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

church, spiritual

Christmas In July: Celebrating the Ordinary

Yesterday, it was 100° in Dallas, TX. And there was snow. Well, there was fake snow at a "Christmas In July" block party in the city's Bishop Arts district, complete with festive edibles, an ugly sweater contest, and a shorts-and-flip-flops version of Santa Claus. Why? Why celebrate when you're not supposed to be celebrating? To answer… Continue reading Christmas In July: Celebrating the Ordinary

arts & creativity, spiritual

“God Says Yes To Me”

I've asked therapists, pastors, and friends all kinds of questions over the years. Is it okay for me to be a joyful person and have depression, okay to have both doubt and faith, okay to be an introvert and a leader? I won't get into those answers just yet. Because, what I think my permission-seeking questions… Continue reading “God Says Yes To Me”

community, mental health & wellness

Anniversary Reactions

I'm currently walking through a couple days that constitute a mild "anniversary reaction" for me. Basically, something somewhat traumatic happened one year ago, inciting temporary shock and sadness. Though that shock and sadness wore off over time, it's trying to come back one year later. The National Center for PTSD, among other websites, describe the… Continue reading Anniversary Reactions