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the words with which I try to say what I see, think, or feel

Bless the notebook that I always carry in my pocket. And the pen. Bless the words with which I try to say what I see, think, or feel. With gratitude for the grace of the earth. The expected and the exception, both. For all the hours I have been given to be in this world. […]

Great New Books: best books of 2014

As you may know, I’m delighted to be a part of the Great New Books team.   Collectively we recommend books we’ve loved (“new” generally means recent though not brand-spanking-new).  I’m proud of the way Great New Books has stuck to the philosophy of only recommending books we truly love.  In a book review climate littered […]

Questions for Writers

Kristen’s blog, Little Lodestar, is one of my regular reads.  Last week she asked as series of nine provocative questions that I have not been able to stop thinking about.  I wanted to share them here, along with my answers, and pose them to all of you at the same time.  I’m endlessly fascinated by […]

Things I Love Lately

A favorite picture from right now, last night, which I shared on Instagram. What I Learned Today in School – Jessica is my oldest and dearest friend, and she’s also both a hugely talented teacher and a wildly beautiful writer.  I adore her reminder that school should be, her her words, “a space — real, imagined […]

the echo of a precarious faith

“…but behind each piece, animating every attempt, is the echo of a precarious faith, that we are more intimately bound to one another by our kindred doubts than our brave conclusions.” -Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering Thank you again to my dearly beloved friend and kindred spirit, Lacy, for sending me this beautiful line.

Story People & words on holiday cards

I love Brian Andreas’ work and I have for a very long time.  We have two Story People prints hanging in our bathroom and one in each of Grace and Whit’s rooms.  I gave prints to each of my bridesmaids at our rehearsal dinner.  It’s impossible for me to read Brian’s pieces without my eyes […]

The Here Year: Gratitude

I was thrilled when Aidan chose Gratitude as the December Here Year theme.  As I just wrote last month, while I love the explosion of gratitude-related posting and Facebooking and general conversation around Thanksgiving, I actually would love to spread the awareness of our good fortune out throughout the year.  It’s one of the things […]

the intangible mysteries of life

One would be difficult, but the short stories of Flannery O’Connor landed hard on me. You could feel within them the unknowability of God, the intangible mysteries of life that confounded her characters, and which I find by my side every day. They contained the dark Gothicness of my childhood and yet made me feel […]

Holiday rituals

Christmas is my favorite holiday.  This month is a special time for those of many faiths, but since I am Christian I will refer to Christmas in this post.  I hope it does not offend.  This is also a season that is now driven by an overwhelming institutional materialism that really bothers me.  Do I […]

10 Things I Want my 10 Year Old Son to Know

It feels like just moments ago that I reflected on the things I wanted Grace to know, deep in her marrow, before she turned ten.  But now it’s Whit who’s staring double digits in the face.  In less than two months he’ll be ten, and there won’t be anyone with a single-digit age in our […]