6 Things You Should Know about Panda: Slice of Life 23/31 #sol20

Today I am challenging myself to write about Panda, the world’s least interesting cat. It’s difficult to put into words what it is that makes Panda so supremely uninteresting. He is neither smart nor stupid, neither affectionate nor standoffish, neither happy nor cranky, neither serious nor funny. His mother and his siblings sparkle with personality…

Mysterious Box: Slice of Life 22/31 #sol20

It should be something long, maybe a series, because we have a lot of time to fill here, and there should be warmth and color and an abundance of good food and at least one knowing cat. The air should smell vaguely spicy, and there should be travel and wide open spaces and adventure. Perhaps…

Another Beautiful Day

Kristy at Midwestern Heart in Dixie reminded me yesterday that gratitude is an active and proactive happiness practice–even more necessary than usual right now. Here are some things I’m grateful for today: My morning begins with coffee, a good book, and a living blanket of lap cats. This morning felt extra special because the entire…

How to Love eBooks: Slice of Life 19/31 #sol20

Yes, I can use the Kindle to read a literary novel, or a business bestseller, or a sci-fi thriller, but they all come out tasting like Kindle.  Alexandra Samuel, 7 Ways You Can Learn to Love Reading eBooks I wish I could learn to love reading on a device. The convenience–and the pricing–is so tempting.…

In the Absence of the NBA: Slice of Life 18/31 #sol20

This is the time of year when our sports watching really kicks into high gear. March madness, then the final weeks of the NBA regular season with the excitement of daily jostling for the 8-seed and endless “what if” conversations to debate potential playoff matchups and who can sweep whom and who will make it…

Quarantine Reading: Slice of Life 15/31 #sol20

When Monica Wilcox tweeted this on March 3, it might have seemed like nothing more than a fun thought experiment for most of us. Now, it should be reality for all of us. (If you aren’t sure why you should stay home right now, I’d recommend reading this clear and straightforward explanation with simulations and…

Pay Attention!: Slice of Life 14/31 #sol200

Every six weeks, my mother brings fresh injera home from Denver and I cook an Ethiopian feast. I specialize in the ease of one-pot cooking, and every time I cook Ethiopian, I remember why. Each dish is simple to prepare, but when you’re making five or six different ones, it equals a lot of time…