A Survival Guide for the Rollercoaster of Faith

I’m pushing carrots around my plate with my fork, lost in thought after a long and heavy day, when my husband asks, “Do you want to go to church this Sunday?” I snap out of my dark reverie in surprise. “Why? Do you?” “Yes?” It comes out more question than answer. I don’t respond right away. […]

Deconstructing the Narratives

In June, my husband and I purchased new phones. This may not seem particularly noteworthy to some, but you have to understand that by the time we finally got new phones, I had had my iPhone 4 for nearly four years. It had a shattered screen, it had stopped saving my text messages, it had […]

The Year That Changed Me

There’s only one other time in my memory when I did not wish for a new year to come. Normally, I ring in the New Year with eagerness, full of hope for a fresh start. But 2012 was different. I was saying goodbye to my mother in the last days of 2011. She went to […]

For Better or Frizzier

I have a long and complicated relationship with my hair. At 28, I’ve mostly learned how to cope with it in a finely-honed technique of leave-in conditioners, serums, blow-dryers, straighteners, curling irons, hairsprays and fairy dust (also known as dry shampoo.) But for the first half of my life, my hair was a wild tangle […]

The Raspberry Resurrection

The early spring was colder and rainier than previous springs we’ve had here in Nashville. Winter was more intense too—six inches of snow in January broke a ten-year record for this southern state. One gloomy afternoon in late April, I wondered aloud about the weather and what it meant for the coming summer to the […]