re: grief & pottery…
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re: grief & pottery…

I’m no good at grief. … Really, I’m not. Or, perhaps I should say – I’m no good at polite, front-parlor, sorrowful-eyes, bring-a-casserole, hold-your-hand, murmur-platitudes grief. THAT I’m no good at. But I can rock the hell out of some get-drunk, scream-into-the-storm, curse-wildly, laugh-inappropriately grief. If that’s what’s required, I’m definitely the one for the … Continue reading

a true heritage…
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a true heritage…

It’s no secret I’m Southern. I’ve been pretty clear about that in my posts. I’m not a transplant, I’m not a part-timer, I’m not a newbie. I was born in Alabama and moved to Georgia. Doesn’t get much more solidly southern than that – except maybe for my lovelies who live their entire lives in … Continue reading

reaching back
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reaching back

We all know the prevalent wisdom, right? Don’t look back – keep your focus on what’s ahead. It’s all over the place in pithy quotes… “What is coming is far better than what is gone. Don’t look back, keep moving forward!” “Never look backwards or else you’ll lose your way to your goals.” “There’s no … Continue reading

a silver song…
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a silver song…

My anam cara closes most of his correspondence or posts with the phrase ‘stay up, stay gold’ – a reference to The Outsiders, but more accurately, the poem ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ by Robert Frost. I get why he does it. It’s a beautiful sentiment, and a worthy thing to remind others to be. Hold … Continue reading

the realness of grief…
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the realness of grief…

I recently lost my little girl. I didn’t give birth to her, but I helped raise her. I changed her diapers, held & rocked her til she slept, brushed her hair, shopped with her, drank/ laughed/ fought/ loved with her… we cried over hurts & cheered over successes. In every way that mattered, she was … Continue reading

a childe of the stars…
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a childe of the stars…

This post isn’t yee-haw rabble-rousing or a super-scrumptious recipe (though I have a couple of those that hopefully I’ll get around to soon)… this post is going to ask you to think a little deeper, and maybe question how you do things both in your life and (interestingly) in your ritual. Let me put out … Continue reading

a collective power…
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a collective power…

I was raised in the church. My entire world was encompassed by it, and no other weekend was more important than this one… Easter. The holy grail of Christendom… a 3-day powerhouse (after palm Sunday a week earlier, of course) of religious fervor. I’m not going to detail how it started as our holiday – that’s … Continue reading

01.25.14
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01.25.14

Fourteenth Day – What This Experience Has Taught Me I may never fully realize all the ways this trip has changed me … What I do realize is even more than I had expected Well, I’m on the plane again. Headed home this time… and it’s raining – again. We’re taxiing, the security announcements are … Continue reading