On Other Things

  • Why I Quit Teaching and Will Never Go Back

    Meg Larsen August 19, 2021

    I’ve written this essay over a dozen times since I first sat down to write it in May of 2020. I keep waiting for enough time to pass that my words aren’t clouded by emotion, but time keeps passing and the feelings are still there.

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  • What I Learned From Daniel Tiger Today

    Meg Larsen February 25, 2021

    The day had started so well. Then, as happens all too often when you’re a parent, things went awry.  My mom was due to fly in at 11:30 am and I was ecstatic because I hadn’t seen her in six months. She’d spent almost a month with us in July after my son James was born, but her October trip was canceled when my uncle got Covid and our Christmas…

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  • Motivation: Struggling to Follow Through and Focusing on the Essentials

    Meg Larsen May 16, 2020

    I’ve been on a roll the past couple of days when it comes to home maintenance. This evening, while tidying up the house from the day’s activities of projects, chores, and eating, I caught myself thinking, “Gosh, I wish I were always this motivated to keep the house clean.” We all struggle with this right? We love the feeling of a clean and tidy home, but somehow, despite our best…

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  • Wanderlust: Reflections on Los Angeles

    Meg Larsen May 11, 2020

     Maybe it’s being stuck at home for two months now, but lately, I’ve been feeling the wanderlust itch. I go through these seasons in my life where I just need to “go.” It doesn’t really matter where or for what purpose, but I need to go, somewhere.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of financial means and a deep-seated sense of practicality, I often end up not actually going anywhere or…

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  • Welcome to Magpie!

    Meg Larsen May 4, 2020

    I’m staring down an open road, waiting to take the next step. Hemmed in by the vastness of the open space, my breath catches as the heat chokes my feeble grasp for air.  To understand what Magpie Momma is, you have to understand where it comes from:  I like to have a plan. Most of my life has been a series of calculated next steps. Of course there have been…

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