In the summer of 2010, I was weary. I had been carrying big things for far too long without any ability to put them down, and I needed a break. So I went, like many have before me, to a monastery. I went to Mepkin Abby in South Carolina, on the banks of the Cooper River. There, … [Read more...] about Praying at Three in the Morning
It was Tuesday at 7:00AM, and I put on my shorts, laced up my shoes and hit the road. I would run the trails by my house, covering 2 and a half miles by the time I was done. I don’t like to run. But I like to have ran. I like the feeling of sweat all over my body. I like the … [Read more...] about Running as Therapy
As anyone who has known me any length of time can tell you, I have struggled for years with how to do Facebook. I love Facebook. I also hate Facebook. I love being invited into people’s lives, to see the pictures of their families, to know what they are passionate about, to hear … [Read more...] about Quitting Facebook. Again. Sorta.
This was originally published last year on my old blog. Recently I have began republishing some of the older posts that are no longer online. If you have something of mine you liked and can't find, let me know, and I will republish it here. - HH I have a friend who, as a child, … [Read more...] about Bonds and Betrayal
Content warning: Descriptive narrative of a suicide attempt. Please take care of yourself. Chris Cornell is dead. They are reporting he killed himself. I have a confession: I am not sure I know his music, or his band, or anything about him. I am pretty sure I never heard his … [Read more...] about The Day I Did Not Die
I live in the Southland. I love it here. I was raised in the south – in fact, further south than I live now, in a childhood filled with honeysuckle, sweet tea, fishing, lightning bugs and church potlucks. The earliest memories I have involve table fellowship with other folks, of … [Read more...] about Why I Stay in the South
Every Monday, subscribers to my newsletter get an email with links to at least five things I thought were beautiful. This past week, I sent them these - links to books, CDs and useful things that would make perfect gifts for someone - maybe even yourself. Peter Taylor is a … [Read more...] about Eight Beautiful Things to Give as Gifts
When I moved to Raleigh, I didn’t know a soul here. I didn’t have a job here, I didn’t have new co-workers. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. It was incredibly isolating. So I decided to change that. My goal was simple, but not easy – one conversation with a new person each day, and coffee … [Read more...] about I Miss You