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…

Today I: Slice of Life 12/31 #sol20

Today I started my morning with a much-too-brief snuggle with my favorite cat, Chipotle. Today I drove through some typical South Dakota weather on my way to run errands: sunny, snow squall, cloudy, sunny, snow squall. Sunglasses on, off, on, off. Today I am going to the grocery store so that the older people I…

A Sort of Here and Now: Slice of Life 10/31 #sol20

I’ve brought my writer’s notebook and Priscilla Long’s The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life with me to the coffee shop this morning. I flip open the book at random, hoping for an exercise I can do here and now. The first exercise I find–seriously–is called “Observing the Here…

It Usually Works: Slice of Life 8/20 #sol20

I settled into a comfortable morning slicing routine around year three of the challenge. Coffee. Computer. Cats. Comments. I check mine and feel grateful for the readers who took the time to leave a comment. If slicing were just about the writing, I probably wouldn’t do it. I know it’s good for me and I…