Work as Haven

This blog was originally published for the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities and can be found here. In graduate school, I read a book called The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work by sociologist Arlie Hochschild. At the time, I did not have children and could not imagine how people could feel more at home atContinue reading “Work as Haven”


I hate to travel. . . but (part 4)

 I hate to travel, but… I love trying new food. Most of my life, I have been a picky eater, but for some reason, since I had children, my tastes have changed, and I now I love finding amazing new favorites with each of my travels: Cherry Soup and Hortobágyi pancakes in Hungary Chicheme inContinue reading “I hate to travel. . . but (part 4)”

I hate to travel . . . but (part 3)

This is the third blog in this series, so hopefully by now you know that there are many things I hate about traveling: Alerting my banks and phone carrier that I’ll be traveling Airline food Lost luggage Flight delays and cancellations Packing Swollen ankles and sore ears on airplanes Economy seats on a 15 hourContinue reading “I hate to travel . . . but (part 3)”

I hate to travel…but (part 2)

In volume 1 of this series, I wrote about my dislike of travel, but my love of being fascinated. Another reason I travel, despite swollen ankles and blown eardrums when I fly, is because even as a 45-year-old woman who has a successful career, two kids, and is relatively well read and well-traveled, I still learnContinue reading “I hate to travel…but (part 2)”

I hate to travel . . . but (part 1)

I work in Global Education and repeatedly hear students express a love of travel, a wanderlust, and a passion for new places. I would never admit it to students, but I hate traveling. It’s very expensive, exhausting, unpredictable and fraught with delays, canceled flights, lost luggage and awkward interactions. So, why did I, in mid-career,Continue reading “I hate to travel . . . but (part 1)”

This is what it’s like when I try to meditate

Okay, everyone is in bed, I am going to do a guided, loving kindness meditation. Get comfortable, press play. “And now, bring to mind a good friend and offer them these phrases – may you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be free from suffering.” Okay, I’ve got this. This is nice. DoorContinue reading “This is what it’s like when I try to meditate”

I finally have time to write a blog…or do I?

A couple years ago, I was recounting yet another story of chaos at my house to my boss who suggested I should start a blog.  Encouraged, I purchased a WordPress account and then promptly forgot about it for two years.  Well, I was reminded of it once when the auto-renew payment was extracted from myContinue reading “I finally have time to write a blog…or do I?”