Day 20: Take heart.

Day 20: Take heart.

IT IS THE PERFECT WAY to wrap up these Thirty Days of Joy, doing it with Day Twenty because, well, 2020, and also because my friend Melissa at art4money* posted something that is the absolute, best, most perfect way to dive into the hope that is 2021. I realized when...
Day 19: LET THE WORLD REJOICE.

Day 19: LET THE WORLD REJOICE.

WE HAVE MADE our way back to the mountains, and getting to rest my eyes against these ancient Appalachians is the balm I need, standing, like we are, at the end of this hateful COVID year. It has been a long, slow, painful slog—GOOD LORD BUT IT HAS BEEN A SLOG—and...
Day 18: Man oh man, but that moon.

Day 18: Man oh man, but that moon.

You might think it a sad thing, our downtown-home ability to catch only teasing glimpses of the sky as the sun rises and sets each day over the city of Columbia. And very often that is the disappointing truth. But not today. Today I woke up to this photo, sent to me...
Day 17: Rest. Relax. Repeat.

Day 17: Rest. Relax. Repeat.

I love the days between Christmas and New Year’s, when it feels rest and reflection are admirable goals for the week. I’ve spent plenty of time chill-axing: a little reading, a lot of sofa time and an embarrassing amount of binge watching Kevin Costner and...
Day 16: And on this Christmas Eve.

Day 16: And on this Christmas Eve.

It has been a very different Advent season, just as we knew it would be. I have not talked with a single friend or loved one who has not had difficult decisions to make, time-honored traditions to forego, life impacted by (or devastated by) the realities of tricky,...
Day 15: Making. Do.

Day 15: Making. Do.

My studio is incredible—a good size with great light and plenty of space for ALL THE THINGS I do down there—painting, writing, crafting, sewing, reading, playing, dreaming. There’s a spot for all of it. What there is not space for, alas, is a Christmas tree. So...

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