Earth Lessons


It feels strange to offer such a niche post when I’ve gone so long without saying anything (publicly) at all.  And yet.  I was so captivated by some lessons at a talk I went to recently, it seems a real shame not to find a way to share them.

With an eye toward helping us feel gratitude for our past to then yield a sense of responsibility for our future, a scientist covered some of the highlights of history on earth.

beige desk globe on white desk

Did you know:

  • The earth’s iron core gives us our atmosphere!  It creates a magnetic field that deflects particles from the sun that go zooming by that would otherwise sweeping away atmosphere. 
  • Earth time is divided into eons.  Each eon is divided into eras.  The three most recent eras are:
    • Paleozoic – meaning old life
    • Mesozoic – meaning middle life
    • Cenozoic – meaning new life
  • We’re in the Cenozoic right now.
  • Five times in earth’s history have we seen more than 50% of life die out
    • at end of Paleozoic, 95% of ocean and 75% of land life was lost in great dying

What Happened to 2018


If you’re not into gleaning insight from others’ personal experiences, this set of words probably isn’t for you.  🙂


I haven’t written anything containing chronological information about my life since I temporarily quit the internet in May.   Seven months.  Whoa.

A month before that, I published a disjointed collection of words containing an update of sorts.  I didn’t know I was in the midst of losing 6% of my year to strep throat. aWhich I contracted from a lovely group of humans with whom I was work exchanging.

The only other 2018 public snapshot of my life was published on day 2 of the year.  I shared my annual intentions.

Three public missives.

That’s it for this year!

In 2017, I wrote ten times as many.  Why?  I have two guesses.  One now, one farther down the page.

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a. Which I contracted from a lovely group of humans with whom I was work exchanging.

Blessing in the Chaos


It’s National Poetry month. If this is the only section of Half the Clothes you visit, you probably think I dropped off the face of the earth.

Au contraire.

2017: Some Things I Never Told You


I’ve spent more of these December days thinking about 2018 and looking forward than thinking about and looking back on 2017.  However, a reflection seems appropriate before excitedly charging into a fresh batch of days.

Unexpected Lesson from a Border Canyon


My former college roommate is about the most motivated, driven, action-taking person I know.  He sets a goal, puts his mind to it, and gets it done with an indestructible good attitude.