Favorite Holiday Things: Eggnog Lattes, Frango and Holiday Lights

Last's years Christmas tree in St. Joe. No snow today! I went with a coworker to the lighting of the bluff in St. Joe last night. We froze our toes off but listened to the high school choir as we gathered with other local residents for the highlight of the holiday season. The icy wind … Continue reading Favorite Holiday Things: Eggnog Lattes, Frango and Holiday Lights

Hitting All My Marks

"Wish me luck," I said to my coworkers as I was leaving. "I have to run tonight."  "You are running outside in this?" my coworker said. "Better you than me." I knew it was cold. I didn't know it was raining, sleeting and spitting snow until I walked out the door. Ugh... do I really … Continue reading Hitting All My Marks

The Cracked Loaf

The events going on in the country have been weighing on me, and, specifically, I'm grieving the effects of climate change on our natural world. I struggle to know what's true and what's hype. I feel guilty for buying plastic, I feel helpless to make a difference just by recycling, and I feel hopeless for … Continue reading The Cracked Loaf

That First Michigan Snow

Ashok sprinted out the door into the snow this morning. She leaped a few times, tucked her butt to pee and then sprinted back in with a grin on her face. The first snow is always a happy surprise. If you live in Michigan, you know it's coming. It's as much a given as the … Continue reading That First Michigan Snow

The Kickoff of the Holidays

My AirBnb host has 11 of her 12 children home for the holiday. There is hustle and bustle down the stairs while dishes clang and laughter abounds. The fireplace in the dining room burns almost nonstop providing a respite and break in between chores and events. Song and the sound of a harp punctuate the … Continue reading The Kickoff of the Holidays

Cafe Con Leche

"What is Cafe con Leche?" I asked the barista at Cafe Cubana in Tulsa. "It has shots of espresso, steamed milk and sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of the cup," she said. "You had me at sweetened condensed milk," I answered. "Give me a big one." The big one has 4 shots of espresso. … Continue reading Cafe Con Leche

Sinking Into Gratitude

Find me in the photo! I'm in my happy place. This morning I'm going to take Ashok for a run on the river trail in Tulsa, but first I found an open coffeehouse right around the block from me. The Coffeehouse on Cherry Street seems to be a happening place at 7 AM, and I … Continue reading Sinking Into Gratitude

Thanksgiving Journey: Italian Delicacies, Peacocks and Friends

My gay boyfriend Michael and my running coach Jessica somehow managed to move 15 minutes away from each other in Tulsa. They both lived in Memphis at one time but have never met. Between the three of us, we've moved 8 times since we lived in Midtown Memphis. When a Thanksgiving invitation came around, I … Continue reading Thanksgiving Journey: Italian Delicacies, Peacocks and Friends

The Fruit of the Spirit

I've had writer's block for awhile now. I've been really working with it for over a year, and the magic seems to have evaporated. My head used to be full of stories, and my day would be scattered with seemingly magical moments where topics would arise out of nowhere. Gleefully, I'd grab it, run with … Continue reading The Fruit of the Spirit