• Just This

    To Keep a Balanced Mindset (or: Five Years On)

    with all your heart

    This week, Somebody’s Miracle turned five years old. On February 16, 2013, I launched this site with a simple post about my travel plans and the open road ahead of me (literally and figuratively). Without any idea of what my future held, I figured it might be nice to have a place to keep track of it all as it unfolded. (A few nudges from friends interested in keeping up helped, too.)

  • Just This

    Reclaiming “Spinster”

    In a lot of ways, Leslie Knope is my spirit animal. Ambitious, driven, often stupidly optimistic, I always appreciated her pluck. Back in Parks and Rec’s second season, Leslie throws a pre-Valentine’s Day get-together for all her gal pals. Christened “Galentine’s Day,” it’s since taken hold in real life; these days, it’s not uncommon to see all kinds of girl groups out and about on February 13, cheers-ing to their platonic lady love. Partnered or single, it’s a day to acknowledge women doing it for ourselves, showing up for each other and celebrating our own agency in the world.

  • Cinephilia

    Review: A Fantastic Woman

    This is a cross-post with Third Coast Review. It’s often said that film is the most collaborative of arts. It takes a village, so to speak, to create ninety minutes of story and visuals that move us, inspire us, scare us, entertain us. When everything comes together seamlessly, no one aspect of the film overshadows any other. There are those cases, of course, where a certain element of the production trumps all others. Sometimes it’s the score that soars over every scene, or the cinematography that breathtakingly captures a world on screen.

  • Work Life

    A Pomodoro That’s Better Than Sauce

    One of the biggest struggles about being self-employed for me (aside from, you know, drumming up income) is looking at a wide open calendar and sorting out how best to use my time. Sure, it sounds like an absolute dream: no meetings, and none of the office bullshit that comes with them. And though I do have meetings on my calendar from time to time, I do not miss the wastes of time that are most office-based check-ins. That said, pulling a complete one-eighty on the grind of the work week can, if you’re not careful, turn into a wasteland of wasted time; a blank calendar becomes the enemy of productivity.…

  • Cinephilia

    What I Watched: January 2018

    I spent the first week of 2018 holed up at home. It was negative a bazillion degrees outside in Chicago (still is, honestly), and working from home means I can basically hibernate for days on end if I want to. (Which I do more often than I care to admit.) All that time at home was filled with just over twenty new-to-me films, and because I like to write about movies (and need content to fill this little corner of the internet of mine), I thought I’d share with you what I watch and how it all went.  January’s films included some of the best cinema of 2017…and some of…

  • Just This

    two nights, two shows

    I decided not to do a recap post about the theater I saw in 2017 because, well…there just wasn’t much to recap. I saw some great shows, don’t get me wrong. Snagging a last-minute ticket to Dear Evan Hanson on Broadway was totally worth it. Catching the touring company of Les Miserables never gets old. Taking my mom and kid sister to the Lyric’s My Fair Lady will always be a favorite Mother’s Day memory.  But overall, I feel like I made a poor showing of it at the theater last year. Six shows in twelve months? What a travesty! (I kid. Mostly.) I’m happy to report that 2018 is already…