Tree: Surprises in My Own Town

November 15, 2013 3

I’ve lived here most my life and never once heard of it. It wasn’t until my new boyfriend, future husband (tree enthusiast) brought it up did I learn about the massively large tree in the center of the Jacksonville’s heart and the myth built up around it. It was said to be the place treaty’s … Read more

{Giveaway} Even Boring People are Artists

November 13, 2013 14

Words spoken with elegance to a topic of heart importance… This is how I’d sum up Emily P. Freeman’s book, A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. Emily writes from a place of confidence in her heart expression of art. She writes of art in each of us and uses … Read more

The Gift of Imagination

November 7, 2013 0

“God gives you the gift of imagination to keep you from focusing on your present condition.” Lindell Cooley For your evening… Has the week been long? Is frustration knocking at the door? Has the car been in the shop? Has the day been full of long meetings? Is the pantry still empty? Is the “to … Read more

3 Things I Learned from a 31 Day Challenge

October 31, 2013 1

{ photo credit } Have you ever surprised yourself? I think I just did. When I decided to take the 31 day challenge in the month of October to write each day, it was laughable. I truly thought I’d last about 4 days. And yet somehow more was said this month then was not said. … Read more

Your Presence is Heaven to Me

October 30, 2013 1

{ photo credit } It’s almost the end of October. I’m sitting here with eyes closed, finger’s hovering over the keyboard, asking, “What should I be writing today? How shall I close this series?” But there is only one phrase in my mind. Your presence is heaven to me. Umm, what? That is not a … Read more

Gems in My Pocket

October 29, 2013 2

I realized they didn’t know all the steps that have brought me here to where I am today. My traveling companions were people I’ve long known, but never much knew. As stories shared between us in the car lead from one to another, it slowly dawned on me that there were whole histories in our … Read more

Quotable Allume

October 28, 2013 2

I’m decompressing and regrouping from my weekend away at the Allume conference. It was a weekend to let the reservoir swirl full in me, pouring in instead of always flowing out. Many have processed their experiences in writing. So, allow me to instead add my voice in nugget form. I present, Quotable Allume. Art is … Read more

The Reservoir of the Deep, Deep

October 27, 2013 1

{ photo credit } Today I ponder the image of the reservoir. It is a deep reserve where things pour in and do not flow out. Its dark with deep silence. The kind of silence from which clear thoughts are born. As I look up from the bottom I see the water rushing in. It runs down … Read more

Together

October 24, 2013 3

Today I write for Five Minute Friday. This is my favorite annual live version here at Allume. One word for inspiration, here is what I am wrote. Enjoy! Together Altogether, now in our home. We work as one, me in my office, you in the projects of the home, not always succeeding. It was declared … Read more

The Girl on the Plane

October 22, 2013 5

It was a 6 am flight that I was not supposed to be on. I was tired and stuck in the middle seat of a completely booked flight. And she was tired, this obviously pregnant girl next to me, who at least had the window to lean against. Without so much as a word of … Read more