I'm having an afternoon out. It includes a cookie, because all the best afternoons should. I had a late lunch with a friend and we accidentally talked for three hours. Now I'm having my cookie by myself in Panera and when I get done and hit Publish on this I'll be trying to write something… Continue reading Friends We Haven’t Met
This morning. I stopped, even though I didn't quite have time. But man. That dark foreground, and the cloud, and the light breaking through behind it. Anne Lamott said all our prayers, at their core, come down to three words: help, thanks, wow. Wow. Amen.
It's been kind of a rough day. I've spent a lot of time trying not to cry, which is exhausting and, at least for me, ultimately futile. I have no dire news; nothing has happened to me or my immediate family. But one way or another, a lot of people I care about are in… Continue reading Elephants, and Friends
I don't know if you heard about this, but earlier in February, there was an incident involving Spirit Airlines. A young woman says that they told her she couldn't bring her emotional support hamster on board the airplane, and suggested instead that she flush the animal down the toilet. I'm not making this up. I… Continue reading A Viral Hamster Incident
I lost my mind in early December and signed up for a writing conference. It's coming up in April, and there was an associated contest. I decided to enter, but I thought I wasn't going to make it. The essay was due on January 3, and we all know how I feel about December. It… Continue reading Eagle-Eyed
It is the darkest day of the year. There are literally fewer minutes of sunlight today than any other day all year. And ... it feels dark, too. For so many people, December is hard. They are navigating grief, brand new or a few months old. It is the first Christmas with that particular hole… Continue reading The Long Night
The first sign of Christmas at our house is always the Advent calendar. The first day is tomorrow (December is comin' on like a freight train, y'all), and I put it up on the mantel after the boys left for school this morning. They'll discover it sometime today while I'm at work, and despite repeated talks… Continue reading Here We Go