I am a writer and obsessive reader. This blog was born in the summer of 2011. At that time, I had just returned from a whirlwind year in Spain, where I had moved my family for a cross-cultural experience. During that year I wrote a series of haiku poems as a way to cope with the stimulation of living abroad. I put the poems together in a little book for friends and family and it felt like one of the most satisfying things I had ever done. I discovered that I liked offering my writing to the world, and I decided a blog was the perfect way to continue my writing journey.
I’ve enjoyed musing in this space on everything from raising kids to meeting my sister for the first time. I’ve also written about my spiritual explorations and various trips to Guatemala with Mayan Partners, an organization I helped found that supports community development in the little town of Panyebar.
A lot has happened in the years since I started the blog. When I started I was a full-time mom, driving kids to sports practices and organizing playdates, alongside various volunteer activities at church and school. (I also worked in a bookstore for three years, which was great fun.) Now, my kids have grown up and left the nest. During those intervening years, I began to pursue writing more seriously (you can find links to my published articles on the main menu) and trained to become a Spiritual Director. I am a contemplative by nature, but also an activist. I value space for deep reflection, but I also want to express that in tangible ways that impact others, whether that’s by helping people grow spiritually or physically (as is the case with my work with Mayan Partners).
I hope you find refreshment in these entries. I welcome your comments and thoughts.
Peace and blessings,
P.S. Each day is a chance to start life anew! I love this poem by Ransetsu.
harete suzume no
New Year’s Day–
the clouds are gone and the sparrows
are telling each other tales.