Postponement and Poem

Hello, my lovely, faithful readers.  It’s been a while since I’ve actually talked to you.  How are you doing? Eight days ago, I finished writing the first draft of a novel I’ve been working on for a year and a half!  It’s a huge cause for celebration, and also means I’ve started doing intensive research …

Learning to be Emotional

Something I’ve been realizing recently is how emotionally stunted the society I live in is, and consequently how emotionally stunted I am.  Since I was young, I have been implicitly taught that unpleasant feelings are bad and unnatural, and I should pretend they do not exist.  Something horrible happened?  Buck up and deal with it. …

Guarding Your Heart

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). When I first came across this passage, I was a freshman in college, having recently undergone the worst heartbreak of my life to date.  I read it, and wished I had come across it years earlier, so that I could …

The Heart Bush

When it’s warm outside, my family likes to eat dinner on our back patio. One night near the end of this past summer, we were doing just that. I had recently developed a fascination with pruning our overgrown plants and was looking at them, planning to continue in the morning. Then one of us, I …