This smile is confident without flattery. It’s bold without bravado. It’s gentle. It’s comforting and strong. It’s contagious even when it’s quiet. It’s yours, not a copycat pucker.
If any of these good looking dark green, deep red, light green, thin, fat, lanky, abundant air cleansers, butterfly attracters, and deer candy end up in the heap of compost behind our fence, I’ll have a few really bad days all in a row.
I don’t have enough time for even one.
I guess what I’m saying is that I’m not going to write tonight.
I think that’s how I would have addressed youif I’d met youthis side of the Jordan If I cared more about historyI would have admired you longer;I’ve missed out. But my children will hear about you.Tomorrow I’ll tell their 5 and 3 year old heartsA story of non-trendy grit. They’ll askWhat color is he?and I’ll […]
It was somewhere between 2011 and 2013, I’d guess. I was married but didn’t have any children so it was easy to agree to middle-of-the-day activities. I served as an elder in my church and volunteered, along with another elder to take Communion to someone who couldn’t attend our worship services. The other elder was […]
(From my latest podcast episode. Click here to listen: https://apple.co/2BmmB6o) One listener wrote the following: “In short, loneliness encompasses my life from the past 3-6 months, but really even throughout this past year. The changes happened abruptly. Friends and family moved away. Friends hit life milestones, while I was over here wishing I could be […]
Unconsciously, I’d thought this was a performance. You do the hard prep work, you birth the child and then… Apparently I was waiting for someone to applaud and hand me flowers. They never showed up.
I needed to be alone–it was all too much and just so strange.
Is a rock solid romance a real thing? The quick answer is a sharp, “No”. Now listen in.
It’s incredibly idealistic and a matter of privilege that I can explore the blessings of isolation and also soak them up. I don’t pretend to have answers for anyone for whom this currently reality is crushing. These are reflections. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAr_iQzWl5Q]
So often we try to condense our world into bullet points. It’s easier that way until it’s not. Our lives are a mess of complex pieces and the words we use to sort through them are each important to our ability to see ourselves and see each other. I’m crafting a podcast space called wordhabit, […]