Remembering The Girl In The Filbert Orchard

The small filbert orchard behind our house was magical. The trees were small enough that as a four-year-old I could climb into them and...

In Our Dreams

The night is cold and quiet, sleep awaits us for only then can we roam free in our dreams. We may travel far and...

We’re All Looking For The Answer

Today’s post is a bit of a topic combo if there is such a thing. What’s on my mind? Elements of a February 2019...

What About Fragility?

Fragility, which almost seems like an out-of-order currency, a vanished language, a useless thermometer of weakness, is actually very modern. In times when we...

Letter to My 22 Year Old Self

Dear Val, You have made one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in your life marrying at a young age. Believe me, when I...

R e l a t i o n s h i...

Sometimes the only way to be free. Is to make peace. To forgive. And forget. While remembering. Love is not constant self-sacrifice. Love is...

Tell Them

The construction manager was fuming.  The weather had already caused them more delays then he could handle and now this.  While clearing the trees...

Pivoting Around Your Frustrations

I let myself get so stressed these last few days that I have felt it in my body. That’s the worse part of having...

So, What Is It Like, 9 Months Later?

No, this isn't about having a baby, nor raising a baby.  Neither am I dipping my pen into the raging moral debate regarding abortion,...

BEFORE You Say Goodbye – Say Goodbye

You scamper into the crystal clear bone-chilling waters of the ocean with your surfboard in tow. As you get to the optimal distance...
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