I saw a post about “why do all INTJ superiority posts have all the same stuff in them”? And it got me thinking. I consistently test as an INTJ, both in terms of the simpler tests and after going in detail through the function stacks. So I wanted to share some things that are true about... Continue Reading →

Charles Ottavio Sasso // In Memoriam

When I was in high school, I had the world’s biggest crush on Chuck Sasso. I mean, really, who wouldn’t? That perfect hair, those gorgeous eyes, the adorably self-deprecating smile and a laugh like I’ve never heard before or since. Every time I saw him, the litany would start up in my head: notice me,... Continue Reading →

There’s a mouse in my house

Actually, based on the scritching noises we’ve been hearing at night, probably a colony. Or several. But this is the story of how I went head-to-heater with one little rodent – and won. And also kind of lost, because I had to deal with the remains. A little background on our heating system, because this... Continue Reading →

Reflections on a Cover Shoot

Thursday was a good day for photography. The light was beautiful, and it was warm but not super hot out. My photographer friend Rebecca and I ventured to a nearby private boys’ school that’s set in a woodsy area, because the forest is a pivotal setting in the book I’m publishing, and we wanted to... Continue Reading →

A subtle shift in perception

Driving to work this morning was an odd experience. For the first 1/3 or so of the drive, there were way fewer cars on the road than normal, even for 6:00 in the morning. Driving through the dark, seeing no more than the occasional headlights, I wondered if something had happened, if there had been... Continue Reading →


The turning point of the year has come and gone. Just a few days into 2015, we’re starting to get the winter weather that’s been held off by the strangely extended autumn – not that I’m complaining, since as a passionate hater of snow and cold, having it be warm (or warm-ish) until Christmas was... Continue Reading →

jet lag strikes!

Good morning from Ikebukuro! Matt and I finally experienced the effects of jet lag last night. I had begun to think we'd escape its clutches, but we did receive a visit after all. Yesterday we decided to explore the Ikebukuro train station, because it's enormous - it's a station and a mall and a food... Continue Reading →

On healing, hiding, helping, and the natural habitat of one INFP

Introversion. I’ve been reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, and have confirmed and learned some things about myself. More specifically, I’ve confirmed my behaviors as introverted ones and learned the names for them. I’m an introvert of the high-sensitive, high-self-monitoring variety, which means I’m easily moved by sensory... Continue Reading →


Yesterday, Matt and I went to a local restaurant for breakfast. It was packed, as usual, and we ended up sitting at the bar. On one side of us was a family of three that…well, they were there together, but I don’t think they spoke for the entire meal beyond one request to pass the... Continue Reading →

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