Category Archives: living creatively

Creating freedom and applying emerging solutions for a sustainable world

It’s a very small world

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Have you pursued something for years only to have an unlikely opportunity fall in your lap? In 1992 I read a copy of … Continue reading

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Another scary parental journey has begun

My ex learned something important about my son before I did, and I’m a bit jealous, but he was looking in the right place and I wasn’t. I knew something was up, that my middle-schooler’s social life had shifted from being … Continue reading

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Sure, that’s a likely story

A couple months ago, my neck and shoulder muscles burned every day, and my right shoulder joint hurt when I moved it, even carefully. My doctor said it sounded like a rotator cuff injury, which would likely require surgery. That … Continue reading

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A Sacred Season

“Don’t talk politics or religion in polite company.” Why? Because those subjects matter to us and therefore divide us, right? I’ll avoid politics for now, but with my first Christmas as a Jew fast approaching, I found myself awake at … Continue reading

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Roasted Salad?

You gotta try this. I dare you. And then I dare you to get your kids to try it. Better than potato chips, and yet you are eating your greens! Get some great looking braising greens (any combination of kale, … Continue reading

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Holiday flash mob brings tears

I came across a YouTube video via Facebook that had me crying off and on the rest of the morning. It was a flash mob choir in a food court singing the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Hearing Christmas music … Continue reading

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Hijacking NaNoWriMo

Can you believe it’s November already? Can you say NaNoWriMo? A friend and I are sharing weekly goals with each other in the hopes that the accountability created by letting someone else in on our ambitious little secrets will help … Continue reading

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Cello and cherry tomatoes and cider, oh my!

Today was a picture perfect fall day in the Pacific Northwest, and we had the perfect way to spend it. Jason and I took his parents, visiting from S. California, to Port Townsend, a National Historic Landmark seaport town about … Continue reading

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Disappearing into the desert

Five years ago my dad, Ken Schneider, disappeared while on a road trip in Southern Utah and was never heard from again. A quick explanation—though not satisfying—is required. He had left a note on his car after it got stuck … Continue reading

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Bread Pudding is Worth It!

“Making sweet pudding from layered stale bread and custard in one of the kindest things you can do to old bread. The transformation is Cinderella-like: what was once a bag of dry, not very nice bread suddenly becomes one of … Continue reading

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