There are certain movies I’ll watch every time I see them on TV, and 27 Dresses is one of them. Tonight, I heard something for the first time — really heard it. I’d watched the scene before, but there’s a line that finally resonated deep within. Kevin says to Jane, “I think you deserve more than what […]


In the middle of Anaheim there’s a beautiful home which sits on such a massive piece of land, you’d swear they owned horses. I think they used to, actually, but no longer. The house is wood siding and brick, the former painted a lovely shade of pale yellow. Its detached garage looks like a miniature […]


You know what’s frustrating? Sailing along on your drive home then suddenly coming to a dead stop. Why can’t people drive? It’s a five-lane city street with a speed limit of 50 mph. What’s the problem? What’s their deal? Last night I experienced this. One second, full-speed ahead. The next, crawling and dealing with the […]

Dumb Hand, Diet Sugar

I thought it was a joke when I first heard about, but I am officially a victim of smartphone hand. I’d been a faithful Blackberry user for years, until I began working at my most recent job. Enter: the iPhone. Fast-forward a year, and the way in which I’ve been holding it — not to […]

Song of the Palm

I love the sound of a gentle breeze moving through the tops of palm trees. The sound is similar to a peaceful fountain, or soft raindrops hitting a damp surface. Palm trees likely evoke numerous images of sunny days, sandy beaches, tanned bodies and umbrella-adorned cocktails. But for me, the palm is so much more. It’s a […]

The Xhosa Baby

I went to my thyroid appointment earlier today, and a mother and her daughter — maybe around a year and a half old — were also in the waiting room. The child was running around the space and wore shoes which were made to squeak every time she walked or kicked something. To make matters […]

Single-Serve Curse

I’m a big fan of portion control, but it somehow seems to bite me in the butt every time. I’m not sure what the deal is. It’s a simple concept, really: everything in moderation. Except if you’re me, and dessert is at stake. I’ve been known to defrost a bowl of frozen fruit or bake […]