My dear readers, I have a confession to make. I can’t stop thinking about you. A few nights ago, for instance, I fell asleep thinking about reader profiles and style guides and what it means to write for you. To create something you care about and that, collectively, creates a space where you enjoy coming and where, every single time you visit, you can be assured of finding something new,  fresh, and worthwhile. In the past, writing on this blog has been, for the most,…Continue Reading “Portrait of a Generation”

I’m not one to cry, but I did. I almost lost it. You see, I was so overwhelmed. A mere song before walking down the aisle, it dawned on me. This is actually happening. After all we’ve been through, this is happening. I woke up calm as sunrise. All day, I felt the tingling peace that sweeps over a girl when someone plays with her hair, all the way from mid-morning mimosas to the first step into my dress to the very last pre-ceremony picture….Continue Reading “The Perfect Wedding”

October

For me, Thanksgiving has come early this year. When I think about where I am – physically, mentally, emotionally – all I want to do is race to the top of a large cliff and yell at the top of my lungs, “Thank yooooou!” to the great blue yonder. And think – it’s just the beginning of October! It’s funny, too, because I can remember so many Thanksgivings past when my grandmother would say, “Now, before we say the blessing, why don’t we all go…Continue Reading “Finding Beauty in October”

Greensboro

Well folks, that’s it. I’ve been living in the charming town of Greensboro, Alabama, for about a year now, and here I am, packing up and moving again. I am moving because I have accepted a job in Birmingham as a writer for a local newspaper, which means that, for various reasons, I will not be returning to teach a second year with Teach For America. After much distance – spending weeks agonizing over the decision, struggling between the idea of fulfilling a commitment and…Continue Reading “A Transition”

leaves

It’s Friday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, the day before Alabama plays LSU in what has become known as “The Game of the Century,” and what am I doing? As a current Alabama student, you’d think that I’d be out in the sunshine enjoying the festivities. But, by choice, I’m not. While Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews, Urban Meyer, and the rest of the ESPN College GameDay crew entertain a live audience just a few hundred feet away from my apartment, I am sitting on my couch…reading. But I’m not…Continue Reading “The Game of the Century”

river

Do you have a favorite body of water? Mine is the river. I love rivers especially because of what they do to cities…that is, they authenticate them, give them resiliency, knowledge, history, life. Let me explain. For the most part, I hate cities, especially big ones. The ones I do like (Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Birmingham, to name a few) are located on or very near rivers. So are Paris and London, two of the most well-loved cities in the world. This river-city connection…Continue Reading “A Reflection About River Towns”