"Origins" Essay

  Last June, a year after the Dobbs decision, Tangled Locks Journal continued to speak out for women's abortion rights. They shared this thoughtful and informative post about the whys and whos of abortion. And they published a series of essays about abortion.  I am pleased to have my essay, " Origins " on that list. (And regretful I didn't post it here sooner.) I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my story and my words.  The choice of when and how to have a child is a fundamental right, and I will continue to fight for this truth. Only when women have complete control over our bodies will we truly be free. 

Little Free Library 2.0

Ten years ago, I opened Little Free Library #4094. Here is my original post about how that library came to be, along with pictures of my family working alongside me to create this little treasure box. Thanks to Jill Swenson, the library became official that year and I wrote this post

In the years since, I have thoroughly enjoyed maintaining the library, cleaning it up, and taking and leaving books. There have been mice families living in it and a wide variety of ant and spider visitors. It has been well used by the neighborhood and many books have passed through its walls. 

But time and weather took its toll and the old particle board couldn't stand up any longer. I knew its days were numbers and made plans to replace the old bookshop.  

I paused some of my other projects and used the recent perfect spring weather to get outside and turn this old CD case into a new LFL.

After reroofing with asphalt and a thick coat of spray paint, I once again engaged my family for a day of renovations and help with the details. 

I had a vision for a cat apartment complex, and the boys did some great work to make it come to life. 

We installed the new library and already it is facilitating connections in the neighborhood. When I went out to take a few more pictures, there was already a man perusing the books while his kid napped in a stroller. We chatted and I learned he lives just down the street and walks by my house all the time. 

These chance meetings, friendly connections are the beauty of the Little Free Library. 

The trees are bigger, the kids are bigger, and so much life has happened in these ten years. But I'll always love my Little Free Library, every version of it.