Grandmas and Skipping Stones

September 2, 2019 At the end of every month, I spend some time in reflection. This used to take the form of a very structured series of questions, but this year it’s become more of a deep attention to my own inner landscape. Here are three things on my heart.⁣ My dear grandma passed away. She was a grandma of rhubarb and chokecherries and strudla, of wizened apple trees and head scarves, of dress-up clothes and pink ronies (if you know, you know), of no-nonsense wisdom and songs in the rocking chair. She and my grandpa gifted me with a…

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Three Months and Five Scraps of Joy

August 11, 2018 One: Mail I got mail! You dear people have kept my neighborhood Postie busy, and I couldn’t be more grateful. The first time I came home to see an envelope peeking out, my eyes clouded with tears and I could hear the swell of the movie-moment orchestra in the background. I reached for it with all the tearful, dramatic anticipation of Gwyneth Paltrow accepting an Oscar as I eagerly scanned the return address to see it was from…the bank. (Getting my New Zealand bank card was actually very exciting, but not quite worthy of the same sentiment…

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