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I’m interested in writing within the tensions of our humanity with the both and: our joy and our grief, beauty and brokenness, courage and fear, celebration and rage, and everything in between. 

My hope is that my writing has the ability to connect to what lies at the core of being human. Whether I am writing poetry, a newsletter, or an essay, my writing aims to be honest, attentive, and centered around connection. May these words housed here meet you and encourage you. 


July 4, 2022

Reasons to Live Through the Pain

“Reasons to Live Through the Pain” 

The moon. Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sleeping beneath the stars. Dancing with loved ones. Dancing with strangers. Music uniting a room. A dog welcoming you home. Hearing birds as an alarm clock. Steam rising from a cup of coffee. A slow Saturday morning. A rainy day to read a book. The moment a poem writes itself. Mary Oliver. Learning something new. Loving someone new. A cat making biscuits. A baby laughing. A vinyl spinning. Watching your friends fall in love. Magnolia flowers blooming. Natural light flooding a room. Gardens. Live intimate concerts. Porches. Celebrations. Being held by a loved one. Holding hands. Hand-written letters. Laughter that makes you shed some tears. The curiosity of kids. The magic of creating. Reading other people’s words. Break through in counseling. A soccer team celebrating after a goal is scored. Middle schoolers feeling free to be kids. Brushing your teeth outside after a night of camping. Sitting with loved ones around a fire. The strangers you meet while traveling. Hugs. Slow walks. Farmers markets. A long meal with loved ones. Bread. Bread dipped in olive oil. The smell of lavender. Putting on your favorite pair of shoes. A good glass of wine. Being barefoot in sand. Watching the tide rise. Watching the tide fall. Feeling small in an airplane. Friendship. Music. Poetry.

Inspired by Suleika Jaouad’s Isolation Journal Newsletter and Prompt 192. centered around Nikita Gill’s poem “Reasons to Live Through the Apocalypse”

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