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Love for the Win

“Heart Wins,” from the Take Heart seriesOnce upon a time, I spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s reviewing the previous year, evaluating it, and forecasting/goalcasting the year ahead. You might say I was an overachiever with  resolutio…

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Mannerly, Bannerly

This little poem is my wish & my wonder for the New Year:  Mannerly, Bannerly When all manner of bad lands in our laps, and the mean things land in our news feed,what if, instead of responding in kind,we…

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Above the Fog, Above the Fray

 On Saturday, I went Christmas-tree-hunting with my new extended family. We drove out of the foggy valley in trucks, careening up old logging roads into the mountains until we hit sunshine—and snow.  The day was a catalog of goodness: Le…

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Not What I Expected

Once upon a pre-pandemic time, I heard a famous writer say that when she looked back at her life, nothing had turned out the way she’d thought—and that was good. She said she could summarize what she’d learned about life with this simple statement: Not…

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Serenity, Anyone?

In the 1980s, my grandmother had the Serenity Prayer decoupaged and hung in her guest bedroom. When my cousins and I had sleepovers as kids, I always marveled at its simple, rhythmic request:  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I canno…

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My Favorite Classroom

It’s back-to-school season, but you might say I’ve been in summer school since July 4: the day I got married. I never knew that marriage would be my favorite classroom. I also never knew that no matter how much reading I did ahead of time, nothing woul…

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The Corndog Compromise

When Jared proposed this spring, he had a wedding date in mind: July 4. Beyond the general delight, I was also delighted he’d already thought of the day. I was game for the holiday wedding—we’d have anniversary fireworks forever! The venue that fi…

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Solstice Eve

Solstice EveOn the longestday of the year,I want to choosethe shortest pathto joy—the onewith no distance,no time. The one we can knowas close as our skin& in any season. I want to go to sleep& come awaketo this lengthy day, to s…

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Hope of Stones

Paris, New York, San Francisco…and Southern Oregon! A dream lineup for a poetry book tour, and I’m so grateful for the friends in each place who helped make this happen.Hope of Stones is ready to greet the world, and you can pre-order it via my …

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April in Paris, Anyone?

Come with us!Deep Travel is heading to Paris in April! We have two spots left on the trip, which runs from April 4-10. For six splendid days, our small group will be exploring the City of Light’s boulevards, bridges, bistros, galleries, patisserie…

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