28 One-Liners On Grief

For almost a year now I've been quietly posting almost daily under my project name of The Grief Practice over on Instagram. I alternate posting words with photos, and tonight I wrapped up many of them into this little list. Because I don't know about you, but sometimes it's nice to have all the words in … Continue reading 28 One-Liners On Grief

For The Hard Women

I am not afraid of your hardness. I know it grew out of necessity, just like mine did. I know it keeps you safe and in control, and that's okay. I see the part of you that is soft and open and wants to have the conversation, the one where you're heard and seen and … Continue reading For The Hard Women

For The Little Girls Trying To Be Perfect

I have spent so much of this life trying to be perfect. And what I have to show for it is a body full of tension and a mind whose instinct is to put on the brakes instead of lifting my arms and letting out a whole-hearted and wholly inappropriate whoooot.  And so. This is … Continue reading For The Little Girls Trying To Be Perfect

The Language of Grief

Death is so inarticulate. Grief, however, speaks to our hearts and from our hearts. Grief can sing and grief can sign. Grief can write poetry and grief can tell stories. Grief can speak from loudspeakers and from tiny mouths. Grief can say I love you and grief can ask for help. Grief is fluent in … Continue reading The Language of Grief

Let It All Fall Apart

Save your strength for those who need you to be strong but how tender can you be with your own heart how patient can you be with your own growth how kind can you be to your weak parts Hold it together when others are collapsing but once in a while let it all fall … Continue reading Let It All Fall Apart

Where We Begin (When It All Ends)

When it all implodes, explodes, hits the fan, comes to Jesus, goes to hell, unravels, derails, blindsides us, sideswipes us, bowls us over or pulls us under the breath is still there starting with the pause after the exhale that moment where we decide to keep breathing to keep living it invites us to sit … Continue reading Where We Begin (When It All Ends)

If Grief Could Speak (5 Things It Would Say)

If grief could speak it would say, I’m sorry. I’m sorry it’s me that arrived at your doorstep instead of love. But I am made of love too. In fact, it’s because I love so much that I hurt so much when I lose the people I love. If grief could speak it would say, … Continue reading If Grief Could Speak (5 Things It Would Say)

Dear June

Dear June: you are here so briefly (like it all is) so when you invite me on long walks I drop everything to go when we watch the clouds float by like thoughts, one right after the other, I tell you people call this "doing nothing" but you call it "being" I introduced you to my little … Continue reading Dear June

When the Light Leaves the Sky

Tonight I settle into the trust that is necessary when the light leaves the sky (or our life) into the faith that is required to run my hands over the walls of my heart I cannot see (but I feel thumping with life) I sink into the silence that is the answer I have been looking … Continue reading When the Light Leaves the Sky