Eleven years ago I gave birth. The doctor announced, "it's a girl," as she took this new life out of my body. Relieved, I released my breath and my body melted down into the bed. A girl. I have a daughter. I got my first glimpse of her and then, as the doctors and nurses … Continue reading 11.
Blogs. Books. Tweets. Facebook posts. Words. Some are beautiful and give you chills. Some are relatable. Some are practical. And some are downright hilarious. Words. Thoughts. Ideas. Images. A way to just say, "see me? I am here!" I just finished the written portion of my qualifying exam for grad school. 12 pages of words. … Continue reading Words.
"Dear God, please I don't know why but, I want to feel special this year for my birthday. Please help me to know I am loved, and special. Help me to let go of my selfish desire for more." A simple prayer I prayed the night before my birthday. I am blessed in so many … Continue reading special.
P: I believe we should have an all-male elder board. H: Is that what the Bible says? P: Yes. It was a conversation my pastor and I had many years ago. I no longer go to that church. It took nearly a decade, and the church lost some members along the way but, the pastor … Continue reading culture, gender, and christianity
Have you ever felt like you had something so good you never wanted to give it up? Maybe it was a house or a favorite sweater. Maybe your first car or a best friend. Maybe even a school project or a favorite recipe. Liz Phair had her favorite pair of underwear... In my very first post … Continue reading my city. my fall.
Our world is filled with so much brokenness, hate, and evil. Last week two black men were killed at the grocery store after the gunman failed to enter a predominately black church. Saturday, a group of Jewish believers were killed in their synagogue. These are just the latest two killings in a string of killings that have plagued our country -- people killed for the crime of.... of what? Living life? Being black? Being Jewish? It's too much for the human mind and senses to grapple with.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about love this year. I've read books, talked to people, and thought about it. A colleague calls it my love quest. What is love? My professor advises us to approach a novel problem by first thinking about it. Once you have a potential answer, go to the … Continue reading love quest
Daffodils are in bloom. I love daffodils -- their bright yellow faces popping up from the cold ground are a sign that spring, with all its glory, is just around the corner. Visions of pink and purple petals floating through the air fill my mind as I try to remember the scent of cherry blossoms … Continue reading spring tears
"Mommy come here!" my daughter called from the bedroom. "What is it sweetheart?" "Mommy look, I have a big bruise here and it hurts. What can I do to make it better?" I looked and sure enough Hannah had a big bruise just below her knee. "Honey, there's nothing you can do for a bruise. … Continue reading pain and healing
I wrote this months ago. I dragged my friend to an open mic night because I felt like it needed to be read aloud. I've made some edits since then. I have tried many tactics to make my commute more enjoyable -- driving, walking, trains, etc. A few months ago, I gave cycling a chance. … Continue reading Learning to ride again.