Why I Love Marginalia

Last year, someone in our book club asked our opinions on writing in books, aka marginalia. I’ve always loved underlining quotes in books and making notes in the margins, but there are a lot of readers who want to keep their books as good and untouched as new. This was my little contribution to the … Continue reading Why I Love Marginalia

30-Day Challenges: Attempts at Logging Laughter, and April’s Challenge

March’s challenge was a complete failure. The goal was to keep track of the things that made me laugh or even smile. As it had given the person who originally tried this system of keeping a laughter journal new insights about what made her laugh and how frequently, I’d hoped it would do the same … Continue reading 30-Day Challenges: Attempts at Logging Laughter, and April’s Challenge

30-Day Challenges: A Month of Writing Experiments (and December reflections)

So at the beginning of December, I’d declared that my 30-day challenge for the month would be to learn cooking. For three days, everything went well – I made some sweet potatoes that were, well, sweet, a surprisingly tasty paneer dish, and a very disappointing sweet pea soup. But after that, I fell terribly sick … Continue reading 30-Day Challenges: A Month of Writing Experiments (and December reflections)

A Year of 10 Ideas

Last month I completed one year of writing down 10 new ideas every day, inspired by James Altucher’s TED talk and blog post on becoming what he calls an “idea machine.” The basic concept is to take a small notepad (so that you can easily carry it around) and write down 10 new ideas every … Continue reading A Year of 10 Ideas