Hidden Magic

I found these following gems while sorting through my phone-photography. Early in the year it snowed. We went to the hills to see it up close. I love the feeling of being wrapped in wool when it’s snow-cold out. Only wool clothing is a suitable when you sit down in snow; this way, you can

A Bird, a Frog, and a Patch of Woods

For your inspiration.   Tony and I found this tiny little guy! He’s an adorable, special little creature called a Pacific Tree Frog (Pseudacris regilla). Location: a patch of woods near our home in Sammamish, WA, July 2018. The Pacific Tree Frog above was surely the guardian of the threshold who greeted us on our way

This Is What We Go Through

…on the job hunt. Tell us about your previous experience and why you feel that would make you a good fit for this position. I’m great at a lot of things, so there’s a lot of great reasons why you should hire me. One thing I’m great at is catching grammar mistakes, like the ones

This Is What We Go Through (Prologue)

Hi again, Recruiter. So, I went through the whole long application and got to the end and submitted it. The job then said that certain Amazon-related experience was required. I do not have this experience, but I can learn what I need on-the-job. You did not mention this during our phone call. I hope I

Taking the Time

My response to the request, “Please explain any gaps in employment greater than x [insert units of time here].” Not everyone needs to work full time, all the time. Sometimes, people spend time doing other meaningful things that matter for their personal lives. I’m grateful that I’ve had the means to take the time for

Views on Pre-Employment Personality Tests

Hi, [Potential Employer], It appears that this “questionnaire” is a personality test. I’d like to know the name and credentials of the person who created the test, as most pre-employment personality tests are inappropriate and do not deliver the data that a company is –or should be– looking for. I’ll also need a written guarantee

Three Apples, This Child

“Three apples, this child,” says the old woman beside me, “Not a lot of twins these days,” observes another: doppelgangers are rare when nobody can see them. Three apples, this child, in the night woods of shadows and comfort, he follows and shapeshifts into a heart-piercing grown male, she follows and finds him past the

Our Species at Dusk

Last night I wanted to go to sleep and wake up as a happy five-year-old in this house of my grandparents, with both my Grandma and Grandpa alive, healthy and vital, the decay of the future far away or nonexistent, that present that was the past eternal again in a child’s unending summer day. And

Capacity to Wonder

Where would the Abrahamic religions be without their precious conflicts? I say “precious” because all the Abrahamic religions have developed largely by thriving on conflict to such an insidious degree that they experience a crisis of purpose when not faced with some constant, huge moral drama of problems to suffer and fight against. Abrahamic believers

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