Personal Musings Filter
  1. Thoughts on Belonging

    Writer and educator Monna McDiarmid, a Canadian based in Yokohama, Japan, reflects on her shifting sense of belonging to the various places she’s lived in.

    Culture
  2. And, now, for the weirdest medical diagnosis ever.

    With humor and insight, Carol J. Pardun writes about the rare swallowing disorder she was diagnosed with — and what she’s learned from the process about herself and what she wants the next year to look like.

    Health
  3. “I Once Had Promises to Keep”: Six Takes On the New Year

    Six bloggers navigate the transition from 2016 to 2017 with poetry, illustration, photography, and more.

    Personal Musings
  4. “We will not wake up with hangovers and crock pots full of black eyed peas and feel suddenly settled or resolved, there will be no obvious solutions to our problems. No matter how resolute we may be, the date on the calendar is not an enabler.”

    Essay
  5. “One of my resolutions is to get in the habit of writing more frequently, and part of that is learning to write shorter.”

    Inspiration
  6. Anticipation of the Year Ahead

    “I will continue to live in the moment and practice gratitude for every blessing I have: My family, my health, my freedom, my ability to follow my dreams and my quest to make a difference in the world even if it is small.” The blogger at thirdeyemom responds to a recent photo challenge, “Anticipation.”

    Inspiration
  7. 30 Excellent Quotes from Powerful Women on Overcoming Failure

    From Maya Angelou to Tina Fey, StyleCaster collected 30 smart statements on recovering from failure, applicable to members of all genders.

    Inspiration
  8. On not writing Christmas cards

    Helen Hayward on not writing Christmas cards: “I’ve always struggled to describe an entire year in a hundred words inside a Christmas card. I find it even harder this year. Because this year it’s clear to me that my life isn’t going to plan.”

    Essay
  9. Amsterdive

    Amsterdam-based actress Ana V. Martins shares personal musings and reflections on city life, with tips for visitors and locals alike.

    Culture
  10. sqwabb

    Reporting from the streets of Vancouver, Canada, Stanley Q. Woodvine writes about the challenges of homeless life, as well as on personal interests like anime and computers.

    Commentary
  11. A Baby Is Born (Plus a Butternut Squash Soup Recipe)

    At My Jerusalem Kitchen, food blogger and mother Lauren Wilner shares her daughter Nava’s birth story — followed by a nap-friendly soup recipe.

    Cooking
  12. The Armored Coconut

    Marika Malaea reflects on being a brown white girl: “My whole life has been me thinking that I’m super incognito, when I’m actually the painted elephant in the room, whispering, ‘So what are we all staring at?’”

    Diversity
  13. I Would Rather Sit on a Pumpkin…

    Clara Lucille on solitude’s restorative properties: “And yet, for solitude to find its value, it must be broken. Solitude is most effective when it is short.”

    Parenting
  14. A Geek Girl’s Guide

    Michelle Anneliese, a self-described “Ravenclaw from District 13,” writes on various aspects of geek culture — from gaming and cosplay to Harry Potter — with a fresh, always-curious perspective.

    Culture
  15. A Letter From My Daughters, and a Letter to Myself

    “We need our best people — people with integrity — to commit themselves to public service.”

    Parenting
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