Inside the Peanut

"Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer." – Barbara Kingsolver

Heroic Failure

The guys in the neighborhood found obstacle courses wherever we looked. We were twelve years old, living in a small town called Manchester, with no greater care in the world … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Big Sister

I wrote this essay a few years ago after my sister graduated from high school, moved out, and started college. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I would like to think that my birth was … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chest Pains

In the hospitals of Appalachia, you’ll find a host of characters. As you rush into the emergency unit holding a kitchen towel to your bleeding head and approach the front … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Week 6 – Kids

“The soul is healed by being with children.” ~ English Proverb

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book Fair

Every year we looked forward to the book fair when the school library shelves would fill with new books, covers turned to face our sticky faces, and display their stories … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Week 5 – Columbus

Columbus: fountain playground, the beautiful public library, bonfires on the Scioto River, the topiary garden, the familiar skyline, the Santa Maria, and local bands. Favorite moments? When a big, strong … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

The creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love describes a perspective in which we view creativity as a separate entity or divine force, disconnected from the individual. Perhaps if we think about the … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment