All About Guns

{Guest Post} How many guns would a normal person want to own? I don’t think there should be a limit. Some people are “gun enthusiasts” just as some people are car enthusiasts. I only need one car but other people may like to have several cars and/or trucks that they use for different purposes or just because they want to. The same thing goes for guns. Read more on this person’s views on guns. >>

Resilience is not Enough

{Guest Post} We are facing unbelievable gun violence. Or more precisely: we are facing unbelievable acceptance of gun violence. And we don’t need resilience to fight it. We don’t need to simply steel ourselves to the grimness of the world and refuse to change anything about our daily lives, picking up after yet another tragedy and decreeing that we will not be made to live in fear. Read more on Molly’s viewpoints >>


Sometimes you have a lot to say on one topic, and sometimes you have a little to say on a lot of topics. Tonight I have the latter. There’s earthquake cake, novels, guns, and more in this entry! Pique your interest? Read more >>

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?

I toss and I turn. I open my eyes and stare at the ceiling. I sigh loudly. I roll onto my stomach and prop myself up on my elbows. I stare at the dark wall. I think about my life. I roll over onto my back. I throw my pillow on the floor. I cover my head with my blankets. I close my eyes. I think about my life. I sigh loudly. I roll back over and smash my face into the mattress. I turn to the side and curl into a ball. I doze off, fitfully. Does this sound familiar? What might you do about it? >>

Not Cold and Heartless

“I’m thankful for…stuff in my life. You know, just general things.” That’s about all I had to say. I wasn’t satisfied with my response, but couldn’t think of a way to make it better in the moment. My contribution left me feeling slightly cold and heartless, and generally not appearing that thankful for anything. Read More >

It’s So Appropriate

November’s “novel” is about my second year of Peace Corps, which of course means I’m writing about some of the challenges I faced as a Peace Corps volunteer while living in Armenia. As though simply writing about them weren’t enough, it looks like my life decided I need to relive some of those difficulties so as to better remember them—and thus make the story come alive. Read More >


In writing for NaNoWriMo this month, there have been a few sources of inspiration, besides my personal recollections, photos, journal, and blog entries. There have also been my friend Tim Straight’s video series on Armenia, and the irreverent Conan O’Brien episode where he takes his assistant Sona to Armenia. Tonight is the Monterey Peace Corps […]

A Day in the Life… Of A Peace Corps Volunteer [an excerpt]

I went into my tiny kitchen, turned my faucet on, and filled my kettle with freezing cold water from my one-temperature tap. The important thing to note here is that I had to turn my faucet on. When I had moved in, the water had been permanently on. But after several months of living in my apartment, some workmen had come to replace the pipes to my sink and had also fixed it so that my water would turn off. Read More >>

Remedy #1 For Finding More Focus

I’ve been having a hard time focusing lately. The solution I’m testing right now? Meditation. So far I’m on day 7 in a row of doing the above meditation and I am much more aware of how frazzled I’ve been. I think the first step is realizing you have a problem, but in conjunction with that, realizing […]