This past weekend I spent a lot of time teaching. On Sunday late afternoon I was fresh from the lake, still covered in sunscreen and wet swim clothes, trying to decide how to spend my evening. Some friends were gathered for a barbecue, including a friend with a new baby, but I was tired and […]
I realize that I have been blogging wrong. I have kept a blog off and on since the early 2000s, and I have recently realized I have been doing it wrong the whole time. I have spent more time making the layout pretty than writing posts. I have spent more time trying to come up […]
“I write because I am a woman trying to stand up in my life. I write because to form a word with your lips and tongue or think a thing and then dare to write it down so you can never take it back is the most powerful thing I know.” — Natalie Goldberg, Writing […]
On August 12, 2013, my friend Jon Lennard was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike in Memorial Park. Four months later, Chelsea Norman, a beloved Whole Foods employee who was well-known in Houston’s cycling community, was struck and killed on her way home from work. Chelsea’s death became the flashpoint for […]
How was your 2016? Celebrity deaths and the US Election aside, I know a whole lot of people who had a really, really awful year.
Every once in a while the right book comes along at the right time. I’ve had Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones on my bookshelf in Houston for years. I’ve seen it recommended many times, but I must admit to a certain weariness towards books about writing. For one thing, it’s the procrastinator’s MO to […]
I have been keeping a hand-written journal for a really long time. My first notebook was a Christmas gift from my grandmother. On the cover was an image of teddy bears having a tea party. I would have been around nine at the time. What does a nine-year-old have to journal about? I have no […]