Category: Lipstick & Pearls

The many smells of Christmas

When I think about my Olson family Christ­mas celebrations, many smells accompany those memories. The dessert table, for instance, gently mixes aromas of Spritz cookies, peanut-butter balls and pies. You can smell turkey baking before opening the door to the house. Fresh rolls and rye bread accompany the mix. And then, right before meal time, another smell circulates. Honestly, it’s […]

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Science was a lost opportunity

Lately I’ve been interested in things I deem scientific. For some of you that isn’t a stretch. Perhaps you thrive in the scientific realm. I know many who are adept in the sciences, but I don’t consider myself to fall into that category. I never really cared for science in school, except meteorology, and I blocked out many of the […]

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Remembering by naming

Have you ever noticed that some stretches of time seem to have themes? I’m not talking about well-laid plans to have a one-track mind. Or obsessing over pumpkin spice. Or seeking like-minded opinions. I’m talking about those things that seemingly pop up accidently, over and over, until you know it isn’t an accident. Perhaps you see the same person in […]

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Passivity never pedaled a bike

Six years ago was an agonizing time. As we awaited my then 2-year-old’s surgery, I was a ball of nerves. I was covered in a fear so paralyzing, it nearly suffocated me. The past experience of my brother’s death mingled with the present situation of leaving my daughter in the hands of a surgeon. I was petrified of losing her. […]

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Stepping into ‘mud’ is good

I have a strong aversion to mud. Not even as a young girl can I ever remember thinking, “Yes, I totally want to squish my fingers and toes into this mucky piece of earth! This gooeyness is SO MUCH BETTER than Barbies.” Unfortunately, one of my family members really did believe that mud was much preferable to dolls. (She also […]

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Puzzles provide a lesson on life

I’ve never been one to follow patterns. And it drove my grand­ma, a perfection-driven seamstress, crazy. “Malinda, you’ve got to use a pattern,” she’d say. Or, “Slow down, SLOW DOWN,” as I took off pell-mell down the straight hem of the whatever-we-were-making-that-summer item. I always loved sewing with Grandma, but her logic never quite lined up with my…ahem…innovation. I’ve had […]

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Time for leaders to admit error

What happens when lens and voice collide? Every human has both a lens to see life and a voice to describe life. Often as a breath, lens cultivates meaning which cultivates voice. It’s something inherent. But is it healthy? Just recently, I had the urge to re-read a short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Written in 1892, […]

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School’s out? Time to breathe

“Breathe, just breathe Come and rest at my feet And be, just be Chaos calls but all you really need Is to just breathe.” —“Breathe” by Jonny Diaz My favorite day of the school year is almost here. The day when the countdown reaches zero. The day when my kids wake up without resistance and dress accordingly. The day when […]

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Brain connects past to present

I haven’t been in a set of starting blocks for more than 10 years, and yet I can still feel the sensation of pressure between the track and my fingers as I waited for the gun to crack. I can still remember my routine I used to enter the blocks—strategizing to be the last one in and the fastest one […]

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Perseverance is the sweet spot

As I prepared to write this column, I searched for a quote attributed to?but probably wasn?t from?Albert Einstein regarding insanity. The quote goes like this: ?Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.? It?s quite a catchy phrase. And I was all set to make a cute little connection between my hair-growth cycle and that […]

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