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Joy and Woe. A time to grieve.

Yesterday was the saddest day of my life: I got divorced. And so, after 23 years, four months and 30 days of being “Mrs. W.” I am back to being plain, old Conner Middelmann. My reaction took me by surprise. I was expecting to feel relief, energy, and even...

Good or Evil? The one you feed.

Today’s Daily Calm meditation was about a Cherokee parable that goes like this: An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two...

Make your mistakes, next year and forever

My New Year Wish, from the journal of Neil Gaiman. “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write...

Have Christmas tree, will travel

I am an Urban Nomad. Yes, that’s a thing. The Urban Dictionary defines it thus: “A small but diverse section of society that lives and works in an urban area, yet does not rent, own or otherwise reside permanently in any one location. “Nomad” suggests a...