Write one good sentence

"Write one good sentence," wrote Ernest Hemingway in A Moveable Feast. I'm reading this book now as I lay on the white sandy beach of the Carribean sea. I came here for a week on the prodding of a friend, also a non-drinker, who needed a break and knew I did too. She put it…

Resurrection

The event of bringing back from the dead. Ashes to ashes... It's a word I've always known but rarely took apart. Not to get all latin geeky on you (but I did take Latin in high school, mostly because my Mom nudged me, but I'll tell you, algebra has never served me in adulthood but…

Faith

March 16, 2018 Every March 15th, for the past 2 years, we do this ritual. We lay in bed and tell each other stories of this night, on that year. I'm sure we will do this the rest of our lives. My parents had driven down a few days before from Maryland. I had taken…

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Today is my birthday. No big party. No candles. No friends to come over to celebrate. I'm in a quiet place, in a reflective state of mind. One friend came by with a gift and stayed a while. She's vaccinated and it was the first hug I've had in so long I can't remember. I…

Poetry

I always joked that being a poet was just a step fiscally below being a folk singer, while I aspired secretly to really be a poet, as, although none of us make much money, to me, poets have always been heroines and heroes. Today, Amanda Gorman proved that poets have the power to truly change…

Thanksgiving 2006

On Thanksgiving Eve, 2006, I flew alone to London, England for the second time in my life to play The 12 Bar Club. I never made it through Heathrow. I’d been to London twice before, once to play a show there at the 12 Bar. It was a tiny music club in the Soho district.  The…

Rage Against The Machine

Election Day. It's 4:15pm, Tuesday, November 3rd, and I'm sweating and shaking and, if I weren't sober, I'd be plugging down multiple bottles of wine. Instead, I'm scarfing all the leftover Halloween candy from our untouched plastic pumpkin stuffed with full-size candy bars. Incidentally, just 2 days ago in the calm before the storm, I…

Me and Taylor

I had a dream last night. I was hanging out at a larger party, like a weekend of parties, like a music conference, but in a smaller party, like in my house with Taylor Swift. Yep. That's right. And we were watching on TV a video she had just made of a song she wrote…

Mother’s Day #3

This time last year, this exact date, we were dunking our little guy in the Harpeth River with my Mom and my Dad and my sister and her daughter and my brother and Jamey's entire family around us. Jamey and I were standing waist deep in the freezing water with Huck, surrounded by our beautiful…

Baby Shark

I was in the shower today and I wanted to take a bath, so I made my shower as calming as I could, like a bath. Ran the water hot. Lit a candle. Decided I would take longer. Luxuriate in the quiet. Birds chirping outside the window. Rain falling. My son asleep for his afternoon…