Hello, there. It’s been a long time since I posted anything to a blog, but lately I’ve been feeling that it’s time to give it another go. I’ve changed a bit since I last wrote anything online; in fact, two of the three posts below have parts that make me cringe a little. But I decided to keep them, because they reflect who I was when I wrote them. We’re always changing, and if we tossed out or tried to hide everything we made in the past that seems not as good in the present, we’d never have much work to show anyone. And we’d always be hiding most of our journey that made us who we are now.

So, this is me taking a step out into the blogosphere (are the kids still saying that these days?) after a long hiatus. When I first started this blog, four years and one hosting platform ago, I was creating it because I wanted to have a place where I would write about what I considered to be “important” things. I had another site where I shared creative writing endeavors (you can view it here), but I wanted to write about other topics as well, some of which seemed too heavy for the space I had been cultivating. But it was kind of a foolish mindset–as if creative writing isn’t important. As if art doesn’t have the power to affect people, to change them. The other main problem with this mindset is that telling yourself you’re going to write about Important Things puts a lot of pressure on yourself. And writing is hard enough as it is.

So suffice it to say that I am done with that outlook. Going forward, I want to use this space to share all kinds of things. I want to post poems and vignettes and also musings on social justice and theology. I want to show you some of the dozens of photos I take of flowers and toads and other things that greet me on my path. I want to share the crafty things I make, like jewelry and crocheted goodies and cards, and maybe even include some tutorials along the way. I’m resurrecting this blog as a space to share the things I’m passionate about and the things that make me happy.

I look forward to cultivating a space of thoughtfulness and wonder and reflection and joy, and I hope you’ll join me along the way.

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