I zipped into the grocery store when I left work, because we were nearly out of eggs and completely out of baby oranges, and my people will not put up with that kind of neglect. It is a lovely spring day in northeast Ohio, by which I mean that it's stupid cold and there are… Continue reading Snow Showers and Inside Flowers
Written yesterday and slept on. I decided it's still what I'm thinking. -- I am not quite home, but it won't be long. I am sitting in a Starbucks with white noise in my earbuds, gathering my thoughts after a very intense three days. I stopped in Columbus to have brunch with a couple of… Continue reading What’s Next?
I've been pondering the nature of courage lately, and I keep thinking about something that happened at our house on an autumn night some years ago. We were having a bonfire, probably for no other reason than it was a nice night for it, and my cousin Marty came over with his two girls. There… Continue reading Being Brave
At least that's what they're calling this week off school. I haven't seen a lot of evidence of spring. The temperatures are above freezing, at least, and we can all be grateful for that. People keep asking, but we don't have big plans for spring break. The boys already had an extended stay in Florida… Continue reading Spring Break
Hello, friends. You probably noticed that the blog looks a little different. I'm pretty excited about the changes. The first big shift is that I've added a way for all of you to subscribe to my email list, and I would love for every one of you to sign up. If you don't need to… Continue reading A Little Help from My Friends
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