Nothing cured me of living in Atlanta like actually living inside the city. That's my answer to any surprise that I would leave Georgia for my original hometown of Birmingham. (Atlanta friends, I miss you. Atlanta traffic? I do not.) Six years ago, during a difficult divorce, I visited three favorite Southern cities: Atlanta, Nashville and Birmingham, the city I'd left behind when I moved to Illinois in 2000. This bird needed to find a true nest. Listening to deep, wild instinct – every … [Read more...] about Exodus: Atlanta to Birmingham
Self-discovery and the craft of writing: These are journeys we can take for a lifetime. Learning to write fiction also teaches me about myself. Even if publishing a novel isn't a dream of yours, try creating a few characters and penning a few pages. Authors tell aspiring writers to "write what you know." And you will, whether you realize it or not. Park whatever you write. When you return to that draft weeks or months later, you might be surprised by the meaning woven into the narrative, … [Read more...] about Use Your Wings (a novel path to personal truth)
Much has changed in the world since my interview appeared in The Blue Mountain Review. But my approach to living a good life remains the same: "Love. Slow down. Listen, trust and let go." I was delighted to speak with Clifford Brooks, the founder of The Southern Collective Experience and editor of this literary journal. You can read the entire article in Issue 18. … [Read more...] about As Seen In: The Blue Mountain Review
Two college friends showed up uninvited after my divorce six years ago. These guys were like brothers, friendly kin by choice to each other and to me. One held my hand while the other hugged me. Then I woke up. It felt like a true visitation, this dream, not from them but from some other holy energy. The unspoken message louder than my fear of the unknown for a few precious minutes was that I was so very loved. That I would be okay. That my new life would carry me through a healing season while … [Read more...] about You are so very loved.
God speaks at Georgia grocery stores. That's my experience, anyway. God is always present and working, whether we notice or not, and holiness is everywhere, seen or unseen. "Here comes Grace!" I heard a message before I saw the messenger back in 2017. I was standing in front of that familiar island of cheeses found in so many supermarkets, alone and feeling far more fragile than I looked. Concussions or other traumas to the brain are invisible injuries, and I was at the beginning of a long … [Read more...] about Strange Grace
My best writing might land in someone's inbox. I send "epic" emails, I'm told, and texts as long as letters. Befriending a writer in love with words – and all the ways they connect us – means you'll get some heartfelt messages. Finding one 2015 note to an old, long-distance friend last week, pasted into a journal, uplifted me. The backstory: We'd both been through recent breakups, and I wanted to encourage him. May you also be encouraged. * * * It's not a new lesson, to be with someone … [Read more...] about Something Beautiful Grows