The State of Things: January 2017 in Review

January was a mixed bag. On paper everything looks good. The rent got paid, I kept food on the table, and most of the things I wanted to accomplish got done. It took a lot more effort than it should have, due to the intrinsic complications of having an anxiety disorder coupled with the extrinsic…

My 2017 Personal Life Goals

There’s a lot on my plate this year, and that’s a good thing. When I have an unreasonable amount of things to do, it means that I need to be incredibly focused and productive in order to make time to goof off. If I resigned myself to what I knew for certain I could accomplish,…

Buy Me a Coffee

As we head into the new year, I want get out of the apartment more often. It’s not a resolution, or even a goal. I certainly wouldn’t classify it as a need. I just miss working in libraries and coffee shops, the way I did back in Albuquerque. They’re quiet, pleasant spaces, generally free from…

The Feast of Stephen in Finland

Christmas is a three-day holiday in Finland so everything is still closed on the 26th, the Feast of Stephen. You might find a few restaurants and convenience stores open if you look hard enough, but most people have stocked up on essential items so they won’t have to. It’s the day to spend with friends…

Christmas Eve in Finland

Christmas Eve is the big day in Finland, not just the warm up the way it is in the United States. Almost everything is closed, and the few things that are open shut down by noon. That’s when the Christmas Peace is declared in Turku, the old capital city, as it has every December 24th…