Dear Mailroom Employee, I’m With You

This fall, I've been taking a writing class. It has challenged me to carve space to write, to take notice of beauty, and to think about the words I say even more intentionally. One of our recent prompts asked us to reflect on a national news story with a personal lens. Here is mine.  When…

Dear Friend, Welcome to the Neighborhood

The bell on the doorway clanged as I ducked out of the rain and into the shop. It was an unassuming place, but brightly decorated. Small window displays advertised new clothing arrivals, and neon signs told the sales of the day. “Hello there!” cheered the woman behind the counter, smiling up from her calculator and…

Dear Friend, You Can Take it Slow

Sunday comes. Church. I slow down after a full weekend. The guitar sings come thou fount of every blessing, and my heart is stilled and reminded that each and every blessing has one source. It is spelled on screens, sung by weary and united voices. As I watch summer greens electrify our sidewalks with the first signs…