When Anne Lamott talks about writing, she says that every single thing that happens to us is ours to tell with words. And she says that if people don’t like the way they are portrayed in our stories, maybe they should have been nicer. In this story, I’m the one who needed to act nicer. … More A One-Armed Guy at a Bar
One thing my dad always did for me growing up was make sure my car was running and working well. It was his love language to me. From the moment I could drive, he was constantly inspecting it, taking it for oil changes, taking it to get the tires rotated – he always made … More Love Well
I read a statistic the other day that put me in a box. It tied me up and held me captive. It dared me to try to be anything more, anything better. It rivaled me. It challenged me. Because I have a family history of alcoholism and addiction I’m four times as likely to become an … More On Alcoholism and Addiction
Percy Bysshe Shelley: “Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” Sir Philip Sidney: “Poetry is a speaking picture…” Adrienne Rich: “Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to … More Mediocrity
I think in order to be a writer, God has to give you life experiences that are so real that they provoke emotions out of you that are hidden deep in the crevices of your soul. These things that happen – they engulf your whole character and wreck your every fiber, until the only thing … More Catharsis
I’m writing this post for mostly for myself. Because quite honestly, I really need to figure out a way to combat this in my life. I’ve always battled with jealousy, with comparison, with defeat – I think its in my nature. And its one of the fastest, easiest ways to discourage my soul. The enemy comes right in and camps … More Comparison is the thief of joy, so why can’t we stop?
When you’re not quite there yet, but you want to be there so bad you spend every minute of your time thinking, waiting, wishing, wondering about what it will be like when you’re there – and you completely miss out on the season you’re currently in. Anyone else? We’re expecting our first baby this fall. And … More When You’re Not Quite There Yet, but You’re Anxious to Get Where You’re Going