Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Piercing Perspective

September 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

People have been piercing themselves since sharp objects could successfully break skin.  I can appreciate any cultural association, or even aesthetic preferences for some.  Others just leave me questioning the sanity of people willing to test boundaries. 

The Final Piece

September 25th, 2013 (1 Comment)

A follow-up post to “A Letter To My Puzzle Pieces” ( I believe that people are each unique pieces in a puzzle that makes up the overlapping lives of many individuals.  Some fit, some do not.  Some are distant and connect only by way of others in the bigger picture.  But then there are those that match […]

A Letter To My Puzzle Pieces

September 24th, 2013 (12 Comments)

(***I wrote this post about 2 years ago before I met my hubby.) Dear soulmate (I use that term with caution because I’m jaded…a moderate skeptic),

Des Moines: Diamond of the Midwest

September 16th, 2013 (No Comments)

Des Moines is nothing short of a rare gem.  A unique and polished beauty.  A product of her environment and it’s inhabitants.  Growing up I always hated Des Moines.  I aspired to things “greater” than could be offered in my mini metro.  Things I thought only existed in Chicago, New York, San Francisco.  I saw nothing but a dull rock, and I underestimated the combination […]

The Cult. The Crossfit Cult.

September 13th, 2013 (4 Comments)

Most people who join cults aren’t necessarily crazy to begin with.  They’re just searching for something.  Seeking fulfillment for a hole in their happiness.  They get recruited by people with a cause.  They detect passion, and after enough persistence that passion becomes a little bit contagious.  Outsiders view cults as a bunch of crazies.  They see obsession and loose screws.  And […]

Hating the Hawkeyes

September 13th, 2013 (7 Comments)

College rivalries make life worth living.  They make beer worth drinking, football worth watching, and jail worth visiting.  So it should come as no surprise that I have embraced our Iowa in-state college rivalry.  Surprisingly, I was raised a Hawkeye (University of Iowa).  My dad taught me to chant the fight song for football and basketball games […]

Do A Naked Cannonball

September 12th, 2013 (3 Comments)

In life, we make choices.  Many based on our fears of the unknown.  Some let the fears take control of their decisions, while others explore the very things that frighten them.  The saying, “test the waters,” always comes to mind.  How can you really experience something if you’ll only commit to dunking a toe in?  Not […]