(Dis)oriented

Leaning into the discomfort of not having answers, of not knowing the plan, has been the great struggle of my life. Fear, in so many forms, has taken over my mind more times than I can tell you.  Making friends with fear while distancing myself from it is a contradiction that can sometimes take all [...]

Talking about Whiteness in Whole Foods

Oh man, nothing makes me more aware of my privilege than typing on my iPad in Whole Foods Uptown New Orleans. Please note the sparkling water.  I drove in from Pensacola yesterday afternoon and spent the day lounging around in my family's Uptown home and grabbing snacks from Whole Foods down the street.  I sprawled [...]

My Church Journey and Why I’m Doing YAV

YAV. The PC(USA) is infamous for our ambiguous acronyms. That stands for Presbyterian Church (USA), for you "outsiders". Ha. For a demonination that promotes inclusivity, we can be pretty exclusive (cough Montreat cult). We have the best of intentions! Regardless, I'm proud to be a Presby nerd. I am a cradle Presbyterian. As in, born [...]

What’s left of my dad?

How do we forgive our Fathers? Maybe in a dream Do we forgive our Fathers for leaving us too often or forever when we were little? Maybe for scaring us with unexpected rage or making us nervous because there never seemed to be any rage there at all. Do we forgive our Fathers for marrying [...]

A Call for Radical Love

A little note to start: I'm breaking my unintentional blogging fast with this post because, in times like this, I have to write. It's my first way of doing something. And in times like this, we have to do something.  This morning after church, I said to someone (I won't name names, but I don't [...]

Currently: January 2016 

Hi, y'all. Here I am posting again! Look at me! I will try my best to keep this up. Today, I have a classic "Currently" post for this first month of 2016. Here's a little glimpse into my current world for the three people who give a shite (hey mommy!)    Current book: The Dressmaker [...]

Writing is hard; but hard is neccessary.

...is something I said to my students today. Then I read them this quote by Angela Lee Duckworth: “One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success . . . It was grit . . . Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. [...]

10 Things I’ve Learned in My First Two Weeks of Teaching

You will either lose or gain weight. There is no balance. Personally, I've lost weight from the constant walking around, bending over, and being so busy that food is a mere afterthought. What is food? What are friends? Is this a healthy lifestyle? Don't answer that. Grammar can be dirty and kids don't let anything go. [...]

CURRENT THANGZ: August

Okaaaay, so, it's been a hot minute since I've been around these parts. Why? Because sometimes just sitting down to get down that first word is the entire battle. And here I am. It's already so much easier! Mind. Blown. It's August 1st a.k.a. The Month That School Starts (teachers go back August 10th and [...]