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New publications and new projects!

Things have been quiet around here for a while. The truth is I haven’t been writing much. And it’s been kind of great. The weather finally warmed up, so I’ve been spending a lot of time in my garden, taking my dog for long walks, and working on non-writing creative projects (sewing and my new...

Photo of a thistle plant with purple flowers

Delusions of garden grandeur

When D.J. and I bought our house in 2015, I had big plans for my garden. Of course, nothing is ever as simple as we think it’s going to be, is it? The first year we lived here, we spent most of our free time working on the house itself. Our friend Shane of Blaiscraft...

I am not a minimalist: An attempt at tidying

When Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was released in the US, I picked up a library copy and read it. I even gave it a bit of a trial run with my clothes (though I didn’t pile everything on my bed). Ultimately, though, I realized that while organization and tidiness is great,...

Missing Lexi

Missing Lexi

I had a dream about Lexi the other night. My dad’s dog Neo was there, too, and they were both puppies again. We played tug like we always used to, and when I squished her she got mad at me (also like she always used to). Neo was about a year old when we got...

Every end is a new beginning

Every end is a new beginning

Monday, June 4th, we said goodbye to Lexi. Her life was full of things she loved, and we strove to maintain her quality of life right to the end. With degenerative myelopathy, there’s not really a tipping point. It’s a slow, steady progression that robs the dog of her mobility and eventually her breath. Although...