Missing

Where the hell are you? I know you’re in Kansas, but that’s just your skin and bones. I’d wish you a happy birthday but I can’t. I want you to itch. I want you to ache. I want you to have nightmares and restlessness until the shadow you’re under is crystal clear. You were the […]

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Thoughts & Prayers

Thoughts & prayers are NOT enough. Not when more moms & dads will bury kids this week, & more sons & daughters will grow up without parents. — Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 2, 2017 I agree. The truth is, people who “think and pray” agree too. Thinking is rarely the end of a story. Before […]

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If We Were Speaking…

  I discovered another detail about myself today—another truth I wish weren’t true. Lately I feel like these unwelcome epiphanies sort of line a trophy shelf over my subconscious. I excuse myself from the people, situations or light of day and hide away in a large dark room. Maybe my voice will softly absorb into […]

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Big Machines

Tonight I heard one of the most talented Hollywood screenwriters speak. He was eloquent, relatable and charming. I was constantly engaged by what he had to say, and grateful I had the opportunity to hear it. He spoke about the therapy of writing, the importance of craft and the power of pain. I could see […]

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Dear Hannah…

Dear Hannah… Luci is your age, nearly exactly. Every night I see her lately I see your tiny body next to her. I see you sitting quietly in that big chair in our living room. I wonder why you’re so quiet. I don’t blame you; it’s a scary world full of people who cause pain […]

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