September 10"The private relationship of worshipping God is the great essential of [spiritual] fitness. The time comes when there is no more “fig-tree” life possible, when it is out into the open, out into the glare and into the work, and you will find yourself of no value there if you have not been worshiping as occasion serves you in your home. Worship aright in your private relationships, then when God sets you free you will be ready, because in the unseen life which no one saw but God you have become perfectly fit, and when the strain comes you can be relied upon by God." — Missionary Munitions, September 10. Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost For his Highest”
August 19
Thoughts on a Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!

Before you start sipping on that venti hazelnut iced latte, pour it into your Vessyl so you can be horrified at how many hundreds of liquid calories are going down your throat. 

It says on the site:

It’s not magic, but close to it. The Vessyl knows and aggregates the makeup of everything you drink. No more guessing or journaling. It keeps track of what’s important to you… all automatically.

Just another data-tracking device to visualize for you what an utterly delicious mess your life is (: 


Read this if you haven’t yet. 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

46 pages in, I’ve already been moved to tears twice. I place this book in the same category as Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters - of stunningly beautiful novels that are simply a delight to read. 


Good bye!

August 17"A great many people seem to think that if you are a Christian yourself you should try to make divorce difficult for everyone. I do not think that. At least I know I should be very angry if the Mohammedans tried to prevent the rest of us from drinking wine. My own view is that the Church should frankly recognize that the majority of the British people are not Christians and therefore cannot be expected to live Christian lives. There ought to be two distinct kinds of marriages: one governed by the State with the rules enforced on all citizens, the other governed by the Church with the rules enforced by her on her own members. The distinction ought to be quite sharp, so that a man knows which couples are married in the Christian sense and which are not." —

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis


Same could be said for birth control, gay marriage, etc.

August 17"I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in the state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. […] Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other." — Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
July 29"Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied." — Zadie Smith - 10 Rules of Writing
Waiting for fireworks. #vscocam #vscogood #americathebeautiful #laketahoe #visittahoe #california
The ocean is at the end of the lane.
June 26

One way to practice kindness is by being generous about your partner’s intentions. From the research of the Gottmans, we know that disasters see negativity in their relationship even when it is not there. An angry wife may assume, for example, that when her husband left the toilet seat up, he was deliberately trying to annoy her. But he may have just absent-mindedly forgotten to put the seat down.

Or say a wife is running late to dinner (again), and the husband assumes that she doesn’t value him enough to show up to their date on time after he took the trouble to make a reservation and leave work early so that they could spend a romantic evening together. But it turns out that the wife was running late because she stopped by a store to pick him up a gift for their special night out. Imagine her joining him for dinner, excited to deliver her gift, only to realize that he’s in a sour mood because he misinterpreted what was motivating her behavior. The ability to interpret your partner’s actions and intentions charitably can soften the sharp edge of conflict.”


I love being married. Marriage is hard work.

June 25
Teleorganic Tuesdays

Hello all !

Today is Tuesday and the stunning weather we’ve been having is taking a little break, probably going home to California to visit its father the Sun. But some shade and coolness is welcome after the delicious heat of summer, and also makes biking (!!) so. much. fun.

Here are some cool things to give you inspiration/giggles/deep thoughts/even love for Meryl Streep.

FYI: lots of Neil Gaiman love here.


Meryl Streep on Beauty:

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children […] It’s tosh. It’s snobbery and it’s foolishness. There are no bad authors for children, that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different. They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories. A hackneyed, worn-out idea isn’t hackneyed and worn out to them. This is the first time the child has encountered it. Do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is a route to other books you may prefer. And not everyone has the same taste as you.

How Gone with the Wind kept refugees alive during WWII

“At that point, in that place, all books were illegal, and she got hold of a black market copy of Gone With The Wind in Polish translation. Every night, she would stay up late, reading it. And every morning, the girls would ask her what had happened in the part she had read that night. She couldn’t bring the book itself in, because that would have been too dangerous - it had to be kept out of sight. But every day, she risked her life to tell them stories.” 

 “I thought, ‘This changes everything’. People who write fiction, like me, get a lot of stick for escapism. But this isn’t escapism - it’s escape. She got out - and took those girls with her. For that hour, they couldn’t keep them in the ghetto.”

June 21
Kiki’s Delivery Service


The first time I watched this movie, I was barely 5 years old, still running around in my drawers in our modest little home, sweating in the humidity of Thailand. After that, I fell asleep to the tape recording of this story every single night and listened to it on the way to school. 


In college, Miyazaki (finally) became popular in the States, and I relived my childhood memories again, taking joy in all the wonder and the mouth-watering depictions of food.

Now I’m in my mid-twenties, married and living (trying) like an a-dult in NY. Between doing my nails and watching Argentina & Iran duke it out, I felt the sudden urge to watch Kiki and her adventures all over again. A few things:

Oh Kiki. You and your hot cakes are the best.