The Birthday Resolutions Achieve Escape Velocity

Against all odds, for the first time since I started making birthday resolutions well over a decade ago, I accomplished all of my goals last year. To be sure, most of them were pretty vague: take better care of my body, write more short fiction, and read to expand my horizons. My thirtieth year ofContinue reading “The Birthday Resolutions Achieve Escape Velocity”

Hindsight is 2020

There is a phenomenon in psychology called “hindsight bias.” It’s the tendency for humans to believe in retrospect that events were more predictable than they actually were. It’s the feeling we’ve all had that we could have done something differently if only we knew then what we understand now. This bias isn’t always a badContinue reading “Hindsight is 2020”

For Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. A few weeks ago, as I was driving home from the grocery store, I passed the apartment I lived in when I first moved to Tacoma. More than six years ago, I arrived in the CityContinue reading “For Auld Lang Syne”

Full Circle: 2017 Year in Review

Earlier this year, we were in Glasgow, Scotland at the Kelvingrove Museum. In one of the upstairs rooms, I remember being captivated by an antique orrery, a mechanical model of the solar system. Built by a Scottish cobbler in 1833, the orrery has 200 moving parts and simulates the movement of the planets as theyContinue reading “Full Circle: 2017 Year in Review”

On the Threshold of a New Year

I stand in the doorway between two years. Behind me lies 2016, now in the past; ahead is 2017, still unknown. Like so many people, I am ready to put this year behind me, to slam the door and charge ahead without a thought to the past. The world is weary of 2016. This yearContinue reading “On the Threshold of a New Year”

The Root of All Birthday Resolutions

Another year has come and gone, and with it’s time again for my fourth installment of my birthday resolutions blog. Instead of making traditional new year’s resolutions, I like to wait a week for my birthday and I use that first week of January to take a look at my life and decide what IContinue reading “The Root of All Birthday Resolutions”

I Look Forth on a New Year

In downtown Tacoma, tucked away between two buildings, is a sculpture of a drop suspended as it hits the surface of water. Tiles ripple out into the sidewalk. An 1891 newspaper quote about the city is written in cursive letters on the ground: “From amidst a sombre forest of firs a city has arisen asContinue reading “I Look Forth on a New Year”

Return of the Birthday Resolutions

Three years ago, I wrote a blog about my personal tradition — instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I wait nine days to reflect and then I make birthday resolutions. I got a lot of great feedback, so I’m doing it again this year. Brace yourselves for the triumphant return of the birthday resolutions! SeeingContinue reading “Return of the Birthday Resolutions”

The Plunge

All too often in my life, I wade into unfamiliar water. I gingerly stick in a toe and inch my way in. It’s an agonizing way to get wet. And it isn’t just a problem in literal water. When it comes to change, I can be slow to jump in the deep end. But notContinue reading “The Plunge”

Lucky Thirteen

When I eventually retell the story of my life, I think that I’ll say that 2013 was the year that everything changed. The funny thing about stories is how the details vary with the telling. The exact words are misquoted, the specifics are glossed over, timelines are stretched or squeezed and the wrinkles in theContinue reading “Lucky Thirteen”