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on conflict (wedded wednesdays guest post)

on conflict (wedded wednesdays guest post)

{We need to get talking about what marriage really looks like. In that spirit, we chat about it here once a week, on Wedded Wednesdays.} Anne and I met in an elevator in Indianapolis, during the 2012 Influence Conference. Starstruck doesn’t even begin to describe it . . . and I mean me towards Anne, … Continue reading

what unattractive toes have to do with community.

what unattractive toes have to do with community.

It hit 70-plus degrees here in Kansas City yesterday. Yes, it’s January, and no, I can’t believe it. Bizarre winter. But weirdness aside, I wore my Chacos. Yes, my favorite sandals. Wearing sandals left my feet bare, totally un-prepped for sandal weather. Calluses, dry skin, chipped and unpainted toenails . . . not the prettiest … Continue reading

five years.

five years.

Five years ago yesterday — October 29, 2007 — I missed a phone call during my sorority chapter meeting. When the meeting was over, I listened to the voice mail and called right back. One hour later, I found myself on a date with Mr. S. We got coffee and walked across campus, to Tiger … Continue reading

on a sweet friend’s transition

on a sweet friend’s transition

Yesterday, I had a final cup of coffee for awhile with a dear, dear friend (with whom I made this pasta and toured the Delphi Opera House). She’s on a plane this morning to New York City (!) and she’s starting a new chapter of her life as a student at Columbia University. So we … Continue reading

closer to 30 than 20

closer to 30 than 20

I stare into the bathroom mirror as I get ready for the day this morning. I launch into loud conversation and Mr. S., in the other room, hears me.  Still examining my makeup-less face, I mutter something off the cuff about the passage of time and not wanting to get old and gray. “In a … Continue reading

when we face uncertainty

when we face uncertainty

I stir the contents of the saucepan on the stove as I reflect. Much lies ahead. Much uncertainty lies ahead, I should say. That which I’d brushed off to a dark, damp corner of my mind has come to the forefront. Stuff like where we’ll call home and what we’ll be doing and how we’ll … Continue reading

an open letter to David McCullough

an open letter to David McCullough

Dear Mr. McCullough, By now, many of us have heard about that you-aren’t-special, Mr.-Rogers-defying graduation speech of yours. “None of you is special,” you said. “You are not special. None of you is exceptional.” I will admit, Mr. McCullough, that my gut instinct was to shake my head at you, sit up straighter and defend myself. That oh-no-he-didn’t feeling … Continue reading

review & giveaway: Stress Point

review & giveaway: Stress Point

Being a 20-something. Never has there been a more mixed season. Here I am in the middle of it, at 25. So far, this decade has harbored the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. It has been ugly and beautiful, trying and joyful. Why this dichotomy? One word: transition. Oh, transition, what a love/hate … Continue reading

how to heal the millennial soul, part two.

(Part One) Like I said, there’s something missing from our conversations about the millennial generation — what is all this unsettledness doing to our souls? They say one key trait of the millennial generation is entitlement. We want everything, think we’re capable of everything. Entitlement + An unsettled feeling = A very jealous soul. In … Continue reading