Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

Book Release: Questions of a Curious Nature

A few weeks ago I issued an update, mentioning that I’d had the pleasure of editing a book for a my pastor and dear friend, Matt Orth. Well I am excited to announce the book’s official release. You can find

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Honey White Cake for Two

We could’ve eaten the year-old wedding cake in our freezer to celebrate our first anniversary, but instead I just baked a new one. We’ve given up on keeping white sugar in the house and, though a healthful decision, it can

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Honey White Cake for Two

We could’ve eaten the year-old wedding cake in our freezer to celebrate our first anniversary, but instead I just baked a new one. We’ve given up on keeping white sugar in the house and, though a healthful decision, it can

A Happy Anniversary

Over the weekend Andrew and I celebrated the first anniversary of our marriage at a lovely little Bed & Breakfast in Hickory, NC. It gave us a cozy room and quiet Saturday to reflect back on where the year has

A Happy Anniversary

Over the weekend Andrew and I celebrated the first anniversary of our marriage at a lovely little Bed & Breakfast in Hickory, NC. It gave us a cozy room and quiet Saturday to reflect back on where the year has

Coconut Crusted Zucchini Bread

Every morning I take a long stretch of road to work. Some mornings I get it all to myself. I love the feeling of no one ahead to slow me down and no one behind to pressure me faster. Is

Coconut Crusted Zucchini Bread

Every morning I take a long stretch of road to work. Some mornings I get it all to myself. I love the feeling of no one ahead to slow me down and no one behind to pressure me faster. Is

Father’s Day Gift Inspiration

Dad, I just love you so much. Each year I understand better how deeply you love and cherish me. You’ve given me such a precious gift in that way, to grow up steeped in a daddy’s love. Thank you for

Father’s Day Gift Inspiration

Dad, I just love you so much. Each year I understand better how deeply you love and cherish me. You’ve given me such a precious gift in that way, to grow up steeped in a daddy’s love. Thank you for

Letter for a Sick Friend

My sweet dear friend, I think about you every day. You haven’t heard much from me, but I’ve been working on your gift basket nearly two weeks. I haven’t called on purpose because I understand there’s a no-crying rule and

Letter for a Sick Friend

My sweet dear friend, I think about you every day. You haven’t heard much from me, but I’ve been working on your gift basket nearly two weeks. I haven’t called on purpose because I understand there’s a no-crying rule and

UPDATE 6.3.13

Well, I only missed my deadline by one month and two days. Even so, I’ve felt the tugs of my blog reeling me back. How about a quick recap of the last few months to quell your curiosity? Since my

UPDATE 6.3.13

Well, I only missed my deadline by one month and two days. Even so, I’ve felt the tugs of my blog reeling me back. How about a quick recap of the last few months to quell your curiosity? Since my

NOTICE 3.25.13

For personal, professional, and creative reasons, I will resume regular blog posts on May 1st. I hope these words from Ira Glass linger with you in the meantime: Love and inspiration to you,    

NOTICE 3.25.13

For personal, professional, and creative reasons, I will resume regular blog posts on May 1st. I hope these words from Ira Glass linger with you in the meantime: Love and inspiration to you,    

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Creamy Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate & No-Flour Oatmeal Cookies

Okay, so balance is a big thing right? Don’t most of our goals really boil down to finding more balance? Well, eating less sugar is one of my goals. I like to think that eating no sugar is my goal.

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Creamy Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate & No-Flour Oatmeal Cookies

Okay, so balance is a big thing right? Don’t most of our goals really boil down to finding more balance? Well, eating less sugar is one of my goals. I like to think that eating no sugar is my goal.

A Brief Catalog of Our AWOL Hearts

I think we get easily caught up in our perspectives of what ought to or should change in the world. When we consider how time and trends and consumerism have impacted culture, we each propose our own opinions about the

A Brief Catalog of Our AWOL Hearts

I think we get easily caught up in our perspectives of what ought to or should change in the world. When we consider how time and trends and consumerism have impacted culture, we each propose our own opinions about the

Humbling Beginnings and Blog Awards

Starting a blog has challenged me in numerous ways. It’s been humbling, mostly. Many times, I’ve made that final correction in editing a post and thought to myself, “Oh yes, this is the one!” This is the fabulous post that

Humbling Beginnings and Blog Awards

Starting a blog has challenged me in numerous ways. It’s been humbling, mostly. Many times, I’ve made that final correction in editing a post and thought to myself, “Oh yes, this is the one!” This is the fabulous post that

Notes on Style: The Year of Magical Thinking

In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didon recounts the year following the sudden death of her husband, a tragedy compounded by the admittance of her only daughter into the ICU for a case of pneumonia gone wrong, and later,

Notes on Style: The Year of Magical Thinking

In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didon recounts the year following the sudden death of her husband, a tragedy compounded by the admittance of her only daughter into the ICU for a case of pneumonia gone wrong, and later,

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Gouda Cauliflower Mash & Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Life is busy like life often is. Busyness squelches a lot of great things and kitchen creativity is one of them. With little time or space lately to experiment, I offer you these two staples from our house. GOUDA CAULIFLOWER

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Gouda Cauliflower Mash & Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Life is busy like life often is. Busyness squelches a lot of great things and kitchen creativity is one of them. With little time or space lately to experiment, I offer you these two staples from our house. GOUDA CAULIFLOWER

A Poem For My Lover on Valentine’s Day

Your Heart, Praise God I wish I could visit your heart like a museum, pry open your sternum with my hands, exposing the bumbum bumbum shining and red and pulsing with your life. I’d knock gently with a fingertip, wherein

A Poem For My Lover on Valentine’s Day

Your Heart, Praise God I wish I could visit your heart like a museum, pry open your sternum with my hands, exposing the bumbum bumbum shining and red and pulsing with your life. I’d knock gently with a fingertip, wherein

Sermon Take-Away and Spiritual Thoughts on Writing

Saturday I was sworn into a secret, underground writing club. Very exclusive, and every bit as mysterious as it sounds. Our first meeting inspired me greatly, and I walked away sensing I’d just participated in something for which I was

Sermon Take-Away and Spiritual Thoughts on Writing

Saturday I was sworn into a secret, underground writing club. Very exclusive, and every bit as mysterious as it sounds. Our first meeting inspired me greatly, and I walked away sensing I’d just participated in something for which I was

A One Year Reading List for Someone Who Wants to Write Better

We all read a few classics under the careful guardian of American education, didn’t we? Even though I might recall a rogue title, I can’t seem to remember the fluid genius that made those books great. I remember a couple

A One Year Reading List for Someone Who Wants to Write Better

We all read a few classics under the careful guardian of American education, didn’t we? Even though I might recall a rogue title, I can’t seem to remember the fluid genius that made those books great. I remember a couple

The One About Having Children…

The other morning I was holding my cat like a baby while I cooked eggs. He is the softest, warmest bundle of love. I call him many names, usually Ernest, because that is his name. But I also call him

The One About Having Children…

The other morning I was holding my cat like a baby while I cooked eggs. He is the softest, warmest bundle of love. I call him many names, usually Ernest, because that is his name. But I also call him

The Standards We Erect

She’s down there. At the bottom of the well at the bottom of my heart breaking her fingernails to climb out. My self. The real one, the one I actually am. She gets flooded though, by the mainstream waters always

The Standards We Erect

She’s down there. At the bottom of the well at the bottom of my heart breaking her fingernails to climb out. My self. The real one, the one I actually am. She gets flooded though, by the mainstream waters always

Grace, A Lesson from Marriage

This post is sloppy and long and mostly brags on my husband, Andrew. But this weekend, I learned a lesson about grace that I’m compelled to share. These things don’t always translate cleanly into language as we hope, so we

Grace, A Lesson from Marriage

This post is sloppy and long and mostly brags on my husband, Andrew. But this weekend, I learned a lesson about grace that I’m compelled to share. These things don’t always translate cleanly into language as we hope, so we

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Slow Cooker Chicken Soup and Sweet Potato Latkes

In North Carolina, we haven’t see the sun for days. Every morning is dreary and gray. The asphalt is wet. I’m carrying that uncomfortable feeling around my ankles as a result of my pant bottoms soaking up puddles. A snow

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Slow Cooker Chicken Soup and Sweet Potato Latkes

In North Carolina, we haven’t see the sun for days. Every morning is dreary and gray. The asphalt is wet. I’m carrying that uncomfortable feeling around my ankles as a result of my pant bottoms soaking up puddles. A snow