We’ve all seen children put strange things into their mouths. I have a photo of my oldest daughter at nine months, grinning through a mouthful of sand. Kids at that age put everything in their mouth to process, to figure things out, to make sense of the world around them. They learn early on that things have different tastes, textures: sand, pebbles, the hair of a dog. By chomping on things, they come to better understand the larger, as-yet-unknown world.

I do the same, but with words.

I chomp on words, turning them into thoughts, letting them roll around my mind as I process this world, to make better sense of everything around me.

That’s why I’m writing this blog. To process things for myself. But if others need a reason to procrastinate, or have had enough doom-scrolling for the day, I invite you to share my chomping…and see if it provokes new thoughts of your own.