THE NON-MOTOR BLOG

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Writing about life outside of things that go VROOM!
  • Bring on the OLD, 2018!


    Happy New Year!


    There’s an idiom I’m sure you’re familiar with:

    Out with the old, in with the new.”

    I disagree with the philosophy of trading the old for the new, because old things tend to be significantly better. The Royal typewriter above was built in 1939 and still works like a charm, as does the 1951 Singer 66 sewing machine. Think the device you’re reading this on is going to work eighty years from now in 2098? How’s that flip phone working out for you? (more…)

  • Happy Factors and Internet-Free Writing Zones


    Sometimes a girl has to get in her truck, drive to the middle of nowhere, climb onto a boulder, and reflect on the happy factors. I spent last week doing that, amongst other things, and you know what I discovered? (more…)

  • Keeping the Flow Going


    If you hate posts about food, move right along. I have a nice story about a girl and her truck, here. Or a tour of our new ’66 Airstream, here.

    But if you find food fascinating…

    By all means, read on. (more…)

  • Vagabond Life


    vagabond

    adjective
    1. wandering from place to place without any settled home; nomadic: a vagabond tribe.
    
    2. leading an unsettled or carefree life.
    
    3. disreputable; worthless; shiftless.
    
    4. of, relating to, or characteristic of a vagabond: vagabond habits.
    
    5. having an uncertain or irregular course or direction: a vagabond voyage.

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 7 – Appreciate


    I have a lot of great things in my life, especially this guy right here. One of the secrets to maintaining a happy life and a happy marriage is to appreciate what you have around you and appreciate the one you’re with. Every day. Remember all the reasons you chose this person to spend forever with. (more…)

  • My Life in Black and White: Day 6 – Go Blank


    I had a stare down with a squirrel. That’s about as philosophical as I’m going to get today. Sometimes it’s good to just go blank, you know?

    It’s been stupid hot in Southern California, which meant my entire news week consisted of stories about weather. Friday, at least, took us to the beach–dog beach in Huntington to be precise. (more…)

  • My Life in Black and White: Day 5 – Small Moments


    It’s bathtime, one of my favorite times of the day, a chance to soak and relax and reflect–or to fall asleep, which I often do, waking up cold with water-crinkled fingers. Even so, it’s a daily ritual I love.

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 4 – Grit


    Grit. It’s the thing that keeps you going despite setbacks and frustrations. Even before my current shoulder challenge, my boss and I frequently discussed the characteristics of grit. We have similar philosophies on the topic, and lately, our talks have helped me through some of the difficulties regarding the new way I have to approach work, so I found it particularly bizarre that an Instagram ad came up in my feed for Best Self (a success journal), and a blog post entitled “5 Ways to Build Grit.”   Crazy timing, huh?

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  • My Life in Black and White: Day 3 – Attitude Matters


    I took this iPhone photo on Monday, while prepping for my news day, but didn’t post because an abundance of outside garbage seriously twisted my attitude into Debbie-Downer-Doldrums. (more…)

  • My Life in Black and White: Day Two – Slow Down


    There’s something soothing about late afternoon, watching clothes blow on the line, and while yes, there are things I should be doing–unfinished projects (hello skirt two-years in the making), life planning, food prep, novel reworking, and kitchen floor cleaning–sometimes it’s best to sit back on a Sunday and simply watch clothes blow on the line. (more…)