• Books & Reading,  Photography

    The Naked Reveal: December’s Book Selection

    I thought it might be fun to come up with a new way to “reveal” my book choices. And what better way than to make it “naked”? So, here you are…my book choice for December – an obvious choice for cuddling up on a cold Sunday when there are dozens of chores to put off in favor of a warm blanket and good read. Oh, how I love Fredrik Backman! And I can’t wait to dig into this one. It promises to be another beautifully revealing study of humanity in all its flawed splendor. Plus…there’s winter…and hockey…what could be more perfect for December? The back of the books says: “It’s…

  • Poetry

    Playing with Words

    This week’s Wicked Wednesday prompt is “playful,” so I decided to try a bit of poetry. I’m rusty, to say the least. But here’s a bit of “playing with words.” Like You What if I (stopped/started) kissing you right beneath your earlobe, in that shadowy place where you forget to shave sometimes? Would you be okay with that? If I (forgot/memorized) the smell of your aftershave? If I let the heat of your skin in my memory (go cold)? Even though you see my eyes (avoiding/tracing) the line of your jaw, you say (nothing/everything). You watch me look (away) and let me sit in silence, mulling over your chin and…

  • Experience

    TMI Tuesday

    1. If married, had you slept with any of your wedding guests not including the person you married? How many of the guests had you slept with? None. I moved to a new town for a job – which is where I met my husband, so most of my friends were new. My old friends were girlfriends…didn’t invite any guys I used to know. 2. Weddings again–Ever gone to a wedding and hooked up with another guest? Nope. 3. Do you get along with your partner’s family? Why or why not? Yes, mostly. His mom and his sister have some pretty major social anxiety, which makes it hard to “socialize”…

  • Experience

    The Separation, Day 1

    I realize that not everyone is going to be interested in reading about my rather unfortunate current marital circumstances. But, for my own sake, writing about what is happening in my life allows me to process and make sense of things. It is how I learn. I share it because I know that it just might help someone else going through something similar. I’m going to term these posts “The Separation, Day ___” in order to warn readers away who might rather not read them and pull in those who would. Anyhow…here I am, on my first night of The Separation. He’s gone. It’s quiet. The house is clean. I…

  • Experience

    Thankful

    Shit’s ugly right now. But, you know, even in the midst of my marriage falling apart, there is still much to be grateful for: 12+ years with my best friend, and though not all the days were good, the ones that were, I’d never trade for a million years…no regrets, right? a gorgeous, intelligent boy we made together, raised together, and will continue to help grow into an amazing young man, no matter what happens between us a cool, clean floor to place my bare feet upon and feel grounded family to support me books to lose myself in yoga to help me find my center and breathe through the…

  • Books & Reading

    Brigit’s Books (Club Update and “In other books…”)

    So, peeps, I’m past expecting anyone to engage with the book club (even though several people said they would). But, I’m going to go ahead and keep up with the book club posts, partly because it gives me a routine post for Thursdays, and also because I’m already reading these books and I like to share. I realize, too, that lots of people read the posts, they just don’t like to comment. And that’s cool, too. Maybe the discussion questions will help you form and run your own “in-person” book club. I’ve decided to go that route, as well. I need the interaction and the community. So, I’ll share the…

  • Blogging & Writing,  Experience

    Two sides of one painfully necessary coin

    I’ve always been a writer. I may not make a dime from anything I write, but writing has been my soul language since the moment I could hold a pencil. I remember reading a collection of autobiographical essays by Janet Campbell Hale called Bloodlines. In the beginning, she recounts believing that she was a writer before she could even form letters. She would simply scribble what she thought looked like words across the paper…for pages and pages…until she felt her soul was spent. And I can relate. For years, I kept a private diary, and I had stacks of journals by the time I went away to college. Of course, given their…

  • Experience

    TMI Tuesday

    It’s been awhile since I participated in TMI Tuesday, but since right now I am trying desperately to re-establish a writing routine, I’m taking pretty much every prompt. Not to say that there is anything wrong with prompts…in fact, when I’m lost, these prompts are my life savers (in a writing sense and sometimes in a very real sense). So here we go: 1. Who in your life do you wish you’d met sooner? No one. I think people come into our lives right when we are ready for them. 2. Who in your life do you wish you’d never met? Why? Again. No one. I think every person, even…

  • Experience

    How to Fall

    I learned to ski when I was very young…in fact, not long after I learned to walk, so I was pretty much already an expert at how to fall. It helped that I was packaged with ample padding and that I was already close to the ground. But, even still, part of learning to ski is learning to fall…properly. The main premise? Don’t brace yourself and become stiff. If you do, you are much more likely to break something. Yesterday, I made a reference to yoga and how I’ve learned to soften into difficult poses…to breathe and find a place where I can deepen and relax. Believe me, it’s not…

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