Mental Health, School Shootings and The Upside Down

Four months ago I found myself on the verge of a mental breakdown. It was the most intense experience I've ever gone through, natural childbirth included. It came on suddenly and unexpectedly. Hindsight has shown me the signs that led up to it but I didn't see them at the time. I am prone to … Continue reading Mental Health, School Shootings and The Upside Down

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When Religion Trumps Relationship

We went to church again this morning. Last week was our first time to attend, just the six of us, in several years. Week two proved less anxiety ridden than week one, thank goodness. Church is a reminder of where I have been, who I have been, that which I have lost. But it is … Continue reading When Religion Trumps Relationship

To My Friends Experiencing a Faith Transition

So this feels like the scariest, most vulnerable post I've ever written. As I sit here staring at the cursor blinking on my laptop screen, my fear is pleading with me to hide this away and add a few more bricks to the fortress around my heart. But someone reminded me this week that the … Continue reading To My Friends Experiencing a Faith Transition

An Artist’s Prayer

O Great Creator, We are gathered together in your name That we may be of greater service to you And to our fellows. We offer ourselves to you as instruments. We open ourselves to your creativity in our lives. We surrender to you our old ideas. We welcome your new and more expansive ideas. We … Continue reading An Artist’s Prayer

A Conversation with Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert

One of the (many) perks of living in Nashville is the frequent opportunity to connect with the literary world in general and some of my favorite writers in particular. Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in on a conversation between Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert at the Nashville Public Library Literary Award Public Lecture … Continue reading A Conversation with Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert