How to Be Divorced

How to Be Divorced

March 19, 2020

Your sister who has gone through her own divorce not long ago and still was able to show up and walk alongside the whole time. You look at her struggle, her transformation, her healing. You study it, not wanting to miss anything.

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Everyone Else's Emergency

Everyone Else's Emergency

October 17, 2019

 I don’t know which lens to wear to handle the news that the world, as I know it, might be ending in my lifetime. It’s not real, I think, I hope, because it doesn’t seem to be happening to me.

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A Time to be Born

A Time to be Born

June 04, 2019

We tear and mend and tear again. We speak and find quiet and speak again. We weep and laugh and weep and laugh again. This is a list of cycles, because seasons are like that.

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On the Search for What Matters

On the Search for What Matters

March 19, 2019

For the last six months I have been navigating this wall of hurt and pain and sadness and existential crisis. What matters? What really matters? Each thing that crops up in a day I weigh against all the other stresses. There is too much of it.

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God's Business

God's Business

January 08, 2019

I’m proud of the work I’ve produced. I’m grateful to have had the books published. It’s soul writing. It feeds my spirit. Truth is, though, it does not always feed my family. That’s just the reality of it. And that, too, is the struggle.

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Being Ready: The Myth of the Muse

Being Ready: The Myth of the Muse

May 24, 2018

I have eaten my weight in words. I have a book deadline, and I’m not at all close to finishing in time. For someone like me, who usually thrives on a deadline, it’s disconcerting. I have not been avoiding the task of writing this latest book, I promise.

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You Must Change Your Life

You Must Change Your Life

January 16, 2018

 I must change my life, I thought. Is this what Rilke meant? That I should “get healthy?” I should eat better, drink better? I jumped to this conclusion in the aisle at my grocery store.

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Discovering Wilderness in the City

Discovering Wilderness in the City

September 19, 2017

I make it a point on this walk to find nature, identify and tag it silently, like an urban anthropologist. It feels like progress. It feels, perhaps, like a down payment on the benefits I’d get from a day in the woods, a week in the mountains, or a night beside the ocean. It’s not the woods, but maybe it’s close enough, I think.

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An Open Letter to George Saunders

An Open Letter to George Saunders

June 27, 2017

Damn it, George. I’m tired of crying today. And it’s your fault I’m crying if you must know. I picked up Lincoln in the Bardo because I loved your short story collection, Tenth of December. Whether it was the dark commentary on human nature, the…

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The Anatomy of Aging (or, The Best Year Ever!)

The Anatomy of Aging (or, The Best Year Ever!)

February 14, 2017

In about eight months, I’ll turn fifty. I didn’t think it bothered me all that much. Aging and the ascending number on the pull-down menus were just a nuisance more than anything else but this past year I’ve been noticing the ticking clock, the changing calendar.

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Instead of Certainty

Instead of Certainty

October 16, 2016

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The Caring Bridge: Cancer and the Meaning of Battles

The Caring Bridge: Cancer and the Meaning of Battles

August 25, 2016

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Three More Ways to Give Up

Three More Ways to Give Up

June 06, 2016

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We Can Be Heroes: In Memoriam of Harper Lee (And Others)

We Can Be Heroes: In Memoriam of Harper Lee (And Others)

February 27, 2016

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Go Set A Watchman: This is NOT a Review

Go Set A Watchman: This is NOT a Review

November 18, 2015

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Save Ruminate: Living and Dying and Making a Difference

Save Ruminate: Living and Dying and Making a Difference

October 29, 2015

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Fifty Shades of Atticus Finch

Fifty Shades of Atticus Finch

August 04, 2015

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Brain Fog Advisory

Brain Fog Advisory

July 07, 2015

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[Interview] Luci Shaw: Adventure and Ascent

[Interview] Luci Shaw: Adventure and Ascent

June 04, 2015

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Recovering Ourselves: When Technology Fails

Recovering Ourselves: When Technology Fails

April 01, 2015

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Rule #1: Never Swim Alone

Rule #1: Never Swim Alone

February 17, 2015

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Her Kind: Anne Sexton, Hoarders, and Kinship

Her Kind: Anne Sexton, Hoarders, and Kinship

January 15, 2015

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Solstice to Solstice: Waiting for Christmas

Solstice to Solstice: Waiting for Christmas

December 23, 2014

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An Apology and an Affirmation; or, In Praise of Yoga Pants

An Apology and an Affirmation; or, In Praise of Yoga Pants

October 18, 2014

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All the day

All the day

September 23, 2014

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All About Birds

All About Birds

July 03, 2014

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Adventures in Extreme Gardening

Adventures in Extreme Gardening

June 17, 2014

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Magic and Metal: On Writing and Publishing

Magic and Metal: On Writing and Publishing

April 24, 2014

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Everybody Has a Hatchet

Everybody Has a Hatchet

April 03, 2014

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I Hope I Do

I Hope I Do

January 30, 2014

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Giant in the Road

Giant in the Road

November 19, 2013

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Cry Together

Cry Together

August 29, 2013

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Inked

Inked

August 27, 2013

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Leaning

Leaning

June 13, 2013

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Better Safe than Sorry

Better Safe than Sorry

June 05, 2013

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