That Thing. The One You Keep Trying to Avoid, What If It’s Your Next Step? Fiercely Facing Fear

I tend to magnify my fears through the lens of melodrama. I have skills.  Skills I put to work, last weekend, at the Speak Up Conference. Part of the conference offerings is an opportunity to paticipate in a series of fifteen minute one to one meetings with publishers, agents, consultants… Read more

Speak Up- Conference 2015 In Which I find a dose of humility in a broken zipper and Encouragement at the Conference.

I rode into Grand Rapids on physical and emotional fumes. I wasn’t sure I should be there. It didn’t make financial sense. Writing and speaking is not the most profitable endeavor in the beginning stages. Investing in myself..can make me feel guilty. Sometimes.This was one of those times. It was… Read more

Clogged Air Intakes and the Hard Work of Embracing Rest

I slipped out of my shorts at the last possible moment before climbing onto the jet-ski, sweaty after already wrestling the lawnmower and in great need of a bit of speed for relaxing. (Oxymoron? Not to me. Carry on.) Life jacket on, I climbed aboard and and took off for… Read more

That’s Not the Nest We’re Looking For….

“Mom! HURRY! You won’t believe it! There’s a nest in the campfire wood!” I have a thing for nests. Enter “Even here” or “Nest” in the search bar and you’ll see what I mean. Nests have become a talisman or ebenezer of sorts. Something physical that reminds me of God’s… Read more

A Few Miles in the Shoes of Caregivers and How YOU, Can Care for Caregivers

“What day is it?” I wake up in a panic. “Is this a treatment week, a side effect week, an off week or a work week?” I check my calendar. Whew. An “off” week. Good. That means it’s a week to catch up on “stuff”: Laundry. (Which is “enhanced” by treatment… Read more

Ism’s, Schism’s and A Prayer for Fierce Unity and Love.

Ism’s. Racism. Sexism. Ageism. Unfortunately-the list goes on forever. The truth is from ethnicity to religion to hairstyle etc. We isolate from and judge others. As less than.  We use ism’s to differentiate. Some, are not bad, they are simply categories.(Even though in general, I hate categories and labels.) I… Read more

What Everyone Needs: Friends Who Show Up. Even When You, Don’t.

I felt like everything including my body, was falling apart. I was doing everything I knew to do to cope, including, prayer, studying scripture taking breaks to care for myself and upping my Zoloft dose- but it wasn’t enough. I called a girlfriend fire drill. “I need to get together…. Read more

Creation and Created. The Dichotomy of Beauty

Do you ever just feel like the world is a big, ugly jacked up mess? I do. Usually after watching the news. (Which I try to avoid without becoming Amish.Cause it would pretty much require take that conversion to be truly free of the 24/7 news cycle.) Honestly? Avoiding the… Read more

The Cost of Integrity, The Value of a Cupcake.

“SCREEEECH” I (Unfortunately) recognized the sound as soon as I heard it. It was the sound of bumper scraping bumper. Even worse? I was turning into a parking spot at one of my places of respite the bookstore.  I was also on a mission…. the mission did not include my… Read more

What they don’t tell you about boys and puberty.

Disclaimer: Puberty. Enough said. Everybody talks about girls and puberty. The moodiness, The sass. The out of control body changes and image issues that arrive with them. Rollercoaster emotions and hormone driven, temporary insanity with a side of distaste for all things parental. Especially when it comes to the new… Read more