What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show… Continue reading

Defeating Envy

Confession: The theme of the last year of so of my life is probably “envy.” I’m chuckling (in a “to keep from weeping” way) as I type this because it’s humiliating for a grown woman and trained counselor to admit that she can be derailed by such issues. I know better than that. Yet sometimes,… Continue reading Defeating Envy


“Lauren, you need to start writing again.” “You’re losing your writing mojo! You’ve probably forgotten how to do it!” “Lauren, you are literally the worst blogger/writer/human ever.” “You probably shouldn’t start anything until you’re sure you can knock it out of the water.” (I didn’t notice that confused metaphor until editing this post and left… Continue reading Beginnings