arts & creativity, church, spiritual, writing

Advent 2: A Sonnet

I've barely squeezed out a sonnet for the week (2 hours before the week ends, at least in my time zone). But somehow I did it! Collect for Advent 2: Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings… Continue reading Advent 2: A Sonnet

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arts & creativity, church, spiritual, writing

Advent 1: A Sonnet

I used to write poetry. A few poems in middle school, a few more in high school, and a few semesters worth (enough to get me rather burnt-out) in college. These days, I don't write poetry, although I continue to write poetically. And as of today? Apparently I write sonnets based on collects (pronounced coll-ects… Continue reading Advent 1: A Sonnet

arts & creativity, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, writing

Maybe We Belong Here

"How is this real life?" I asked myself this question every day last week, while attending the Glen Workshop, which is self-described as "equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat." My question emerged from a mixture of feeling awestruck and unworthy. It's a feeling any of us might get if we happen to… Continue reading Maybe We Belong Here

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Carry Each Other

In Anne Marie Miller's book Permission to Speak Freely, Miller describes a meeting with Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the mental health non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms. Over coffee, Tworkowski says something like this: "So there's this song U2 does called 'One,' and there's a line in it that says, 'We get to carry… Continue reading Carry Each Other

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Words From the Wise

There's a question I've been wrestling with for a long time now, and I just don't know many people who could answer it. So, perhaps like Plato pursuing Socrates, I recently went out on a limb and sent my question to a handful of authors I respect and aspire to be like. The question shot… Continue reading Words From the Wise