That camera, and the family history it has documented over the past half a century, holds a special place in my heart -- just like the man behind the camera.
By Lisa Maria Boyles One of the pains of having fur-babies is that their lifespan is so much shorter than ours. But when we're lucky, they can still be part of our lives for a really long time. After my first cat, Spock, died in 1999, me and my boyfriend at the time (later to... Continue Reading →
Timehop is my back-up journal of sorts. Sometimes, when I’m in a special moment, it might be too disruptive to stop and write about what I’m doing. But it takes almost no time at all to snap a photo, pair it with a few words and save that future memory to Facebook or Instagram.
By Lisa Maria Boyles Time isn't behaving as usual in this pandemic. Whenever something time- or calendar-related comes up, it catches me off guard, I am startled: What month is this? What holiday is coming up or just past? What day is it? My sense of time is so distorted as we live through this... Continue Reading →
By Lisa Maria Boyles In reading "Atomic Habits" by James Clear, a point struck me: Avoid making any single aspect of your identity an overwhelming portion of who you are. In the words of investor Paul Graham, “keep your identity small.” The more you let a single belief define you, the less capable you are... Continue Reading →
By Lisa Maria Boyles Recently I thought it would be good to make a soup that combined the flavors of chile verde. I mentioned it at lunch with some girlfriends, and Cheryl told me about a dish she made, but it used chicken, not pork. But I played around with what she had done and... Continue Reading →
By Lisa Maria Boyles "Hey, wake up." The teenager groaned. It was, after all, very early on a weekday. But she got up and came out in the front yard with me. Together in the dark and breezy morning air, we waited for and watched the Space Station soar across the sky, a bright, steadily... Continue Reading →
A friend looped me in on one of those Facebook chains: 10 albums that greatly influenced my taste in music, one per day for 10 days, no explanations, no reviews, just album covers. No explanation? Where's the fun in that? So I wrote about my picks.
By Lisa Maria Boyles A friend said she was sorry she missed our girlfriends' Zoom happy hour the other day. "I've been avoiding Facebook for a couple of weeks now... Not sure why," she said, by way of explanation. "I can relate," I replied. "I think we are all so oversaturated with technology/virtual connections/and social... Continue Reading →