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October 14, 2014
Confessions of an External Processor

I am an external processor.  I think out loud.  If there's something I'm thinking through, I can see through the components best if all the cards are on the table, if I can listen to the words as I say them and get them out of me. Otherwise, they burn a hole. I'm not wired […]

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September 29, 2014
The Happy Girls

"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is […]

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September 19, 2014
"Mine" is a beautiful Name.

Names matter. What you call someone shapes their identity. What you call yourself becomes the core of who you are. There are names we give ourselves. There are names others give to us. There are names we used to have that we don't have anymore. If we are 'named' when someone calls us something new, […]

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August 21, 2014
The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Received

"Tricia, this isn't your season for writing.  Hopefully it will come in a few more years, likely after years of rejection letters and strife and heartbreak.  Right now, this is your season to be a mom and a wife, to give your time to them first.  The best thing you can do for your writing […]

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July 12, 2014
Just Another Beauty

“Sad words are just another beauty. A sad story means, this storyteller is alive. The next thing you know something fine will happen to her, something marvelous, and then she will turn around and smile.”  ― Chris Cleave, Little Bee

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July 2, 2014
Like the Threads of a Tennis Racket

Most days I'm pretty sure the investment in my son's personalized orthodontia will be worth it someday, but today is not most days. He took a baseball to the mouth on Monday night, which happens to be only three weeks after he collided with another child on a trampoline; in both incidents, his the tissue […]

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June 18, 2014
Though It Seems Out of Order

"Sometimes you've got to praise first and feel it later." ~ Beth Moore

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May 16, 2014
There Are People You Love

Sometimes there are people you love because you learned to love them a long time ago, because when you say, "Remember the night we went skinny-dipping in the dean's pool?" she says yes. ~ Anna Quindlen, Every Last One

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May 15, 2014
Privileged to Refuse

Sometimes reading … I look out at everything growing so wild and faithfully beaneath the sky and wonder why we are the one terrible part of creation privileged to refuse our flowering. ~ David Whyte, "The Sun"

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February 25, 2014
Writing: An Invitation to be Misunderstood

Helen Hunt says something pretty brilliant, and I paraphrase: "The key to humor is find the sensitive, most desperate, ridiculous part of yourself. And then make fun of it." But when you poke fun at your own insecrutiy or weakness, when self-deprecating humor becomes your fluent language, then people can beliveve that's all there is […]

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February 12, 2014
The Words That Aren't Mine

In Captivating, Stasi Eldridge writes a beautiful story about a time when she her husband John decide to go canoeing in a river at night in the Grand Tetons. She writes about the colors of the day fading into the night, from cobalt to silver to black. They navigated the waters and had a wondrous […]

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January 27, 2014
My Heart In the Marketplace

"What comes up, way down at the bottom, is that my heart is still broken from bringing out Writing Down the Bones."  I gasp. I clutch at my heart. What is this you say, Natalie Goldberg? Broken hearted from producing Writing Down the Bones? This is the book I have bought so many times over, […]

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January 18, 2014
Old Enough to Know

I think the birthdays that end in -5 feel different than the ones that end in -0. The -0 birthdays seem to mark a new regime, a changing of the guard, a new club you get to join. But the ones that end in -5 seem to feel like the 'hump' of a decade. You've […]

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January 11, 2014
Hard Truths and Soft Landings

We trust our friends to tell us what we need to know, and to shield us from what we don't need to discover, and to have the wisdom to know the difference. Real friends offer both hard truths and soft landings and realize that it's sometimes more important to be nice than to be honest. […]

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January 7, 2014
Becoming Sensuist

Use your eyes, as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind …. Hear the music of voices, the song of the bird, the mighty strains of an orchestra, as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow. Touch each object as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail. Smell the perfume of the flowers, taste with […]

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December 4, 2013
The Fact Is: I am Okay.

There are times when I find my heart in someone else's words.  When that's the case, I don't try to say it myself, because I just couldn't say it better. Meet: Brad. Brad's story and mine are nearly direct parallels: he lost his beautiful wife in October 2010, just weeks before I would encounter the […]

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November 25, 2013
Pillow Talk

I love a cold house. Like, ridiculously so. My bedroom at night is downright cold. (You can blame a certain Robb Williford for this. I had no choice but to adapt my body temperature to his arctic preferences.) But the furnace stopped working yesterday, and the temp in the house was dropping dangerously close to […]

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November 22, 2013
Mourning and Rejoicing

Sorrow never entirely leaves the soul of those who have suffered a severe loss. . . . but this depth of sorrow is the sign of a healthy soul, not a sick soul. It does not have to be morbid or fatalistic. It is not something to escape but something to embrace. Jesus said, "Blessed […]

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October 31, 2013
Until Then

Someday when I get to heaven, I'm going to ask God about right decisions and wrong ones. . . . I'm really curious to hear what He says.  Until then, I'm not going to live my life based on fear of doing the wrong thing, making the wrong decision.  I'm not going to be reckless, […]

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October 15, 2013
Hope for My Girls

He had waited in line to share his words with me. (It always humbles me when people will stand in line to do anything with me.) He said, "I'm proud of you. And I know that sounds strange, because I really don't know you at all. But I have two daughters, and ever since I […]

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