There are not a whole lot of […]

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What I’m Reading

There was a time in my life where I didn’t love to read. I struggled to keep up and actually had my teacher call my parents to say that I needed help. I remember sitting on the couch in my childhood home with my dad helping me to get through a book (chosen by my super-advanced-reader BFF at the time) that I was behind in for a group book report. In fact, my short-lived dream of following in my father’s footsteps, going to Notre Dame for undergrad and Stanford Law for graduate school and becoming a lawyer, came to a […]

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