Waning May; Tiny Letters

Dear Reader, I’m still here, just not here, on this blog much, which you likely already noticed. I don’t have much to say, currently. This is how one loses blog readers, I am told. Reader, tell that to my psyche which is just quietly doing its thing and can’t be bothered to write stuff. Dear Month of May, You are…

Hey May

I submitted my grades yesterday, thus wrapping up another semester of teaching writing to university students. I realized that during every single semester that I’ve taught over the last four years, events in my life have presented some variation of a huge, hulking challenge that has threatened to derail me. In other words, there was never just teaching. There was…

Wednesdays at the Temple

I spend the better part of each Wednesday working as an ordinance worker in a temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is busy and tiring and has a really steep learning curve, but it’s also pretty ding-dong amazing. The temple is the MOST instructive place on the earth, and has taught me a few things,…

More Unsolicited Advice

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post offering advice on navigating the special-needs parenting journey, which seemed to resonate with a bunch of people. It didn’t feel entirely finished, so I’m going to write a bit more. As always, these anecdotes may not apply to you or your situation. But they are what I have sincerely learned for myself…

My Campfire of Faith

A friend asked me to speak today for (wait for it) TEN MINUTES of her Relief Society lesson. Because I love her a lot, I said okay. First, we watched the talk Campfire of Faith by Elder Gerrit W. Gong, and then I was instructed to respond to it with my personal spirit-led insights. It was an exercise in hearing…

Kindnesses

As I was falling asleep last night, my mind turned unexpectedly to a few kind things people have done for me in the last year or so. It’s a small, important list. A few hours before my dad died, my friend Sarah P. from my writing group, delivered to me a giant wire basket filled with comfort things: a minky…

Unsolicited Advice. You’re Welcome.

I’ve had quite a few conversations with fellow special-needs parents over the last few months, which have made me introspective about the things I’ve learned in my years of disabilities parenting. I sat in a pediatric rehab unit gym this morning and watched Truman crush it at occupational therapy, and I had the idea that perhaps I should write a…

Refinement

This is my February piece running over at Segullah today. It’s about cleaning house and getting answers to questions. You know, basic Wednesday stuff. https://segullah.org/blog/refinement/