Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” – Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World I attended a talk once in college where the speaker talked about the importance of self care. “Just because your single,” he said to a roomContinue reading “Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes”

The Butterfly Effect of Kindness

“Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” -Scott Adams, author and creator of Dilbert I’ve always said that cliches are cliche for a reason. There’s a lot of truth in the idea that “all that glitters isn’t gold”: when something orContinue reading “The Butterfly Effect of Kindness”

Alexa, Replay “My Life Playlist”

“Music is the way our memories sing to us across time” -Lance Morrow Welcome back to another week! I hope you all enjoyed the Labor Day weekend with friends or family. Regardless of COVID-19, I hope that everyone was still able to observe their holiday traditions and still find time to reflect on the AmericanContinue reading “Alexa, Replay “My Life Playlist””

Words that Flow like Baby Waters

“The secret of the creative life is to feel at ease with your own embarrassment.” -Paul Schrader Because it’s Friday, the weather is beautiful, and I have a long-standing meeting with a close friend, today’s post will be shorter than usual. And also, because I cannot for the life of me think of a newContinue reading “Words that Flow like Baby Waters”

Finding the Humor in Humiliation

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, you may be missing the colossal joke of the century.” – Barry Humphries I wrote yesterday that the Messink’s are storytellers. As far back as I can remember, we’ve kept each other (and ourselves) entertained by being able to turn our experiences into a story worth telling. I’ve learnedContinue reading “Finding the Humor in Humiliation”

Every Story has its Origin

Every story, from “Romeo and Juliet” to A Christmas Carol to X-Men’s Wolverine, shares a set of basic, fundamental parts. Regardless of writer or genre, stories will always have a beginning, middle and end. From the start, they’ll follow the line of rising action until reaching their climax and, be it satisfying or not, reachContinue reading “Every Story has its Origin”

Why Wedding Bells Still Ring

Last week, a close cousin took to social media to share some extremely exciting news. In a series of posts and text messages, we learned that she had, in the presence of her immediate family and best friend, become engaged. My cousin, a kind and intelligent nurse, was all smiles in the pictures, where sheContinue reading “Why Wedding Bells Still Ring”

When the Nail’s Too Weak, Grab a Spike

It’s a common practice for me that, on dates, I try to ask a variety of questions. I try to make it like a game, filled with questions that are easy and fun to answer. For example, I might ask what Hogwarts house a person would place themselves in or what superpowers they would chooseContinue reading “When the Nail’s Too Weak, Grab a Spike”

A Small Fish in a Large Pond (That’s Filled with Barracudas)

Recently, I had the chance to reconnect with an old friend from college. The most level headed and down to earth girl in a group full of competitive nurses, Carla and I quickly became fast friends during my first year at Carroll University. After that first year, she decided to leave to pursue a betterContinue reading “A Small Fish in a Large Pond (That’s Filled with Barracudas)”