In a Warming World

Last week, on the same day that several kids at my older daughter’s Wisconsin soccer camp were ill from heat exhaustion, I had a phone call with my stepmother in California, where the Dixie fire had been spreading. Though it wasn’t yet close to where she and my father...

Cheers to Finding Comfort

After consuming the last slice of peanut butter chocolate ganache pie on Thanksgiving weekend, I felt full. But the strange emptiness of this pandemic holiday season lingered. While connecting with my extended family over Zoom was fun, the experience was a stark reminder of the vast physical space between...

In the Fog

One morning in the not-so-distant past, I went for a run. A thick blanket of fog hung in the air, obscuring all but the few yards directly in front of me. I ran a familiar course, fixing my gaze ahead for any oncoming cars. Every so often, I’d make...