• Cooking with Miranda

    Cooking with Miranda: Grandma’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    I am ridiculously lucky. I had most of my great grandparents on my mom’s side of the family through my childhood and well into my early adulthood. I was raised surrounded large extended family of warm, wonderful, and loving people; my Grandpa Chuck’s siblings and their kids and grandkids. Great-Grandma Muhs fed them all. It’s what she did. You went to her house and she fed you. She was the embodiment of the “love people and cook them tasty food” magnet on my fridge. She had two entrances to her white farm house with the black shutters, one into her living room and one into her kitchen. We always came…

  • Geekery,  My Best Self

    Finding Joy Where You Can…This is the Way.

    Sometimes you get the hero you need and the hero you deserve at the same time. This is a lesson of finding joy in the smallest and oddest of things. Well, it’s not odd if you know me. Rewind about seven months, to the beginning of quarantine. Like most Star Wars fans, Everett and I were pretty pleased with the Mandalorian series on Disney Plus for completely objective and subjective reasons. We liked the way it expanded the universe. Everett is a huge fan of the Mandalorian culture aspect of the extended Star Wars lore. I really enjoyed the character development and narrative aspect. I also lost my ever loving…

  • My Best Self

    Making Time for Creativity

    Full disclosure: I find teaching to be a very rewarding occupation. I love helping people, particularly young people, grow and develop into the best versions of themselves. That being said. Teaching is my job. It is not my identity. This is one of those boundaries that I fight so hard to maintain. So often when you ask people about themselves they tell you about what they do for a living, while I prefer to talk to people about what I do to live. Semantics once again to be sure, but a very important distinction which needs to made. I live by my creative life. Signs of creativity are proof that…