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Cultivate the deep, cultivate the simple

“Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us shallow and complicated.” Fred Rogers said that. As in Mister. As in the fire engine red cardigan and the songs about neighbors. And I’ve been ruminating on those words this past month. Complicated. How often do I use that word in my daily life? How often ...

One Word 2015: Cultivate

I know, you’re supposed to pick your word for the year during the first week of January. That week I was on vacation and taking naps. Well, then you’re supposed to pick your word for the year the second week of January. Sorry. I was unpacking and putting away clothes and organizing all the stuff we brought back to ...

The Risk of Silence (on NOT blogging this summer)

I’m not blogging this month. Or next month. It seems that right now, I’ve run clear out of things to say. I’m not blogging because for months I was churning out words furiously, sacrificing too much time with my family, sacrificing rest. And I don’t think it was worth it. I’m not blogging because blogging ...

Let’s hop around the web today, okay?

I have a couple of pieces out in the world today. You can click around and see them. Cool? Cool. [caption id="attachment_8804" align="aligncenter" width="691"] One of the sweetest moments of meeting my sponsored child, Heydi, last September.[/caption]   Some of you might remember that I had the opportunity to ...

An Invitation to Slow Work

  At the Festival of Faith and Writing I happily found myself in a session titled “Slow Reading.” I joked to a couple of friends on my way to the session that my whole reason for going was to make myself feel better about my inability to read anything half as fast as most of my peers. It’s true. I’m a slow ...

Time and Priorities

[caption id="attachment_7007" align="aligncenter" width="629"] Wishing this man had a cute skirt on instead. It'd be more fitting...[/caption]   On Tuesday, Ann Voskamp posted How to Find Time and Space for the Life You Want (Part 2). It's lovely and totally worth reading. I feel like its concept is so simple and ...

On Writing (and my memoir)

I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know my head. All my life, my thoughts have been ferocious and loud, clanging inside my skull, daring me to control them. All my life, I’ve understood that they’d calm if I could pull them out like Professor Dumbledore with his sieve, reaching in and plucking forth the silver slither ...