In Between

In Between

I feel like I am hovering in the in between. As I slowly unravel my past and write more about Thailand, I find myself caught in some dream world between past and present, between my old self and my new one, looking for the true me that might be some amalgam of both. I wrote a book, sent it to two agents and a small publisher, heard nothing, and stopped. I just stopped. I haven't quit. I've haven't given up. I've got a Pinterest board of small publishers that I can send my…Read more …
Where I Found God: In Words

Where I Found God: In Words

I found Lily Dunn through her incredible article in Relevant Magazine called "4 Lies the Church Taught Me About Sex."┬áSince then I have enjoyed her blog, where she is never afraid to tackle tough subjects (she has another series on Sex and the Church going right now!), but always leaves her readers with hope for an authentic faith. I am honored to have her voice right here on the blog today. Where I Found God: In Words The room was dark except for the stage lights illuminating the guitarist and the rest of…Read more …

When I Call Myself A Poet Again

I graduated with an MFA four years ago. During the program, I concentrated on poetry. But sometime between then and now, I quit thinking of myself as a poet. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was all the rejections. I'm in the hundreds now. After so many people tell you you're not good enough, you start to think you're not good enough. Maybe it was all the comparisons. I know a lot of great poets. Superb poets. Poets I want to be. But I am not them. I am me. And I am…Read more …
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day: On Absence and Rebirth

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day: On Absence and Rebirth

So I didn't know it until I was perusing Facebook this afternoon, but today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. I didn't even know such a thing existed. But I'm glad it does. The terrible thing about pregnancy loss is the absence of a person who was wanted. Many times, a mother never gets to hold her child. Or sometimes mothers hold their stillborn babies for a short time, trying to imagine their breaths, their life. Time brings you to due dates and birthdays and first days of school and all those…Read more …
Where I Found God: LGBT Yoga

Where I Found God: LGBT Yoga

I found Rachel Haltiwanger online, only to discover that we have so much in common! We're both ESL teachers, we've both traveled to other countries, and (wait for it) we both live in Nashville! Rachel just moved here from Mexico, so we haven't met up in person just yet, but plan to soon. Rachel writes about cross-cultural experiences, wrestling with faith, and transparent living. Her love for all people easily shines through her writing. BTW she's got a great series on misfit faith going on her blog right now. Rachel's words often challenge…Read more …