Turn around

As I was walking to work the other day a lot of things were floating through my head — how much I had to do, my task list, my next paper due in classes, my novel I need to get finished, etc. And then I realized, I was allowing myself to drown in that moment... Continue Reading →

Grateful for knowledge

  Last night I turned in my final assignment for the semester, my first semester as a grad student in creative writing. There was quite a bit of celebrating as I hit the submit button, I admit, but also a bit of sadness. This semester has been a mixture of emotions. I have been out of... Continue Reading →

Day 800 of thankfuls, 800 days of change

I cannot believe my thankful project reached day 800 a few days ago. Day. 800. That's a lot of living! My journey with posting thankfuls on my personal Facebook account began in November 2013 — almost three years ago. I started it, like many of my Facebook friends, during the month of Thanksgiving and I... Continue Reading →

Slow down

I was having a conversation with someone this week about slowing down and noticing the world around us...she'll know who she is if she reads this. As I'm listening to her talk and tell her story she used as an example, I realized something about myself — how often I don't slow down and enjoy... Continue Reading →

Missouri State Pen

This weekend I had the opportunity to live a dream — an overnight paranormal investigation of a decommissioned prison. I went with a group to Missouri State Penitentiary, in Jefferson City, Mo., which was originally opened in 1836 and decommissioned in 2004. It was once the largest prison in the United States and held 5,200... Continue Reading →

600 days of gratitude

A couple of days ago I hit day 600 in my personal Facebook gratitude posts. SIX HUNDRED. Six hundred days of posting what I'm grateful for. Six hundred days. That's a lot of days and it blows me away that I've kept it up this long. Call it dedicated, compulsive, whatever, but I've never been sorry... Continue Reading →

A man and his dog

I haven't been able to do nearly as much as I used to in these few weeks since surgery...major surgery will do that to you. But last night I was able to get out and see the world. I was thrilled to see a road we usually take was open after floods. Finally! They hadn't... Continue Reading →

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