One Word 365: Mid-Year Word Change?

For a few years I've been choosing one word or mantra for the year instead of making New Years Resolutions. This past January the word I chose was enough. I wanted to begin to truly believe in my own worth. That I don't have to please everyone or act a certain way or do certain things to be a person of value. That even though I have flaws and screw up and am imperfect, as a human being I am enough, and I am worthy of love. I've been trying to learn about…Read more …
Searching for Peace, Stillness, and Silence

Searching for Peace, Stillness, and Silence

It has been one heckuva summer in the Sorrell house. At the very beginning of June, we met with our realtor to talk about maybe possibly putting our house up for sale sometime in the indefinite future. We have been wanting to move closer to everyone's work. Our realtor told us if we wanted it to sell this summer, we needed to list it before the end of June. As you can imagine, we went into instant de-cluttering/repairing/preparing the house mode. Much of our summer has involved the house situation, from meetings with our realtor…Read more …
Remembering Father Gordon

Remembering Father Gordon

Dear Fr. Gordon, You heard my last confession, which was many months ago now. But I have been thinking of that moment since you passed away earlier this week. After that confession, I wanted to write you a letter. I wanted to say more. But I never did. So, Fr. Gordon, here is your letter. I missed you today. I missed seeing you in the seat next to your wife, and I missed seeing you at the back near one of the icons waiting to hear confessions. I mostly missed you at coffee…Read more …
The Art of Slow Art

The Art of Slow Art

I know the blog's been quiet lately. It has been the busiest summer we've had in several years! I am currently at a writing workshop called the Collegeville Institute, and though I've only been here for about 36 hours now, it's already shaping up to be an incredible week. This morning I hiked a trail around a lake that led to a little chapel called Stella Maris, which means star of the sea. (Pictured in the header photo above.) This evening I got to participate in Evening prayers with the monks here. It's been…Read more …

An Interview and a Guest Post

I know I've been in this space pretty sparsely lately, but I am trying to trade some online time for real-life time with my family this summer! I am also continuing to work on my poetry and generally trying to relax as much as I can as this will be a short summer (only 3 weeks of it left for me!). But I did want to jump on the blog today to tell you about a couple of internet pieces that went live this week. My friend Lily interviewed me about writing, poetry,…Read more …