On Letting Go

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I watered the flowers in the dark last night, by the light of the waxing gibbous moon. I shivered in the cool air, realizing for the first time that Fall is coming soon. My hands are a sieve and time is passing through them. Summer slipped through the cracks and crevices, and a few big memories … [continue]

Unqualified

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I chose the word "Embrace" as my touchstone this year--it's the word I return to when the view through the lens of my life grows scratched over and shadowed, when everything looks dim. I chose Embrace to walk beside me as a guide of sorts, and I hung a watercolor of my word on the wall where I'm … [continue]

Simply Tuesday: A Book Story and Giveaway

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We spent last week sitting on a beach surrounded by surf, sand, and good books. We had a great big sky above us and a deck where we could sit and listen to the birds chatter in the marsh while the sun lowered behind them. I held every good thing from the tip of my fingers--my people, my journal, my … [continue]

Making Room for Old Plans Made New

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Two years ago, I asked an artist friend to create a painting of Switzerland for my husband's fortieth birthday. I took photos of my favorite view, one that belonged on the face of a postcard, and someday I hoped, on a painting. I sent the artist the photos, he sent me some sketches. I congratulated … [continue]

Trading Fears

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I leave home this Friday for my first residency at Graduate school. As if starting a new job wasn't enough change for my husband and kids to adjust to, I'm also beginning a two-year MFA program at the same time. Friends and family ask if I'm excited and I always reply yes, if excited means the same … [continue]