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Why I’m Writing a Letter to Every Day in 2017

I remember, Pre-Internet, at the beginning of each year a set of skinny journals would appear on store shelves, all lined together in a box.  Their spines read January, February, March and continued with all the lovely names of the year.  Just looking at them made me think about all the life I could record in all of ...

A Toast For You

One of my favorite parts of a meal is the toast - formal or informal, clinking thin wine glasses together or touching two pieces of takeout pizza over a picnic on the living room floor.  Words spoken over a gathering of people is totally my jam. For the longest time, a group of girls gathered around my kitchen table ...

2nd Year Anniversaries and 24 Hour Road Trips

Scott and I are currently driving through Wyoming en route to Idaho, land of mountains, potato fields, rushing rivers, and huckleberries. All of Idaho looks like it belongs in a snow globe, complete with skinny pine trees and log cabins, more believable as a souvenir on a shelf than as a place people actually ...

On Turning 30

Dear 30, You arrived like the bird singing outside my window, soft notes announcing the coming of Spring.  Like the tinkling of the neighbor's wind chimes, the coolish-warmish wind swirling through our back porches.  Twenty felt like a party, like a brash ownership of adulthood and life decisions and a collection of ...

On Dreams Coming True

One of my family members once described his time at a friary to me.  He told me one of his tasks was to aid the groundskeeper, and one of the groundskeeper's tasks was watering the trees.  The two of them carried large buckets of water across the grounds and placed them among the trees.  Each bucket had a ...

Spiritual Disciplines Like It’s 1999

I've always appreciated being grouped in with the Millenials because I remember exactly what I was doing on December 31st, 1999.  I was thirteen and my brother and I watched the first Matrix that afternoon (which was more terrifying in the light of Y2K, the internet, and Keanu Reeves).  I went to a sleepover at my ...

Coffee Dates and Book Launches

  If you and I were to meet for coffee right now, I'd take you downstairs to my mug collection and tell you stories of the people and places those mugs represent.  Moments in time encapsulated in colorful ceramic.  There was that time we traveled to Pennsylvania and I successfully lied to the girl our best ...