Finding the comfort of our own wisdom

Jennifer Louden’s work is not a stranger to many of us. A fan of her work, and the ways in which she leads people to the comfort of their own wisdom, I was humbled by her interest in Life is a Verb and by her kind words: "I adore Patti Digh’s book Life is a...

Barriers, bridges, and books

Chapter Four in Life is a Verb is about being generous. Not in terms of money, but in terms of opening the space for others to be who they are, about reaching out to them, about providing them the same level of specificity as you provide yourself. About allowing for...

Name your favorite teacher. Now thank them.

I think teachers are the greatest thing on earth. Truly. I can point to teachers of mine–from Mrs Halliburton in the first grade to Mrs Smith in the fourth, from Mrs Brown in sixth to Mrs Rockett in ninth grade algebra to Ms Sakowski and Mrs Fullwood in high...

Automotive Acne explores toast rules

The Blog Tour continues today with Allan Smithee at Automotive Acne (Productions) excerpting one of my favorite essays, "Bust your toast rules," along with the beautiful art of Leah Piken Kolidas, one of the 125 pieces of original art in Life is a Verb. My...

Rick made me cry. In a good way.

In the days leading up to my visit on his blog today, Rick Hamrick wrote some beautiful, generous words that made me cry. In a good way. Rick, my deepest thanks. Rick has a wonderful piece of art in LIAV. When he sent it in, he wrote that it didn’t turn out the...