Good gifts: a list

July 27, 2020 § 1 Comment

Hot rooibos tea in a hand painted china cup, gifted by a friend.

Fresh cut lisianthems, lavender, mauve, and pink, clustered in a round glass vase on an old walnut table.

Homemade pizza crust and fresh tomato sauce. Roasted red bell peppers. Portobello mushrooms. Handfuls of mozzarella cheese.

Reading on the front porch surrounded by marigolds and cacti, a milkweed plant, a fern.

Sunshine in the late afternoon dappling a pink wall, a mint green couch, orange cushions.

Sunflowers in the windowsill.

Trips with your husband to Home Depot, to Tom Thumb.

The smell of ground coffee. Reading the Sunday paper. Grilling in a friend’s backyard.

Wine, lots of it. Red. White. Rosé.

Gin and tonics. Moscow mules in icy copper cups.

Just a cold beer.

Steaming, homemade waffles topped with honey and fruit and eaten with a friend.

Phone calls just to catch up. Phone calls for prayer.

A jazzy blues band playing a street concert. Neighbors seated in fold out chairs. Neighbors dancing, falling over with glee.

Bon Iver on the record player. A home with records to play.

Tentative plans held loosely. A camping trip. An airbnb reserved.

Having hope.

Seeing and knowing the Kingdom of Heaven is still right here.

Downpour

October 28, 2019 § Leave a comment

On this Monday morning, a short story to read!

I like to think of Downpour as a story for Texans, artists, and fellow admirers of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

I’m thrilled to share this story in the fabulous Southern Humanities Review.

Happy reading!

When life gives you Lyme

June 24, 2019 § Leave a comment

Over the last year and a half, I’ve struggled to overcome what I now know is Lyme Disease. For those who missed it, I wrote about that struggle — and the difficulty of so many others — to get a correct diagnosis and treatment for the disease for D Magazine’s medical directory.

Lyme Disease is surmountable, but if left untreated it can be debilitating and even life-threatening, and the number of afflicted patients is on the rise. Which is why I’m joining my voice with so many other Lyme patients to argue: “With the rise in Lyme cases, healthcare professionals should be on the lookout for the disease, becoming more educated on how to diagnose and treat it properly.”

You can find the full story here. It was not a story I ever wanted to write, but one I hope will shed some light on this terrible disease.

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