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On Celebrating Progress

  A couple weeks ago, I surveyed the backyard, notepad in hand. I had written a list of 27 things that needed to get done in and outside the house, and I was adding more. THERE’S SO MUCH WE HAVEN’T DONE. I felt myself getting angry. I have this vision of how I want our…
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"I Need You To Believe Me"

I had to apologize for something this weekend, and I HATE apologizing. Probably not much more than you do, but maybe a tiny bit more. I really, really enjoy being right. Getting to say the words “I told you so” (or even more satisfying, implying the words with tone and a sigh) fill my heart with…
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Dear Artists, Today is Not the Day to Quit

A little more than two years ago, I began writing my first book. It started with a single Word doc titled “Book” that I’d type notes in on the weekends. I’ve wanted to write books since I was old enough to staple lined paper together. I’d fill those pages with stories about my stuffed cow…
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Drinking Culture and Alcoholism

A photo posted by @cargelly on Nov 14, 2014 at 5:55pm PST I’ve been thinking about booze lately. I love wine. I’m not a wine expert and I don’t have expensive taste. But I love the way a full-bodied Cabernet dries the roof of my mouth and warms my throat going down. I love supporting…
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Drinking Culture and Alcoholism

A photo posted by @cargelly on Nov 14, 2014 at 5:55pm PST I’ve been thinking about booze lately. I love wine. I’m not a wine expert and I don’t have expensive taste. But I love the way a full-bodied Cabernet dries the roof of my mouth and warms my throat going down. I love supporting…
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Surrender in the Garden

I’ve been gardening nonstop this spring, for reasons that are both known and unknown to me. I come to the garden as a student, and while I can’t entirely say why I’m there, I know it’s where I need to be. I am not educated in horticulture, but I come to the garden with lust…
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Vulnerability Vs. Over-sharing

I’ve learned the difference between vulnerability and over-sharing the hard way. I look back at my college years and shudder. My memory of those first few years in college were an over-sharing fest. Put a bunch of sheltered, horny Christians trying to navigate their first steps in adulthood in close-quartered dorms and mandatory weekly “spiritual…
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Ordinary Tuesdays

My life is very ordinary, and it’s at its most ordinary on Tuesdays. This morning, I woke Georgie up and got her out of her butterfly footie pajamas and out of her Mickey Mouse diaper and into a fresh Elmo diaper. She wanted to wear a skirt to play-care, I think because she finds skirts…
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I am NOT enough.

Last post, I talked about escaping a performance-based life. It was raw and honest, written from my heart. I appreciated your feedback. I suspected I wasn’t the only one. I want to explore this more with you. Maybe I’m wired for perfection, or maybe it’s the fundamentalist still brewing inside me, but I really don’t…
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You Are Enough

Hello Readers. I have a question for you. I’m sorry if it’s too nosy or intense for you on a Monday morning, but I’ve got to ask it. Where do you find your worth? Last week, I could have answered that question quickly. Too quickly. But then, my friends, something happened that forced me to…
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