What Would Gretchen Do?

What Would Gretchen Do?

When I was in elementary school, a classmate mistook me for someone named “Gretchen.”  She claimed I looked like this Gretchen, and besides, our names were so similar that the confusion was understandable.  Over the years, I’ve been called Gretchen dozens of...
Boundaries and Warning Signs

Boundaries and Warning Signs

Last week I wrote about the ‘Frog in Boiling Water’ phenomena, whereby we often find ourselves in situations that are, at the very least, less-than-optimal, and at the more extreme are simply untenable, because we didn’t stop to evaluate our exit triggers.  We can...
Frogs and Exits

Frogs and Exits

Afghanistan and Hurricane Ida have got me thinking about leaving.  Or more precisely, the *process* of thinking about leaving; what makes for a healthy process and what sets us up for failure.  Horrifying scenes from the Kabul airport seem particularly jarring against...
New Shoes

New Shoes

Having spent most of the summer in my childhood hometown of Billings, Montana, I’ve been literally and figuratively walking through memories associated with growing up here.  Walking itself is reminiscent of my childhood, since our house was within easy walking...
Turns and ‘Twisties’

Turns and ‘Twisties’

Like most of you reading this in early August, I’m turning the page on my summer break and getting back into a more regular, recognizable routine that comes with the new school year (“Hah!” I hear most of you say. “What’s regular or recognizable about this? I’m still...