At Tweetspeak Poetry, a generous, thoughtful, playful place for poetry and poetic things.
Eating and Drinking Poems: Storytelling and Luci Shaw’s “Eating the Whole Egg,” Jan. 5, 2017
A discussion of the poem and truth-telling of family stories in poetry, plus a recipe for Eggs and Soldiers.
Eating and Drinking Poems: Savoring Succotash, Nov. 23, 2016
With the poem “The Veggie Life” by Michael Steffen and a recipe for succotash.
In Search of the Best American Essays, Oct. 19, 2016
I go on a quest in Pittsburgh.
Regional Tour: Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock, Arkansas, March 4, 2016
Ten reasons to go to my favorite place to walk in Little Rock.
Regional Tour: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Oct. 9, 2015
In the words of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine: “True reconciliation can occur only when we honestly acknowledge our painful, but shared, past.”
Mischief Cafe, Little Rock, Arkansas, Dec. 31, 2014
I invited four friends over “for tea, toast and poetry,” and I had some ideas about how we’d spend our time. I didn’t expect a stealth sock.
At Makes You Mom, where we will never, ever, tell you you’re doing it wrong.
Too many things to list. Please enjoy browsing.
At Slate, the online daily magazine of politics, news, business, technology, and culture.
Fifty Things About My Mother, May 9, 2014
She liked to walk in the neighborhood on summer evenings, and would get me to join her by saying, “Let’s go look in people’s windows.”
At the ART HOUSE AMERICA blog, “cultivating creative community for the common good.”
Made for Walking, June 4, 2015
After 24 years without, I move into a neighborhood with sidewalks.
Welcome at Love’s Table, Nov. 7, 2014
It all started with seeing a penny on the street.
Soul Amendments, June 5, 2014
A typo leads to thinking about the pruning and growth of character as well as plants in a shared garden.
Jars of Clay, Feb. 27, 2014
A broken and re-assembled vessel provides a container for thinking about broken and mended friendship.
Making Stock and Taking Stock, Jan. 10, 2013
I deconstruct a rotisserie chicken while considering addition and subtraction in friendships.
A Window on Steuben Street, Sept.13, 2012
I visit my 89-year-old aunt’s house for the last time before she moves.
Called to the Table, May 10, 2012
Let us ponder the guest lists for fantasy dinner parties.
Things Left Undone, Dec. 22, 2011
I confess to unfinished business before I go home for Christmas for the first time in a long time.
Recipe Box, Oct, 13, 2011
A thrift shop box yields tasty treasures from a stranger.
Provenance, spring 2011
Hands that never knew her finish my mother’s quilt.
Banish Misfortune, Nov. 18, 2010
Irish traditional music sessions are the most egalitarian congregations I know.
At THE CURATOR, formerly part of the International Arts Movement (IAM). It is “an assemblage of original and found essays, poetry, reviews, quotations, image galleries, video, and other media in a continuing commitment to wrestle with all that is in culture, and to look toward all that ought to be in hope.”
Naming Rights, July 14, 2014
Adding a new identity calls for a new name. (I’d say more, but it’d be a spoiler.)
Toting Time, Aug. 28, 2012
After months of procrastination, I see how much thought I can cram into a carry-on bag.
At FIELDNOTES Magazine, which seeks “to inspire and help emerging leaders to do their work better, manage their relationships, and discover what faith means for the way they lead their lives in the workplace.”
Comical Grace, Feb. 4, 2013
I am gently forgiven for missing an oops in the funnies.
To Forgive, Dec. 21, 2012
I realize I need to, or else.
Proof Text, Nov. 5, 2012
I find liturgical meaning in work I adore, namely, proofreading.
At THE HIGH CALLING, which offers a vast and varied feast of “everyday conversations about work, life and God.”
Unwanted Transitions: Finding Normal After Loss, Jan. 7, 2014
On learning to live without my dad.
The Suffering Glory of the Servant, Part 1, March 17, 2013
On the eloquent silence of Jesus. Part of a Lenten devotional series.
At the blog of CONVERSATIONS JOURNAL, “a forum for authentic transformation.”
At THE OTHER JOURNAL, “an intersection of theology and culture.”