Happy Girl Part II

Even though it’s beginning to feel like it’s been a long time since I lived in Brooklyn, I still miss the arts scenes there. Taking the photography my husband gave me as a birthday gift through Bemis School of Art challenges me to continue to grow in how I executive … Continue reading

Why I Left New York Part III

Towards the end of my years in Taiwan and New York, I was beginning to get a better idea of what I wanted for myself and my life. I had identified financial, professional, and values-based goals for myself. Let’s start with the most tangible and easily quantifiable goal; money. When I … Continue reading


The strangest thing just happened: I came across a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge by accident, and suddenly I could smell the air in DUMBO (down under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Overpasses) and hear the noises of New York City. As if I were standing at the edge of a … Continue reading

Small Town Girl’s 1 Year Anniversary

Today was my remarkably unremarkable one-year anniversary in my small town Missouri job. Coincidentally, I’m wearing the same Columbia fleece tonight that I’m wearing in this post, written the day I moved from Brooklyn, New York back to rural Missouri last February. In my first year back in my home … Continue reading

Letter to New York

Dear New York City, I’ve not forgotten you. Even as I lace up the hiking boots that I’m wearing to work today, I haven’t forgotten you. Even though I swore to myself a year ago that I’d never wear them to the office, I still remember you. As I look … Continue reading

Aching Throbbing Loneliness (I Miss NY)

It’s not just New York that I miss, but then again, it’s probably never place, separate from the rest of life, that anyone misses. For the last two days, I’ve missed New York City with an aching, depressing, loneliness that only hits at the end of the day, when my … Continue reading

The Brooklyn Bridge

On Sunday, I meandered through the small town streets of  Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, camera in hand. Ste. Genevieve is a truly beautiful and historic town, but the part of Ste. Gen I’d like to share with you this morning is just a simple store front window with my reflection in … Continue reading


I didn’t live in NYC in 2001, so it didn’t occur to me that I could have seen the World Trade Towers from my apartment until I saw these spotlights last year from my bedroom window. In the Midwest, we see 9/11 as a large scale event. We’re compassionate, but … Continue reading

Brooklyn Arrives in the Lou

Today my friend Michael Hearst arrived from NYC with bandmate Ron for a performance of his project “Songs for Ice Cream Trucks” tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm the St. Louis Art Museum. As is evidenced by my lack of blogging over the last seven days, I’ve had a hellacious week, … Continue reading

More Gentle and More Beautiful

As a kid, I wasn’t afraid of much, but I was scared of what was beneath the surface of lakes, oceans, seas, gulfs or streams. Any natural water source that was too deep for me to see the bottom of terrified me. Our hearts are like those lakes, oceans, seas, … Continue reading

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