This week I listened to Kristen Bell talk about her beliefs and how she has grown and changed in a podcast I’m still enjoying. Even as I admired her wisdom, I couldn’t help but think about how I missed my chance to meet her over an overflowing toilet. It all started when my mother and… READ MORE >>

Once upon a time, I jumped into the air from a board with a fulcrum that threw me into the air so I could turn sommersaults. I must have done thousands of dives in the four years I spent on the diving team. I only clearly remember the one where I hit my head on… READ MORE >>

“That anaconda’s body is as big as two of my thighs,” said my teenager. Walking away from the creature in the glass enclosure, we agreed that snakes don’t bother us but this snake–this anaconda with the two-thigh-sized body? She made us think of Kaa from the Jungle Book. And made us feel like Mowgli in… READ MORE >>

Soulbooks Last week I was too busy managing Quinton and his mound of glitter on his SoulBook to take pictures of our group for you. (The meeting before I have no excuse. I guess I was just focused on living in the moment.) Fortunately, Billie Jo has done an excellent job of sending me photos… READ MORE >>

Diane, Ruth, and the cats have all been helping me get my SoulBook put together. Here are a few things they’ve taught me: Life is messy. Making a Soulbook requires that I get as organized as I can and then smile when the cats knock over my stack of boxes. (Or at least get over… READ MORE >>

“How’s the writing going?” People ask me this often and I try not to dread the question. But I sometimes do. No matter how you slice it, I’ve been writing for years–decades even. I began journaling and making stories just for myself since I first learned to write and then writing with an idea about… READ MORE >>

To everyone who survives nursing school, especially the instructors. And to the puppy with the power to soothe. Normally, the nursing class simmered with a low-grade fear and anxiety over the next test, the lack of sleep, the insanely high homework expectations, and, on occasion, tiffs with other students. But not the day the instructor… READ MORE >>

The former Arizona Diamondback minor league pitcher sat before us, tense with the muscles he now uses to work construction instead of throwing baseballs. In a small side-sanctuary of the mega-methodist church with 4500 members, Alex Byo told us the tale of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You may remember some of the key points from the… READ MORE >>

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