March 9, 2020

I listened to an On Being (Krista Tippett) interview with Sandra Cisneros today before I even knew it was International Women's Day. Cisneros is one of my favorite writers. She wrote my #1 all time favorite short story ever, "Eleven" (from Woman Hollering Creek) and on...

September 14, 2019

 I took my son to Red Robin for lunch recently. A former student once referred to places like these as “breeder feeders”. Fisher and I sat in a crowded dining room surrounded by families with babies, at least one crying. We heard the “Happy Birthday” song three times....

July 1, 2019

I have a fundamental problem with Time. The breakdown is showing up everywhere, including the new record.

A small, independent artist who foots her own bill for studio time, stretches the recording process across paychecks. Time moves. Life changes. When the songs are f...

May 17, 2018

Today is my birthday. I’m 44, which is pretty exciting. It’s divisible by 11 which only happens once every… well…11 years. Turning 44 is like being Halley’s Comet (if Halley’s Comet came every 11 years.)

(It comes every 75.).

(Turning 44 is nothing like Halley's Comet.)

M...

December 2, 2017

Apparently, yesterday was the 1-year anniversary of the release of Queen of Everything. I did not remember this – not until logging into Facebook this morning and seeing a memory telling me so.

Photo by Melissa Stukenholtz @ Gorman House Photography, Jamaica, IA 

I didn’...

August 20, 2017

I went to Iceland, and now I’m back: Seven days.

My time was short yet more than enough to fall in love with the whole country (including the parts of it I didn’t see) and everybody in it (including the ones I didn’t meet). Sometimes you wonder if it’s the timing of a t...

February 28, 2017

I received a belated Christmas card from an old high school friend today. In it, she called me Petey. Let me tell you about this girl named Pete (or Petey).

My family moved around a bit. I was born in Missouri. Just before I started kindergarten, we moved to Clemmons, N...

November 26, 2016

Inherent issue with being your own boss, product, brick & mortar, marketing team, financial advisor, and clean-up crew: My expertise doesn't run that size. I had grand visions of how I was going to release and what I was going to release, but here are the facts as I kn...

February 12, 2016

 

See this here? This is what's happening. I'm recording again. #2. 

 

It's been two years since #1. I've gone through a life lobotomy since then: Endings, beginnings, complications. If I were to title this record thematically, it would be something like, "Chucking It." O...

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