On one hand, there are entire shows about remodeling houses—and I am only talking about redoing my floors. (Totally smitten with dark, textured hardwood.) Okay, and maybe enclose the deck to create a sunroom. I’m in my mid-40s, aren’t I allowed? The TV remote slips. I’m in my mid-40s. I can’t redo time. I can’t spend the next year, my attention, or thousands of dollars on the remodel and significantly help those children flickering across the other channel. Humans trafficked, refugees, hungry, homeless, suffering. See, this is the other hand. I only have one life. And so do they.




Laurie Mikulasek has a BA in Philosophy, MA in Consciousness Studies, and soon her MFA in Creative Writing from PLU’s Rainier Writing Workshop. She has spent her life collecting “good writing material,” including an array of employment experiences spanning from Film Actor to Psi Researcher to Ranch Hand to Philosophy Instructor to Waitress at the Grand Canyon. She lives in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains with several pets, her husband, and their three brilliant and amazing and messy kids. Her work has been published in Noetic Sciences Review and Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak.