Writing Thoughts: How to win the lottery

I drove down to Louisville to have lunch with my lovely sister this week. In the car on the way there, I listened to one of my favorite podcasts, Reply All (a great recommendation from Cathy Day). Reply All is about “technology” and “the internet,” … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Finding Your Audience

When I tell people around town that I’m on sabbatical, some of them ask, “So will you be writing on your blog again?” They ask this in a way that I believe implies that they want the answer to be yes. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m going with that. It’s … [Read more...]

I am a failed novelist

I recently saw this FB post going around with Will Smith talking about the importance of failure and I can’t agree more. Failure is super-important in so many different ways. Meditation is all about failure. You sit and your thoughts wander—failure! … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Women’s March

This Saturday a small miracle happened in Madison—the first ever (at least to my knowledge) Women’s March. The march was organized by the amazing women of Madison’s Indivisible chapter. There were speeches and signs and singing and everything you’d … [Read more...]

Go away so I can think, already

Depending on how you count it, it’s week two of my sabbatical and I’m currently sitting in my writing chair, trying to fend off the cat who feels she is much more worthy of my lap than this computer. Some days, I think she’s probably right. During … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: MLK Day Reprise

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a re-post of one of my very first Madison Monday's. I love this book and I love this story for the way it demonstrates how our racial reality becomes taken-for-granted as natural and given, even though it … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: the cool people

Does this happen everywhere or is it just a small town thing? You see someone around over and over again and you think to yourself, they seem kind of cool. Why don’t I know them? Like, really, why don’t I know them? There are only about 15,000 people … [Read more...]

My Totally Random and Non-Definitive Best of 2017 List

Best Resolution from 2016  I Followed Through On In December of 2016, as the world was just beginning its descent into the chaos and horror that would be 2017, I decided now was the time to start meditating every day. For real. None of this, okay, … [Read more...]

Two hundred and fifty-four plus rejections and counting later…

Looking back on the dumpster fire of a year that 2017 was in so many ways, I thought I’d try to focus on some good things that happened to me in the middle of the all-around shit-storm. Roxane Gay had a series of tweets recently correcting people … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Main Street Loft Tour

This was the second year for the amazing Madison Main Street Loft Tour. We didn't get to go last year because we had obligations at Hanover's homecoming. This year we skipped homecoming in favor of checking out some of the amazing spaces that hover … [Read more...]