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As a little girl, I relished stories – picture books and piles of novels, my grandparents’ tales around the table. I knew then, as now, that stories are one of life’s most profound ways to understand love, grab hold of deeper truths and recognize our common ground.

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When grace is a hammock

Currently our thermostat reads 84 degrees. It could be worse. Outside, the temperature has risen to 102 -- more than a bit jarring to our Northwest sensibilities. Lala and a friend play store downstairs. When I bring them fruit and crackers, they tell me that someone...

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Ode to a tree

Horse chestnut trees are considered a nuisance. Ask anyone who's had one, and they can tell you why. Tell all about the seasons of fallen leaves, spike balls (conkers), sticky pollen pods and flowers smelling of slightly distant poopy diapers. Many of you have heard...

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The wardrobe and the storm

Thinking about the changes of middle age and the demands of a good life and a desire for energy to keep pressing to the center of things. Originally published February 6, 2014. She pushes past coats in the wardrobe, like Lucy seeking light from the lamp post that...

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Let’s connect on Instagram

 So incredibly grateful for this trip. To Glacier, then Yellowstone through the Tetons, to Pinedale, WY with our Williams family. Adventures, glorious beauty, laughs and a couple thousand miles. #summer2018
 Happy 20th anniversary, my love. Of all the memories of our wedding those many Aprils ago, this one stands out. With the swirl of activity around us, the feelings a stew within us — in this moment, you were calm for me. You held my back with your big mit of a hand and pressed your cheek close to mine and said, “I love you. We’re married now.” And perfectionism and worry and adrenaline stilled, and I breathed in peace. And then I glanced about the room at so many we loved and white tulips lit by candlelight and whispered, “Thank you.” We had no idea what we were saying yes to that night — not really. And yet I knew then, as now, that you were safe and good. A steady place. And you have always been, and I am grateful. I choose you and would again & again, and again some more. ❤️
 Yes, let it be so. Thank you, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Thank you @palakabrad. Love this.)
 Woman, you are fierce and courageous. #rosietheriveter #wecandoit #wecandohardthings #philippians4:13 #raisinggirls #mamasdressup
 "Practice" eggs. Two fit side by side in an egg cup. May we find grace for ourselves and others in humble beginnings like these. #lifelessonsfrombackyardchickens #payingattention
 When I hurt, I write. As our Columbia River Gorge burns... • • I imagine our collective tears dousing flames waves of sorrow sweeping across ridges and spilling over like thousands of waterfalls joining ancient ones who dance there
 Another hot day begins with the whirring of the standup fan. Life is filled with so much repetition. Back and forth. Spin. Spin. Spin. Curtains flutter, then fall. Flutter. Fall. The question for me this morning: How will I show up full hearted to this very day, eyes open to both same and fresh? Appreciating the gift of the breeze floating across my face again and again -- remembering words for all us who forget: "I am doing a NEW thing. Do you not perceive it?" (-God) #isaiah43:19 #payingattention
 On the blog. New post: When grace is a hammock. Maybe you need a fresh gulp of grace yourself. "Grace feels shape-shifting mysterious to me these days, a meal that is sometimes overflowing table and other times manna in grubby hands... Sometimes grace opens up an afternoon, encircled by thick hot air and a longing to be creative in prose, and it is longing met with a whispered, yes. In this moment, grace is a fan blowing against my back, girls setting their hands to tasks and their hearts to relationship. Grace is rest that is still movement, a heart that acknowledges need and the release from gravity..." Link in profile.

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