On Running in the Rain

Today is a rainy day. It started raining in the dark hours of night, rained all through the morning and now into the afternoon. The heavens, overflowing with emotion, have alternately sobbed thick sheets of angry tears onto the streets and sidewalks, and wept delicate tears of gratitude and humility ....more

Saying Yes to Less

“But, Mommmyyyy, you’re not listening to me!!!,” my younger son cried from the back seat. “I am listening, Teddy, I just forgot what you said,” I responded guiltily. I tried to repeat back the story he had just told, but I had absolutely no idea ....more

A Letter to the Kids

Today is the first day of school here. I wrote and read this letter to Jackson yesterday, but really it’s a letter for the kids, for ALL the kids. Dear Jackson, Tomorrow is the first day of school ....more

The Only Thing We Can Do

The news reached me, like most people, last Monday evening. Almost instantly the country was awash with stories, news reports, articles, celebrity tributes, talking heads offering their two cents about depression and suicide and addiction. I let the information sink in and settle down ....more

Blog Hopping

I was invited by Angie McMonigal – my partner-in-crime for the Photo Inspiration Challenge – to join a blog hop project that introduces writers, photographers, bloggers, and other creatives around the Internet world. As part of the project I was asked to answer a few questions and then introduce some of my favorite writers. So […] ...more

A Big and Wide Perspective

I have been doing this Photo Inspiration Challenge with Angie McMonigal Photography for more than two years now, and if there is one thing that our collaboration has reinforced week after week (aside from the fact that Angie is an amazing photographer, of course), it is the fact that there are many different ways to […] ...more

Big Questions and Grains of Sand

“It is our nature not only to see that the world is...more

That Other Place

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” — Frederick Buechner Sometimes I imagine that there is a place where things are clean and new ....more

And Then It Happened

I had this vision of how it would happen. It would start with a phone call – or maybe an email – at a time when I least expected it. I would take in the news with a mixture of disbelief and detachment, slowly absorbing what it might mean ....more

That Moment

Within each day, there is a moment. Some days, it is so hidden that I have to squint to find it. Other days, it is so fleeting that it seems to be over almost before it began ....more