Taking the full measure of life

Entries Tagged as 'on the soapbox'

Feeling What Is

January 24th, 2013 · 10 Comments

If you’re new here and want to understand the title and purpose of my blog, you can read my first post by clicking here. You may also want to subscribe to my RSS feed so that you don’t miss further posts of interest to you. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you’ll stop by often! […]

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Tags: on the soapbox · sturm and drang


May 18th, 2011 · 8 Comments

A few years ago, six months after we got married, my husband was hit by a speeding car when he was walking in a crosswalk.  It was surprising he lived, but he did, and over time, he has recovered about 90% from the accident.  In the days and weeks and years after the accident, people […]

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Tags: autumn · cancer · gratitude · on the soapbox · Uncategorized

From 30 to 20: A Letter to My Younger Self

August 5th, 2010 · 25 Comments

Dear Sally, I know the age of 20 is confusing for you, so I’m traveling back in time to give you a heads-up about what’s coming in life. Feel relieved? Good. Right now, at 20, you’re a girl consumed with swirls of emotions about nearly everything in life.  You feel battered by some of what’s […]

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Tags: fruits of my labor · gratitude · on the soapbox · sturm and drang

Frustration Or a Lesson

June 21st, 2009 · 8 Comments

I just made muffins.  I sorta followed a recipe, but the recipe wasn’t gluten-free or egg-free, so I kinda ran with it and did my own thing. How many times have I made muffins that have come out just fine without me following a recipe? But you know what? I didn’t really make muffins, because […]

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Tags: dessert · on the soapbox

This Moment, Right Now

March 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

There’s so much we take for granted. I’ve had this thought several times lately when I’ve been looking at food magazines, blogs, and books. It’s been nearly two years since my diagnoses of gluten intolerance and latent food allergies.  I can still look at photos or descriptions of recipes and imagine the way a crusty […]

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What We Can Ask

November 21st, 2008 · 8 Comments

We pulled off into the drive of an abandoned house that I wanted to photograph, and we got out of the car.  My husband’s irritation emanated in palpable waves—directed at me.  I wanted to shoot the house: we were two hours from home, and I didn’t know when or if I’d get the chance to […]

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Tags: autumn · gratitude · on the soapbox · sturm and drang

Working Together

November 7th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Yesterday, I wrote you a long, heartfelt post.  After crafting it for about 2.5 hours, I finally hit “Publish”—just to find out that my internet was down and had been down long enough that my post wasn’t even auto-saving as I wrote it.  At that point, I did the only thing I could: I got […]

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Self-Control Vs. Self-Care

September 10th, 2008 · 22 Comments

I was reading a book in the steamy, hot bathtub this morning when my mind wandered off the page and into my life history.  Particularly, for some reason, I remembered the winter several years ago that I never turned on the gas to get heat in the apartment I was renting.  That was the winter […]

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Tags: non-scale victories · on the soapbox

On Wishing & Wisdom

August 22nd, 2008 · 10 Comments

Wishing has power–not necessarily in a magical or religious sense (though maybe?), but because when you formulate a solid wish for your life, you set yourself up to put the wheels of your life in motion, allowing you to move toward your desire.  Or at least, you can use the wish as the catalyst for […]

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The Things We Carry

May 25th, 2008 · 19 Comments

I’ve been reflecting a bit lately on how life works.  Some people believe that everything happens for a reason.  I believe far too much in free will to swallow that angle, and I cannot bear the idea that experiences like rape, leukemia, and murder are part of some pre-ordained plan.  No. But I do believe […]

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