I’m a transplant from Pennsylvania, though you might not know it when you taste my homemade pimento cheese. A painter, Sunday school teacher, lover of liturgy, and published poet, I’m equally at home in a community garden or a greasy spoon restaurant, drinking a Diet Coke or sipping on home-roasted (albeit lukewarm) coffee, listening to Taize prayer chants or country music on the radio.
I graduated from Houghton College in western New York, with majors in sociology and English and digging my car out of the snow, and spent four years in Texas before planting my roots in central Kentucky. I earned an MA at the University of Kentucky while growing a garden and a family.
I’m the wife of a college professor and administrator, which means I think college students are rad, even if they do tease me for loving Survivor, putting fair-trade chocolate in everything I bake, and saying things like “rad.”
We’re raising our daughters—a preschooler and a toddler—to call Kentucky “home” and to love words as much as we do.
You can find me trying to find a little bit of grace in the mundane chaos that is raising small children on Instagram @thissacramentallife. If you’re interested in naming some sacraments yourself, be sure to connect with me in that space. Instagram is by far my favorite way of keeping up with beauty and grace.
My book of letters to my daughters–the first fifty!–is available on Amazon here.
And I opened an Etsy shop this year to sell my art, everything from from hand-painted postcards to 9 x 12 digital prints for download. Both the book and the shop are called This Sacramental Life: clearly I have a thing.
When I’m writing on my own time and my own dime, my subjects tend to revolve around faith and social justice, family and work, community and conviction. Hire me to write for you and, well, I’ll write about whatever you want. I’ve interviewed chemists and independent singer-songwriters, published sermons and book reviews, composed poetry and liturgy on commission, written about human trafficking and community gardens.
I’m glad you’ve found me. Please visit the pages about my Writing or Poetry to peruse my professional side or hop over to Liturgy to find out about my interest in creative worship. The blog Letters to My Daughters reflects what’s been on my mind recently–I can’t get away from the sense in which everything I write is a letter to my daughters. I try to post new letters on Fridays.
You can also fill out the form below to contact me directly, ask questions, or hire me for a writing project.