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In early January, Matt was showing me something to do with his leg.  He got onto his knees and turned around.  Just the mere fact of that caused me to draw breath: a few months earlier, he’d been immobile, flat on his back, with a good but attenuated prognosis. My fingers moved unconsciously to the […]

the wonder and the terror

The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive. -Carlos Castaneda Thank you to Lindsey Rainwater, in whose Twitter feed I found this lovely quote.

Winter break

I want to remember winter break this year, because it was utterly ordinary and not at all perfect.  Already, as I write this in early January, the not-perfectness, the yelling and the imperfection, is fading into the slurry of memory and I’m recalling the shimmer of quiet days together.  It was the last time that […]

to see as many chips of blue sky as we can bear

Maybe this is what grace is, the unseen sounds that make you look up. I think it’s why we are here, to see as many chips of blue sky as we can bear. To find the diamond hearts within one another’s meatballs. To notice flickers of the divine, like dust motes on sunbeams in your […]

Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary

Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. – Plato I found this quote, the first sentence of which is as good an encapsulation of what I believe as I’ve ever read, on Kerry Landreth’s beautiful blog, […]

Things I Love Lately

Great New Books – As you may or may not know, I write occasionally for Great New Books, reviewing a book I’ve loved.  At the end of the year we always publish a series of group posts, which I really love.  We shared our Best Books of 2016, our Favorite Book Quotes from 2016, our […]

word of the year 2017

Sometimes, I choose a word of the year.  Sometimes, I don’t.  It depends on whether a word presents itself to me in the days and weeks leading up to the end of a year. My 2016 word was ease, which felt both ironic and essential as the year unfolded not at all easefully.  In 2011, […]

the same thing

In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing. – Jack Kornfield

2016 in review: October, November, December

One random October Sunday, on the steps of the McKim, Mead & White Boston Public Library I wrote about the gifts strangely, beautifully, painfully wrapped, that Matt’s injury held. The word I chose for 2016 feels ironic or almost comical, sometimes.  Maybe it’s time to rethink what “ease” means to me? Grace turned fourteen. In […]

2016 in review: July, August, September

Sunset on July 4, 2016 We celebrated the Fourth of July with my sister and her family, as has become tradition. I took the month of August off from blogging. I reflected on the summer that was.  Spoiler: it ended with a big accident. Matt and I marked our 16th anniversary.  It was a bit […]