klt: the blog

a thin tree with an arrow carved into the bark

Happy 2019! Or, a year for practice and process

I love New Year’s Day. It’s not the drinking (although don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good drink), or counting down to midnight, or setting off firecrackers and noise makers. No, I love New Year’s Day because it’s a fresh start. Ultimately, it’s a completely arbitrary fresh start. It’s a psychological trick that we...

Jaina on the trail at Mt. Davis.

2018: The year in review

Like any year, 2018 had its ups and downs, perhaps with a few more downs than ups. I set too many goals at the beginning of the year, and lost track of most of them in June. Most of those goals were vague and unrealistic. Something to work on this year. Still, I made some...

A bowl of multi-colored ribbon candy

Happy holidays, or something

December is always an exhausting month, and it seems to be so regardless of your participation in that baby Jesus holiday. Everyone is stressed out, busy, and scrambling to get presents for everyone. Plus, that god awful horrible music that’s everywhere! It’s enough to drive the sanest of humans to extreme measures. But I’ll spare...

The importance of getting lost

A few Novembers ago, I drove up to Old Economy Village in Ambridge, which is about thirty minutes outside of Pittsburgh. I got lost. Very, very lost. First, I missed my turn off of the main highway, so I had to drive along another few miles of industrial parks, freight rail lines and factories. Being...

Miss Migraine: Self-imposed stress

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. Hello there! How have you been? Me? I’ve been teaching more and more (and more), writing my butt off, applying to a PhD program, and trying to balance everything without giving myself a stress-induced migraine every day. I’ve only been...