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Facing Death with Love

Have I told you about Mrs. Mary? My 97 year old neighbor who informed me she was a widow and an orphan with no children on the first day we met? She broke her hip, ended up having some complications during the repair surgery, ended up getting another surgery, and then...

What Stories are You Telling Yourself?

“Don’t take it as metaphor for your life.” That’s what me and my sisters always say when something crappy happens and one of us reads too much into it! We started saying this because one time one of us sisters was going through a really REALLY difficult time, both...

Are you Afraid of the Dark?

Today the light is dark. Clouds hover low, ready to burst into tears. I don’t feel the hope that sunny days bring; I just feel a little tired. I see the brown grass, the bare tree limbs, the winter’s muted colors. I am restless, groggy from an hour less of sleep...

What to do with Guilt, Blame, and Shame

What should I do when I feel self-blame, guilt, and shame? My kids love stories about superheroes and “bad guys.” They love to tie fabric around their necks and fly around the living room in their “capes” chasing “bad guys” and putting them in “jail.” It’s fun to see...
Growing up, Again

Growing up, Again

Remember the butterfly metamorphosis last summer? Gosh dangit I thought it was just a metaphor about my past. Here I am, squished and changing in the dark. I have no clue when I will emerge or what I will look like. All I know for sure is I’m at the point of no return...

Aggressive Peace After Sexual Assault

Today I planned to work on writing my book. I was updating something in Instagram and came upon this post and I couldn’t get past it: “Every time I’m annoyed, angered, frustrated, and confused by the proceedings it’s evidence that I am a peacemaker- so I will...
Sarah Bessey’s Super Freak Fan

Sarah Bessey’s Super Freak Fan

#throwbackthursday to when I irresponsibly and spontaneously decided the day of to drive 2 hrs out of town by myself to see @sarahbessey speak! I had zero chill and when I met her I told her multiple times I was a “superfan”… so I could see how she...
The Alchemy of Metamorphosis

The Alchemy of Metamorphosis

My daughter has been begging me for a pet, so of course I took the easy route when she found some monarch butterfly caterpillars and asked if they could be her pet. Sure! Why not? It’s an easy yes. Free- Check. Clean- Check. Doesn’t bite- Check. Welcome,...
Do you Own Yourself?

Do you Own Yourself?

What would happen if we believed in ourselves enough to fully own ourselves? What would happen if we didn’t hold back when we do whatever we love to do? If we loved and valued ourselves as worthy of expression then what choices would we make differently? BUT- if I did...