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Learning, Thinking

Lies Houses Told Me, #3: You’ll Know It When You See It

Lies Houses Told Me, #3: You’ll Know It When You See It

When you feel like your life is on the wrong track, what do you do? Some people try speed dating. Some people travel. Some people buy cool new shoes. Me? I looked at other people’s [...]

October 15, 2013 ×

Learning, Making, Thinking

30 Before 30 List: Serious Dreams Edition

30 Before 30 List: Serious Dreams Edition

If you’ve followed any of my 30 Things To Do Before Turning 30 list items so far, many of the items might look random or just silly. That’s partly by design – a list of [...]

August 21, 2013 ×

Learning

Photo via Google Maps, obviously.

My Tourist Adventure in Outer Northwest Portland

As I said last week, I would begin my attempts to find the joy of travel in my own little city in Northwest Portland. Outer Northwest Portland. Specifically here: Why there? Because I have virtually [...]

July 29, 2013 ×

Thinking

Can You “Travel” in Your Own Town?

Can You “Travel” in Your Own Town?

Ah, travel. Travel is always near the top of people’s lists of what they’d do if they had a little more time or money. Drive across America. Backpack through Tibet. Let’s go somewhere. Anywhere but [...]

July 17, 2013 ×

Learning

30 Before 30 List: Go Places

30 Before 30 List: Go Places

Travel was a clear theme on my list of 30 Things To Do Before I Turned 30. Unlike many people my age, this was the first time I got interested in travel. I was a [...]

July 10, 2013 ×

Learning, Thinking

Forward.

Is There Anything Productive You Can Do With Nostalgia?

Each year when summer finally arrives (say, in the form of a massive heat wave), I am drawn to distinctly summer things. Listening to baseball on the radio. Smelling cut grass and backyard barbeques. Walking [...]

July 2, 2013 ×

Learning, Making, Thinking

30 Before 30 List: Keeping Up Appearances

30 Before 30 List: Keeping Up Appearances

I recently wrote about how to make a list of birthday goals, like the 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30. But let’s cut to the voyeurism – what was on my [...]

June 25, 2013 ×

Learning, Thinking

Are you having fun yet?

Lies Houses Told Me, #2: Dreaming Wrong

What do you do when you get exactly what you’ve always wanted…and it’s just not that great? The more you invested in wanting it, the stranger it feels when it doesn’t pay off like you [...]

June 19, 2013 ×

Learning, Making, Thinking

Making a game: the fastest way I know to die laughing.

Make a List of Birthday Goals (Without Ruining Your Birthday)

I recently turned 30, a polarizing age that seems to cause anyone much younger than me to wonder why I’m not wearing dad jeans, and anyone older than me to laugh that I am still [...]

June 12, 2013 ×

Learning, Making

How to Make a Giant Peanut Butter Cup Cake

How to Make a Giant Peanut Butter Cup Cake

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they cook something, and then write about it on the internet.  For me, this is that time. It is a cake that looks like a giant peanut [...]

June 6, 2013 ×