Category Family

All The Things I Learned From You

At some point, my grandfather decided to not read most of my blog posts because they are “too sad.” Which is a fair point, I suppose. However, this post is about him, so he’ll probably read it. Sorry Gramps, cause some of it is sad. I can’t help myself. In fact, let’s just jump right […]

Dear Mom

To be entirely honest, I procrastinated getting you a Mother’s Day present. Or getting you a card. But I’m not really a fan of most Mother’s Day cards anyway. I actually had a conversation earlier today about the challenge of finding a good greeting card: so many cards are just full of cliches or hyperbolic […]

Reasons to Stay Alive

When it comes down to it, it is often the little things that get me out of bed in the morning. On Monday for instance, I had a badass outfit to wear. Seriously folks, that’s what ultimately convinced me to not snooze my alarm for the fifth time. I’m telling you, it’s joy in the […]

Always In My Heart

My grandma’s death was one of the most beautiful and terrible experiences of my life. The day she died was a grey and rainy day in the middle of summer -which later we would comment as being funny timing. The dreariness coming as a surprise in the middle of a string of sunny days. The […]


I enjoyed a gorgeously slow and full 4th of July yesterday, which included a small, lunch picnic with a friend who unfortunately had to work, a lazy afternoon reading by a creek, a BBQ, and a quiet evening smattered with backyard fireworks. I’ve been lucky to spend much of the last two days with one […]

Oh Brother

I talked to my older brother, Ezekiel, yesterday. It had been about a month since we last talked, which is longer than we usually go. (I may have ignored a couple of his calls on the way . . . but shh). I like my older brother a lot. I’ve always thought he was cool […]

Under My Skin

People get there. Sometimes I love people so much that it breaks my heart. I work at a Senior/Community Center, and am blessed to see a handful of regulars on a daily basis. Some days this work feels tragic. Others it is just overwhelmingly too good. Eddie and Jo Jo are two brothers who come […]