Metaphors and Me

This week I’ve been working on an essay about miscarriage and faith.  As you can imagine it’s so uplifting and happy and plastered with joy that everyone is going to want to read it!  …  Or, no.  The good news is that I made tremendous progress from this happened and then this happened and thenContinue reading “Metaphors and Me”

Poem for Valentine’s Day

I wrote this little poem for my husband a couple of Valentine’s Days ago. It’s a little geeky in that I love researching stuff I didn’t know before (like the names of DNA components), but I think even without the DNA, you can get the jist, that I love my husband, and that we’re inContinue reading “Poem for Valentine’s Day”

Next Big Thing

I’ve been tagged by my dear friend Marilyn Bousquin in the Next Big Thing, a blog chain letter of sorts to talk about what’s happening in your writerly life and then to tag five other women writers to hear their stories.  I met Marilyn a few years ago through the Ashland University MFA Program.  She runsContinue reading “Next Big Thing”

Advent – The Third Candle: Joy, Mary’s Candle (Poem)

First“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 You wouldn’t stop moving, pushed against my ribs, and I pushed back. We exchanged our first conversation,just my skin between your hand and mine. We spoke our first nursery rhyme, sang our first hymn. I breathe every memory—not of visitors orContinue reading “Advent – The Third Candle: Joy, Mary’s Candle (Poem)”

Advent Day Three: Dance to Christmas Music

Welp, not all advent activities can be as romantic or successful as the rest.  I woke up this morning with an ugly cold that landed me on the couch most of the day, and advent activity #3 was supposed to be “dance to Christmas music.” This isn’t so appealing when your head is pounding. LydiaContinue reading “Advent Day Three: Dance to Christmas Music”

Advent: The First Candle (Poem)

In November, our lips trembledwith the breath of winter etched in frost across the windows. We gazed at dawn’s arrival casting bands of icy glitter on brass and copper oak leaves holding tight to frozen branches, as if they could stop the turnof seasons, suspend the spinof Earth around the sun, butnothing can slow thisContinue reading “Advent: The First Candle (Poem)”

Advent Calendar and Writing

The Advent season starts December 1, and I’m nipping at the bit.  I love this season. The kids and I made an advent calendar that I stole from Pinterest (gah. one more addiction to battle.) and combined with our Nativity story books.  Each day has a different activity on it for December leading up toContinue reading “Advent Calendar and Writing”

Book Nine: The Darkness Around Us Is Deep

I recently veered off of my Books to Read in 2012 list in order to indulge in a little dystopic narrative, and I don’t know whether it was because The Hunger Games doesn’t appear on my to-read list, or maybe because it is YA, or maybe because I am worried my more literary friends will simultaneously turnContinue reading “Book Nine: The Darkness Around Us Is Deep”

Building Community

This past weekend, I spent some time in Indiana with about a dozen other writers who mostly met about three months ago at the Festival of Faith and Writing.  We decided to come together because we’re all at similar places in our careers, like-minded in ideology and vision for our poetry, and we’re all outrageouslyContinue reading “Building Community”

Negative Nancy and the Art of Self-Promotion

First off, a short essay of mine, “Grounded: Engaging the Spiritual in Poetry” is available on Poets’ Quarterly, which just relaunched this month.  Check it out! Secondly, I now have all kinds of anxieties about what I just did: self-promote. It probably doesn’t seem like I have any trouble with promoting myself.  I rock the social media,Continue reading “Negative Nancy and the Art of Self-Promotion”