There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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A wanderer’s musings.
Carrie J Knowles
A few lessons from cotillion and why eating broccoli might be number one.
Missing those kisses and hugs? Maybe it's time to move closer to your family.
Tired of staying home? Put on some comfortable shoes and go outside. It might be the new way to stay happy and healthy.
A Personal Perspective: Do your past successes have to define your future?
Make a list of all the things you couldn't do or should have done during COVID. Now throw the list away. The year 2022 is a blank page. Start with a clean slate.
What if you've been sharing M&M's your whole life and just discovered that not every bag has the same number of candies?
A Personal Perspective: Do you know what you want to do when you retire? Life is long. Make a plan.
Married or not, here they come! Are we really ready? Can we pass new laws that will guarantee free childcare, healthcare, food, shelter and education to every unborn child?
We've been living with our doors shut for the last 19 months. Are we ready to open our doors and take responsibility for our actions and the world around us?
What would you like to let go of in order to make the next phase of your life more enjoyable?
Feeling frustrated with the new mask mandates? Think again. That mask, even if you're vaccinated, might just save your life.
Are you thinking about the future? Here's what to expect when you go all-electric.
Unfortunately, an unlisted number doesn't make you safe from unwanted scams and soliciations. Your best defense? Don't engage. Don't say hello. Just hang up.
It's been a long time since you've been out and about. Are you ready to take off your mask and go to a bookstore? A concert? A hockey game? A movie?
Dream of downsizing? Put some flowers in your favorite vase. Get out your good china. Get rid of the everyday dinnerware. Take your first step towards living a more gracious life.
Is working from home not the dream job you thought it would be? What do you want to do when the mask comes off?
Are you ready to entertain at home again? What will it take to feel comfortable having friends and family over for dinner again? And just how clean does your house really need to be?
Rules? What rules? If it makes you feel great, wear it.
Right now, on this cold morning, it feels like we have all been on hold for a lifetime.
Feeling like you haven't done much lately? Give yourself some credit, and a Medal of Valor for making it through another day with a smile and a touch of grace.
COVID is still here and we are still confined to our homes. Break out the candles for dinner. Recharge and relax. There's much to be gained from a moment of Hygge.
Finding a way to help beyond baking a casserole could wind up changing your life ... for good.
Month seven, sliding into month eight, nine, ten. Everyone is feeling weary and isolated. Now, more than ever, we need to find ways to connect.
The chaos keeps building, knocking us down. Take a deep breath. You still have a voice. You can resist. You can vote.
Are the restrictions of COVID wearing you down? Find a way to reach out, connect, and bloom. And if you can't bloom ... sprout.
There's more than we thought lurking in our DNA. The science of Epigenetics can help us understand the roll our ancestors play in shaping our dreams as well as our lives.
Right now, in this chaotic, shut-down world, we need a little kindness. A little help loving ourselves and each other. We need the Fab Five.
Don't dismiss the books because J.K. Rowling has an opinion you don't share. Instead, look at what Harry Potter has to teach you about acceptance. Remember, he saved Draco Malfoy.
That new standing desk might just be a box at the end of your kitchen counter, but it's yours.
Gaming out the possibilities of what's next for our futures.
Carrie Knowles was the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate for Short Fiction in 2014.