My Penzu online journal reminded me via email of this snowy day I wrote about five years ago. Uncanny how different-but-the-same it is from today.

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Traveling with the Magi

Come visit the King of Kings with me in this blog post on Dappled Things.

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Here We Are. . .

New Year’s Day, 2022.

Way back in December, a few of us writers connected to The Little Town Writer’s Guild submitted some thoughts on the new year.

I sent in a blurb on my focus word for 2022: JOY.

The editor compiled everyone’s pieces and published them here. It’s a nice, reflective piece. I hope you check it out.

But here’s the thing. We’re almost six hours into 2022, and I’m not feelin’ that joy yet. In fact, I’m on tiptoe squinting towards the horizon, and I don’t see it coming anytime soon.

It would be so easy to choose a new focus.

But I’m not doing it.

I’m sticking with JOY.

There’s a reason I chose it. The Lord knew that it wasn’t going to be easy for me to maintain a joy-filled outlook with what was coming next. He foresaw this icky, sticky, challenging circumstance I’m in. I’m going to try to be joyful despite my circumstances. It’s ok.

I’ve got all year to figure it out.

Wishing you and yours JOY in 2022.

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Prepare Him Room

Making time for Advent on the Clerestory podcast today. Listen here.

(Click on the link, click on the screen, click on the podcast. 3 clicks and we’re connected!)

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Lockdown Hope

One of my writer blessings from this year has been publication in a variety of places. Today, Steven Fowler, the editor of the Hindsight 2020 book, posted excerpts from my essay “Lockdown Hope” on Facebook and Instagram. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share how gardening helped us blossom during a challenging time.

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Beholding Winter

I have a new post up at the Little Town Writer’s Guild website! Find it here.

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Zoom Poetry Reading Today!

The latest issue of The Perch, the mental health creative arts journal published by Yale’s Program for Recovery and Community Health, launches online today and you’re invited! It’s my honor to be reading one of my poems, “Garden Rebellion,” for this event. I hope you can join us.

I’ve also included a link to the online journal itself. Check it out. It’s gorgeous!

The View From Here: A Special Issue on Living in the Time of COVID

Click here to view the journal online

Virtual Launch Event:
Thursday, November 18th at 4:30pm
Click here for Zoom link
Meeting ID 957 5011 5040

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You Never Enter the Same Paragraph Twice

I’m so excited to share this post I wrote for a new (to me) site, Dappled Things. It’s about autumn, writing, and holiness in the in-between.

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Radical Compassion

I’m honored to have another book reflection up at Today’s American Catholic. This one about missionaries in Afghanistan in 2001.

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God Speaks Your Language

I’m so excited to have a blog post up in a new place! Candidly Christian is a site where women write about their faith walk in the real world. It’s not always easy, but better when we walk with each other.

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