Anne Lamott said in her book Bird by Bird, “Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. ” I hope to do that.
Braided into most of my years is the rediscovery again and again of writing as a complex and constant companion–the thing I can’t not do, the thing that both frees me and sits obnoxiously at the top of my throat like reflux, unwilling to not surface. Bitter and sweet is the writing burden. As I get older, I realize how often things are changing; and the steadiness of having an art to explore, understand, celebrate, and heal from those changes continues to be a rich gift for my life. I’m glad for the internet, that there can be a place like this where I can dump all that exploring. I’m glad for my husband who understands the internet and who is capable of making places like this for the dumping.
I am also glad for other things like my bill-paying job as a Community Arts Program director in Shreveport, Louisiana, my increasingly funny and empathetic two year old, our families who surround us and care for said two year old while I search for the margins in which to write, a long history of quality friendships who have taught me about community and grappling with faith and shared life, all of the in-marching Saints who were rebels for love in their day, and a host of living prophets who are wielding their words and actions to both deconstruct and build up a Church that the world needs.
I used to write primarily about faith-based communal living, my time in Haiti, and topics of social justice. These days, I find myself writing more about motherhood and growing pains. Currently, I am signed with Wipf and Stock Publishers to finish a ministry memoir manuscript by May 2018. I suppose a little of all of that will find its way here.
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