Finding Simplicity and Slowness Amid Change

The past few months have brought a great deal of change into my life. Where do I even start? Townhouse renovations. Job hunting. Getting a job offer. Starting an awesome new job at a local library, which I am loving so far. Dealing with a mystery illness for which doctors have yet to determine a […]

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Feeling “Scattered”: The Tricky Balancing Act of, Well, Balance

Those of you who practice yoga are likely familiar with tree pose. In it, you stand on one foot and slide your other foot up the inside of the opposing leg until it reaches your inner thigh. And here, you stand, rooted as firmly in your stance as an oak sinking its roots deep into […]

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The Joy of a Grateful Heart

This afternoon, I drove home from my last session of physical therapy in the pouring rain, thunder rumbling overhead. Though I still have to keep up with my exercises and stretches to ensure the pain doesn’t return, I feel stronger than before, more grounded in my body. I am often too cerebral, and physical therapy […]

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How to get—and stay—organized when you don’t have a fairy godmother

Wouldn’t it be nice if, at the end of the day, after all of the messes and chaos, our fairy godmother would show up, wave her magic wand, and, in a sea of sparkles, things would magically put themselves back in place? Or, if we could but cast a spell, and everything would look nice […]

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Living in the Deep: What it means to live a slow, passionate, creative life

In the past few years, I have been trying to strike a careful balance between opening myself up to the world, fully living in it, and living slowly. There have been missteps along the way. Taking a part-time job quickly turned into an energy suck. But letting go of it made space for the opportunity […]

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Embracing Our Inner Hobbit: Life lessons from Tolkien

I love hobbits, and I love the Shire. There’s something very hobbit-like about my version of the writer’s life. I curl up with a cup of tea, maybe something yummy to eat (croissants from the bakery down the street are a favorite), and I set to writing. I sip Earl Grey while I get lost […]

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Authenticity: The Right Blend of Imagination and Action

Thoreau goes on to say, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” I’ve talked a lot about simple living on this blog. I’ve talked about my decluttering efforts, my desire to live with less, and also the practices of slowness and stillness and being present. But I still don’t […]

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The Practice of Stillness

“The Page of Cups is sentimental. She is a true romantic at heart, and in a world that is filled with so much noise and bustle, she longs for the time and space to simply breathe and to truly take in the pleasures that abound. She listens to the still voice from deep inside that […]

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Digging Deeper, in Life and Art

One of the most magical years of my life was spent living on a farm in rural Southwest Virginia. I’d rise in the morning and, before it was too hot, work in the large garden I tended. Afterward I’d sit on the porch, read poetry, work on my master’s thesis, write poetry—I even tried my […]

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