That Dang Exhale

Three years ago, I posted an essay called, "An Exhale." That story went on to be published in two nonfiction anthologies which can be found here and here ---publications for which I'm not only proud, but grateful to have had the opportunity to share with others the potential catastrophe that hurricanes can bring: not just …

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Burnt

It’s a heavily humid mid-morning in swampy East Texas as I stand beside my dwindling garden wondering if I ought to just go ahead and pull the tomato plants from the ground. This spring’s cherry/chocolate/husky tomato yield was far and away the best season I’ve had, ‘mater-speaking, but it’s just too hot now and although …

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Boundaries

It’s pouring, I tell y’all. Pouring! A tempest. A typhoon. A piney-woods tidal wave with impressive lightning bolts and thunder which both crashes and growls. Something’s angered the gods and boy howdy they’re letting us know. The ducks are loving it but the donkeys, not so much. I’ve microwaved a cup of coffee from yesterday’s …

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Pop

Every year, I re-read this post about my dad and I think of adding things to it. Like the fact that everything he does, he does for other people. That he has the best jokes. That he literally never stops working. He cares so, so much. Humanity and kindness mean the world to him. I've …

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Porch

One week ago, I sat on my porch and watched a diagonal thunderstorm. Branches and leaves flailed violently and I’m not sure the thunder ever stopped---instead it hummed low like an idling truck with shocks of explosions here and there. Its growl never stopped, though. Out there on my porch, I stayed awake the entire …

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In Orbit

It’s 3:30 in the afternoon on a clear, late-spring day in Texas which means that it’s painfully bright outside. That’s not to say I’m not grateful for the sunshine, but it’s times like this I wish I’d just go ahead and get myself some prescription sunglasses. In quarantine, I have yet to wear my contacts …

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Weird

It's mid afternoon. I haven't seen a cloud all day beyond the tree's spring leaves which are in bright, juicy bloom. In a shady spot beneath the flitting birds and green-oh-so-green canopy of my backyard rainforest, I rock gently side to side on my hammock. I've been in this spot for nearly an hour staring …

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Brave

Hey friends! Here's a link to a reading of my book, "Tink the Bravest Donkey," that I hope your kiddos / students at home may enjoy while at home. I am in complete awe of how teachers, librarians, parents, and all y'all educators have come together to literally change the educational landscape overnight so that …

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While You’re At Home…

Hey there y'all -- during this time of uncertainty, I want to urge y'all to take time to connect with yourselves. It's incredibly easy to get sucked into the news cycles, (not that you should be uninformed...but it's also a risk of becoming addicted to and overwhelmed by it, so take breaks) and if you're …

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Will You Be My Val-Equine?

Hey y'all! For anyone who's got kiddos at home, I made a little recording of me reading my book, "Will You Be My Val-Equine?" with two of my donkeys (and of course, they steal the show ❤ ) I hope that y'all enjoy & if your kids have any questions / comments, just leave them …

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