An American Elegy

“a reminder of how fragile and precious life is and how intimately connected we all are as human beings” —composer Frank Ticheli

The Call of the Trail: An Ode to Walking

When my mind is in tangles, I walk. Sometimes it seems that there can’t possibly be enough miles in front of me to sort through the cobwebs, the demons of doubt, the frustrations or sadness or fear that… Read More

A Story of Home

When you think of the word “home,” what comes to mind? A favorite room? A refuge from the hectic pace of daily life? A space for family meals and traditions?  A gathering place for celebrations? If we polled… Read More

One True Step: A Breast Cancer Journey

In 2002, one of my dearest friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. In her late thirties, with a wonderful spouse and two young sons, I watched as she navigated surgery, chemo and radiation, as so many women do…. Read More

Hindsight: Why Stories Matter

Don’t we all wish we had the 20-20 vision of hindsight in the moment an event is unfolding? We would have all the insight that retrospection brings, without having to wait. I used to believe that if we… Read More