Today’s poem is a haiku. BURN Sparks fly from the urn. Smoke rising, carries soul words; TCOYOS night ends.
feet, bare and winter-dry, meet the mat. good morning. thighs, cold and stiff, cannot forget the herb garden. arms, stretched and open, palms face up to hold the sun. heart, quiet and focused, open wide. namaste.
Ann Patchett writes books I love to read, due in large part to the rich texture and sense of place they contain. She uses a lot of words to create the images of the scenery, the environment, the neighborhood, the people… “costuming”, as she referred to it. When I write, I find that those things […]
I have been struggling with what to do with my recognized “whiteness” lately. At the same time, I’ve been looking for opportunities to have conversations with my son and daughters about the relative ease of our lives, and the responsibility we have to lift up those around us and stand with them as they fight […]
I spent the first full work day of our new president’s term in my pajamas scanning social media and news outlets, exhausted after my trip to DC where I joined a few other people to make sure he was aware we have expectations of his administration. Because even though I didn’t vote for him, he […]
This week, I’m in Washington, DC, making my voice heard and my opinion known, and gathering stories about women supporting women for Tribe of Women. In my previous post, I shared one of the main reasons I am here on a personal level, and today I am sharing another: It’s time to Stand Up. On […]
This weekend, I’ll be in our nation’s capital with a few hundred thousand other women who are gathering to make our voices heard at the Women’s March on Washington. At 51, this is my first foray into activism on a major scale. (I walked in a March of Dimes thing in high school, but that […]
I picked up a little green book at the bookstore yesterday, called Brave Enough. Maybe you’ve read it? It’s author is one of my favorites – Cheryl Strayed. She is one of those unique souls who, without meaning to, speaks words that touch hearts and minds of thousands of people. Those people have a special […]
I was raised in church, and spent a year at a small bible college in Arkansas. Suffice to say, I know how to pray. But after many years away from church, coming back to a spiritual practice looks and feels much different. For me, praying and meditating are, at their core, the same thing. I […]
Sometimes, it feels like everyone I follow online is an expert in being productive, staying focused, making the most of my writing time, and making sure that I am hustling to be the most effective, efficient parent/writer/wife/friend I can be. It’s exhausting to be constantly worried that I am not productive enough, focused enough, parenting […]