A Letter to My Younger Self

* I recently had the privilege of joining Susie Davis on her Dear Daughters podcast. In preparation for our conversation, Susie asked if I would pen a letter to my younger self. You can listen to our full interview right here. The letter I shared with Susie and her listeners is printed for you below. * Dear Twelve-year-old Christie reading her...

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A Letter to My Younger Self

An Inconvenient Hope

Christmas is many things, but convenient isn’t one of them. Especially if you are the one who bakes the traditional cookies, the it-wouldn’t-be-Christmas-without-them-mom! cookies, while running the bedding for the guest room through the laundry, while keeping an eye on a child’s letter writing to Santa, while affixing a gift tag to the...

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An Inconvenient Hope

Autumn Parables

I first wrote these words a few Octobers ago. Since then, I've written a memoir embroidered with stories of trees. That book will come out in March--just in time for green spring--but it seems I've been paying attention to the trees for a long while.     Autumn is announced by the seedling trees. The baby trees. They are the first to...

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Autumn Parables

All the Colors We Will See: Guest Post and Giveaway

(the following post contains affiliate links) I met Patrice Gopo during a week-long writer's residency at the wonderful Collegeville Institute. I was just beginning the book that would become Placemaker. She was nearing the end of the book that has become All the Colors We Will See. It was always a treat to take a break from writing and run...

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All the Colors We Will See: Guest Post and Giveaway

Where to Find Real Rest

  I sat in my hairdresser’s chair this morning feeling too worn out for small talk. Summer days at home with four children will do that. She asked about my trip to Tuscany: “Did you bring home ideas for your writing?” “No,” I said. “Well, maybe,” I added. * What did I bring home from this spiritual retreat for writers? Two bottles of...

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Where to Find Real Rest

A Summer Manifesto

I wanted to write something about these long, summer days: how they are suddenly upon us, how they leave me laughing but also desperately trying to catch my breath. Then I did a little digging in my blog archives and realized I'd already written the post I was imagining. No need to reinvent the wheel, then. Summer is easy like that. In...

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A Summer Manifesto

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