Pennies from Heaven

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for little things. Little things like a freelance gig I absolutely love that I found quickly and I hope will keep me busy for a long while. I can hardly believe my luck. Little things like an HSA account (and money in it!) so that when my mammogram comes back […]

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A Testimony

I believe in Jesus Christ. And when I study His life, His teachings, His parables, and what He taught prophets ancient and modern, it all comes down to this: how we treat each other matters. It’s easy to get distracted by the dumpster fires of the world around us, and to get caught up in […]

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The Bechdel Test of Life

What do you do if, as a woman, you realize that the majority of your own life would not pass the Bechdel test? Even over a dozen years after my feminist awakening my lived experience is drastically different than what I would want for any daughter – were I to have had a daughter which […]

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Write My Way Out

More than two decades into adulthood I’m struggling with balance and self compassion and regret and future-making. I’m about halfway through this game of life and I want to throw out all the rules. Worst of all, I’m resentful of the very real reasons I can never do that. It isn’t that I don’t like […]

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On Fasting (and prayer)

My earliest fasting memory involves praying for the thing I wanted most of all: a My Little Pony DreamscapeSomethingOrOther. I started fasting at age 8. I knew I was to pray for something while I fasted so I prayed for the toy I had seen in commercials that I knew for sure I could never […]

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I fully own that I am proud of the way I parented when R and O were young. We had a vibrant and engaging life that stretched us intellectually and socially and kept us really bonded together. I’m glad of that. It made the abject poverty bearable. Once they were both in school it’s a […]

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It’s A Small Mormon World

Here’s a fun story: When I was 14 years old Juneau was not yet a stake. As a district we didn’t have our patriarch, and the nearest one would have been in Anchorage. But one day word came through that a woman from Juneau would be traveling with her father who had come to visit. […]

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Iris

A week ago we got a kitten. While we’ve had a lizard for two years getting a cat was a pretty big departure from our pet-less lives. The cat was both a long, drawn out thing and a total impulse. We’ve had a leopard gecko for two years. He’s awesome and easy and we love […]

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Developing Immunity

Whenever the foot soldiers of my immune system show up to work they send everyone else home. “Go to sleep,” they kindly offer. (What they mean is stay out of our way and let us work.) So while I complete my transition from human to walking 5G tower I’m going to be over here taking […]

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