What I’m Reminding Myself This Morning

I don’t usually do this. Impromptu blog posts. In fact, I can’t name another time in my entire blogging life I have done this. But here I am. Doing it. I’ll get to this more in a minute, but the fact that I am writing this is made doubly ridiculous by the fact that I […]

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Depression, Creativity and the Dangers of Being Constantly Plugged In

I listened to a podcast recently—an episode of On Being—where Krista Tippet interviews the great poet Mary Oliver. If you have read any of Mary Oliver’s poetry, you know she is brilliant and profound. Her words are shaping the world. And when Krista asked Mary what has helped her to become such a prolific writer, […]

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On Being A Woman in the World Today

A group of us sat around a pool. This was several months ago, so it was still quite warm in Nashville. A few of us had our legs draped in the water. One friend was on a lounge chair close by. Two women were floating on those pink and yellow donut-shaped floaty toys. We were […]

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The Way You Are (A Poem)

Every Thursday I share with you a poem I love or one I’ve written. Today’s poem is called The Way You Are and is about people who are hiding under layers of bravado and narcissism. I hope you like it. The Way You Are You say this is just the way you are—to which I […]

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Why You’re Always Falling in Love With the Wrong Person

I wish I would have been sitting down when she said it. I wasn’t. I was standing in the doorway of a coffee shop, saying goodbye with keys in my hand—so ready to leave—and that was before she even opened her mouth. “You and me,” she said, “always falling for the wrong guys.” I laughed—a […]

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A Different Kind of Attention (a Poem)

Every Thursday I share a poem with you that I love, or one I’ve written. This is one I wrote for a friend recently who mentioned he felt like a failure. It’s called A Different Kind of Attention. I hope you enjoy. A Different Kind of Attention When you wake up one morning and everything […]

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What to Do When You Want to Give Up and Quit Everything

Every now and then this feeling comes around—like everything I’m doing is for nothing and I might as well give up. This time it showed up on Tuesday morning, around 5:40am. Discouragement is just so normal like that. It rolls up next to us at stoplights or comes streaming in through the window with the […]

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The Good Wife (A Poem)

On Thursdays, I always share a poem with you—one I love or one I’ve written. Today’s poem is one I wrote called The Good Wife. I hope you enjoy. The Good Wife She is holding a spatula in her hand when her husband comes home from work, barking about how she forgot to turn on […]

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Running, Hiding and Falling in Love

I started running about ten years ago, during a dark season of my twenties. Yet another one of my relationships had ended in “failure” and I felt like love was something other people could make work, but not me. So I took up running as a sort of sanctuary, a reminder that no matter what […]

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Love Goes On (A Poem)

The Thursday tradition continues, where I share with you a poem with you I’ve written, or one I love. Today’s poem is one I wrote called Love Goes On. I hope you like it! Love Goes On I have not seen you in seven days now. The last time we spoke on the phone was […]

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