Vulnerability – Weakness as Strength

It takes courage to be vulnerable, to look shame directly in the eye without so much as a blink. After all, who really wants to take emotional risks — even with ourselves, much less a judgmental, unsafe world? Yet this is just what researcher Brene Brown advocates in her viral Ted Talks and best-selling books.... Continue Reading →

Bedspread Prayers

I was sneaking into the kitchen for a nighttime bowl of Cheerios when I noticed the door to my parents' bedroom was slightly ajar.  That's when I caught sight of the two of them, my stately mother and proud father, their backs to me, kneeling by the bed -  their faces prone on the daisy... Continue Reading →

The Day I Met Madeleine L’Engle

"Flare" This word was idly tossed my way by a writing teacher whose name I have forgotten.  He was referring to a poem I had written - the subject of which I have also forgotten. But I internalized this casual observation.  I wasn't exactly sure what "flare" meant, but I took it as high praise.... Continue Reading →

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