The Pandemic Hijacked Everyone’s Lives

Finding Avenues of Healing Mentally and Emotionally from the Pandemic

Collection: Thrive Global

Thank you to Thrive Global for publishing these Keen Living articles. To make the articles more easily accessible, links will be collected and listed here at Keen Living with the most current article first. If you haven’t subscribed to Keen Living at http://www.megandaviamikhail.com yet, please do, and you will receive articles as soon as theyContinue reading “Collection: Thrive Global”

Maria Shriver: Exemplifying Keen Living

“I’ve always seen myself as the kind of person who puts my heart and soul into whatever is before me. It’s something that has always made me feel alive and given me purpose, identity, and meaning. I’ve given my all to my mothering, my family, my work, and my service.” Maria Shriver.  January 24, 2021. Continue reading “Maria Shriver: Exemplifying Keen Living”

Persevering with an Exercise Routine

Last year around this same time, I posted on Keen Living about how I started an exercise routine and how to start your own – see January 16, 2020 post for more.  What a difference a year makes…no longer am I a gym member due to the restrictions of COVID-19, and at some point theseContinue reading “Persevering with an Exercise Routine”

Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 2: Forgiveness

In part two of this comparative, the theme of forgiveness will be discussed.  Ann Patchett has written these two novels, summaries below,[i] to deal with sibling relationships.  What sibling relationship doesn’t have the element of forgiveness woven intricately throughout it?  Of course, this process can be dealt with in different ways, and Ann Patchett recognizesContinue reading “Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 2: Forgiveness”

Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 1: The Sibling Bond

When I first started reading Ann Patchett’s writing, it came from the buzz surrounding her books, specifically, “State of Wonder.”  I felt like the people I spoke with who had read her books were filled with excitement when they spoke about her.  Without hesitation, the response from a reader of hers is a response ofContinue reading “Comparative: Ann Patchett’s “Commonwealth” and “The Dutch House” – Part 1: The Sibling Bond”

Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 3: From Innocence Springs Truth

Welcome back if you have read parts 1 and 2, and welcome if you have not!  I will include two short summaries[i] of the books below in the footnotes, if needed.  In this series, I am focusing on the intersection in both books of the following themes:  the history and treatment of Native American Indians,Continue reading “Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 3: From Innocence Springs Truth”

Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 2: Disabilities and Abilities

Welcome back if you have read part 1, and welcome if you have not!  I will include two short summaries[i] of the books below in the footnotes, if needed.  In this series, I am focusing on the intersection in both books of the following themes:  the history and treatment of Native American Indians, characters withContinue reading “Comparative: William Kent Krueger’s “This Tender Land” and “Ordinary Grace” – Part 2: Disabilities and Abilities”