Personal Essays

On becoming a mom

It was an unseasonably warm and sunny afternoon in October when I took the dog for a walk for the first time in weeks. It felt like coming up for air. Every house, every yard, every crack in the sidewalk was exactly the same. But I was different. The dog yanked his leash and dragged...

Virtual shadows: Conversation in the age of social media

Most people who travel understand that flying on an airplane can be a social experiment in human behavior. Sure, any type of travel is a test of wills, patience, basic courtesy and bladder control; but there’s just something a little more visceral about air travel, sharing the same oxygen as the stranger in the seat...

Curiosity killed the cat, but it could save the human

Recently I shared some thoughts on Facebook with a friend whose political views differ from mine. Reading back through the thread hours later, I noticed something missing from our conversation: I hadn’t asked my friend a single question. Words used were kind, but I was laser-focused on giving my two cents and a dollar bill...

Sharing Gifts and Listening to God

This Lent I’m trying to understand the ways I can grow my relationship with God during times when life is really great. Three months ago, someone wonderful came into my life. Since then I have not spent as much time talking to God and continuing to work on my relationship with Him. It happens; sometimes...