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My favorite photo of 2019

Happy 2020! I’m sure you’ve heard it, or read it or thought it a hundred times already this year, but here it is again: Time really is flying by. I remember ushering in the year 2000–a young 20-something, dewy new mama–thinking, “Gosh,...

Coming Home to Children’s Literature

I am enrolled this fall in a children’s literature course at Hollins. I’ve been slowly picking my way through classes in Hollins MALS program: Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies. My focus is—shocking—all things literature. Immersing myself if children’s literature...

Learning to Play and 'Consider the Lilies'

I am about three months from the deadline of my first book-length manuscript. What never felt like an expanse of time, but at least seemed “down the road a-ways,” is now three steps from a wall I’m walking into. Depending on the day, that wall is either pillowy or...

Traveling in Spring

  One of the things I love about traveling to other parts of the country in fall and spring is seeing the way the seasons roll across the land east to west—like the sun, only slower. A few weekends ago I attended an arts conference in Colorado. I left Southwest...

Participating. A Good Friday Meditation

“It. Is. Finished.” The final set of lights in the sanctuary went black. The Book slammed shut. The congregation filed out of the sanctuary and left the church in complete silence. This is how my childhood church participated in Good Friday. I’m sure this is how they...