Category: Jennie

Signs of Life Day One

My first thought upon hearing the alarm song at 7 a.m. (“Across the Great Divide” by Nanci Griffith) was – Absolutely not. No way it is time to wake up. Nope. – and then I hit the snooze button. But then I heard Chuck shuffling around the room, and then I heard the faucet turn on and off in our bathroom, and… Read more →

Why I love the Green Bay Packers

It all began in 2009 when I was the features writer at Amarillo Magazine. My editor, Michele, received a phone call from a friend who was looking for a graphic designer who might be able to help him with a project. A physician and lifelong Packers fan, he’d spent years researching the history of the team and needed someone to turn… Read more →

16 Things I Learned in 2016

Over the last week, and then again today while on a run, I sorted through 2016 and whittled down a collection of lessons I’ve learned in the last year. I’ve never been keen on setting resolutions, but in recent years I’ve worked hard to be mindful of my mistakes and efforted not to repeat them. I look critically at myself,… Read more →

Medal No. 15 from The Santa Hustle

December has been a good month for our family. It started with the most amazing experience ever at Lambeau Field, then Jeremy killed his first deer – a five-point buck. Then yesterday, I ran my 15th race. First of all, I scarcely trained. I do not recommend not training for a race and today I have the sore knees to… Read more →

Negativity is the enemy of creativity.

This is a quote by American director David Lynch, and right now it paints an accurate picture of my current headspace. Something has happened to my brain, and my impulse is to blame social media, or rather, the garbage that is projected from people who use social media. Paired to social media is also this election cycle. I am down,… Read more →

One foot at home, one foot in the Abbey

It has been terrifically challenging to fold back into day-to-day life after three days at the Abbey. I know – the math of that statement doesn’t make sense. Three whole days versus my entire life? Nonsensical. And yet, that’s how I feel. Each day has been a careful step into what I hope will be my new normal. Less noise,… Read more →

Diary of a Retreatant: Showing Up

*This is the first in a series of posts about my experience at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky, on July 22-24.  The idea to go to a monastery to write was not my own. Until a year and a half ago, I didn’t even know the place existed. But like many scenarios in the last three years, while on my… Read more →

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