Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening

I had a nice solitary walk around the neighborhood of the house where we spent the weekend in Bend. The light at sundown with so much snow on the ground is pretty magical, all glowy and diffuse. 

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Look out, snow! We’re coming atcha.

Family selfie before we head out to sled at Wanoga Snow Park. Amelia, who did not wish to be included in a family selfie: “Mom, did you notice how I didn’t smile?”

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Not a creature was stirring 

I so enjoy waking up before everyone in the house, and enjoying a quiet cup of tea in the light of the tree. My favorite thing about ereaders is that you can read in the dark. 

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The power of words

‪”We can not be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and they end up using us.” – Eugene Peterson‬ Another great episode of On Being that I can not recommend enough if you love words and poetry. Readers Note: much discussion of the Christian bible. 

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Lizard Brain: "The body feels bad, why? A cookie will probably help."  Thinking Brain: "That bad feeling is menstrual cramps, not hunger. Take some ibuprofen. Cookies taste good at first but end up making us feel crappy and sad later." Lizard Brain: "Oh yeah, ibuprofen. Cool. But also probably a cookie." Thinking Brain: "How about… Continue reading Your typical late-December internal monologue 

The fear of a bad Christmas; or, not another “the real gift isn’t under the tree” post

Around this time of year I tend to catch myself acting weird, and realize in astonishment (every year!) that I’m feeling some low-level anxiety about Christmas. Consistently and inexplicably, I worry that The Kids Will Not Have A Good Christmas. Where does this come from? Why does it not collapse under the weight of its…… Continue reading The fear of a bad Christmas; or, not another “the real gift isn’t under the tree” post

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Embracing inclusion by fighting your brain

Recently I’ve been talking with community organizers about how we can both organize inclusive events and also do that organizing in an inclusive manner. WordPress is an open source project, and because open source depends on a large active contributor base, we have to constantly think about how to make the project welcoming and inclusive.…… Continue reading Embracing inclusion by fighting your brain

WWWP5K

I participated in a 5K this morning, along with a bunch of folks in my company.  I ran it slow, at roughly a 12:00-13:00 pace. It was cool and a little rainy, but quite beautiful. We ran on a trail around a golf course in Whistler BC — this is the week of our annual…… Continue reading WWWP5K

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Tree deck!

Tom’s been working on building the kids a tree-related structure (we don’t have any trees that would support an actual tree house). Amelia has been his helper. Witness the half-done result: the tree deck!  Eventually it will have a ladder and railings and other fun accoutrements. Yay, we’ve been wanting to do this since we…… Continue reading Tree deck!