Sadie. Mom Mom. The person I was named after and the best grandmother I could ever ask for. She was born on the 4th of July, and it set the tone for her whole life: independent. I can still see her yellow hands, bulging with blue and green veins from years of hard work. Wrinkled and soft. She was a little lady with a big heart, and she was love.In the summer that I …Read More >
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Track 1: “Where Does the Good Go” by Tegan and SaraOn a long, broken road to Nova Scotia, my soon-to-be-fiancé and I listen to songs I haven’t heard in years and, in some cases, had forgotten even existed. The songs, hidden in mix CDs that my former “person” and I had compiled implicitly speak to the lives we embodied during each season of each year of our friendship. …Read More >
Halloween is coming soon. It seems like as soon as September gets here, everyone pulls out their Halloween decorations. Up until last year, I didn’t celebrate. It just wasn’t my thing. I never liked doing what everyone else was doing anyway. Of course I watched a few of the movies. Hocus Pocus is always a given. However, there was one thing that I did every year on …Read More >
King Solomon said that there is a season for everything. A season of love, pain, joy, sorrow. A time to sow and a time to reap. A time to work and a time to rest.Which season are you in? A season of loss, pain, loneliness? Have hope and be encouraged! Life is full of uncomfortable and daunting transitions that we must learn to deal with. Take this time to heal, to grow …Read More >
And what could be more comforting than to fold grief to fold anger like a blanket, with neat corners to put them into a box of words? --Mary Oliver Long before I encountered the poetry of Mary Oliver, I understood what it meant to put grief and anger—and all of life, really—into a box of words. Words have, indeed, helped me explore the gnarled complexities of life, …Read More >
Social media. Can’t live with it. Can’t live without it. Even though this saying is cliché, it definitely applies for social platforms. I have found some really inspirational things and met some really nice people through different social apps and websites. Yet sometimes, I feel overwhelmed by social media. Especially on Facebook. As an introvert, it is already hard for me …Read More >