A Prayer for Difficult Days

A Prayer for Difficult Days

The most difficult moments of our lives are the ones we will later look back on — perhaps even with gratitude — and bow to, acknowledging that it was then that we became who we are. The betrayal, the death, the diagnosis, the phone call. Friendship lost,...
Survival Strategy

Survival Strategy

With everything that’s going on in the world, it sometimes seems like things are getting more extreme by the day. Whether you’re talking about the planet, politics or the pandemic (The Three P’s), it appears that things may get rougher, before they get easier....
Everything is Broken, a Poem

Everything is Broken, a Poem

Everything is broken. My computer. The lawn mower. The roof. The driveway. My teeth. My eyes. The internet. Smitty. My mother’s memory. My own. My heart. My willpower. My ability to care. To cry. To keep believing that things will get better. This country. Democracy....
Reclaiming Faith

Reclaiming Faith

I’m struggling with a word right now –“faith.” Years ago, my life-changing, life-saving therapist would say to me, “Patience and faith, Jurian. Patience and faith.” She drummed it into me. This mantra sustained me through difficult moments for many years. “Hold...
Significance

Significance

Significance. This is me and Hamilton Pool (near Austin, TX) back in 2014. More correctly, this is Hamilton Pool and me. When this picture was taken back in 2014 I was struck by the contrast between the vast size and drama of this magnificent landscape and little ol’...