Happiness vs. Me

I’ve decided to start a new blog series called Happiness vs. Me. I feel like I’ve often made my own quest for happiness into a fight with myself, and that hardly ever works out well, but sometimes it’s all I’ve got. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for years, and I am in such a […]

Don’t be a Dursley

This is my first entry for a new planned series called “Lessons from Harry Potter.” I’ve been thinking about this for several years, and it finally struck me that today might be the day to start. My plan is to slowly read my way through the series, and write blog posts about the life lessons […]

From R1b1a2a1a1b4 to DF21, or My brother’s DNA reveals he is human after all

I’ve been fascinated with genetic genealogy for a couple of years now. Mainly, I got fascinated when I discovered that not everyone with the last name Gerald living in this country believes my grandfather’s stories of our family immigrating from Ireland. I stumbled across information online where some distant cousins were speculating that the family […]

In which Jane Austen did not have an MFA

This morning I’ve been pondering the fact that Jane Austen did not have an MFA, and before anyone starts arguing about the value of an MFA, please be assured that I don’t care whether you have an MFA. If you are an aspiring writer or even an established writer living today, I only care if […]

The paper cranes next door

Today’s photo: 13 Paper Cranes. Today’s lesson: 3 is also a prime number. My prompt today was “prime number.” Was my first thought 3? No, of course not. When I saw prime number, I thought 13. Was my first thought after 13 something simple like Cheerios or paperclips? Noooo. I saw prime number, and I […]

It’s all good

Today’s photo: Everything is beautiful in the right light. Today’s lesson: Everything is beautiful in the right light. I think this lesson is self-explanatory. What you see here is a dried up weed from my yard. It should have been pulled a long time ago, but I’m no one’s contender for lawn of the month. […]

Just roll with it

Today’s photo: An arrangement. Today’s lesson: Most good things come from just rolling with the weird or the unexpected. Arrangement was my photo prompt for today. I thought I wasn’t going to do it because the only thing I could think of was a flower arrangement, and I didn’t want to spend any money on […]

Beauty is in the process

Today’s photo: You make me live. The original version of today’s photo: Posted first with the title Alice Makes a Friend. Today’s lesson: Imperfections are an opportunity to play. I posted the original version of this earlier in the day, but I wasn’t happy with it. After work, I decided to play around with it […]

Resistance is Futile

Today’s photo: The Temptation of Alice Today’s lesson: Sometimes your subject can be your background. I don’t have much to say today, but I do have at least one answer to my own question about how I can take a new picture every day of the same object without running of ideas too quickly. I […]

A little bit goes a long way

Today’s photo: A drop of inspiration is all you need. Today’s lesson: A drop of inspiration is all you need. It seems the rain just keeps pouring down, and the days just keep getting nastier and more depressing. They say there is a chance of a snowflake or two later in the week, and I […]