Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

Butcher Shop

Picture it. The Nile River serenely floats through the middle of Cairo. Sitting in the middle of the Nile is an island called Zamalek. It is the home of small embassies, short lanes with four-story buildings and many small restaurants—including the best schwarma stand ever. Along with the gelato shop and an amazing Italian joint, …

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The other day my sister, mother and I were putting a puzzle together. Yes, a jigsaw puzzle. As all three of us are goal-driven, Type A personalities, puzzles are something we all enjoy because, in the end, you can see that you’ve completed something. That’s a topic for another time though. While we were working …

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Cringing when I entered my password for this blog, I knew the date of my last post would be staring at me from the screen. Guilt, predictably, was the emotion I felt. Three months. Three. Somewhere in the middle of February I lost focus…or steam…or ability to manage my time. Whatever the problem, I went …

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day–a day celebrating all things love–I have discovered a musical group that is all about the dark issues surrounding love. Daughter. I love their raw lyrics. I love the way they tie the lyrics to the music. The lead singer’s voice is at times like Florence + the Machine and …

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This quote made its way around work the other day. It now hangs on the wall where I can read it everyday. It is a beautiful image, the bright shining thing in each of us. Do all the other things, the ambitious things–travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose …

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One of my new favorite listens! This is a studio video of “Oblivion” by Bastille. I think I may like this version even more than the one on his record “Bad Blood.” When you fall asleep with your head upon my shoulder. When you’re in my arms but you’ve gone somewhere deeper. Are you going …

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Emily Dickinson

It’s January 30. This has been a difficult winter. I know I’m not the only one out there who is ready for Old Man Winter to head back home. I’m not sure if it was the two inches of unexpected snow I woke up to the other morning, the howling Oklahoma wind or the forecasted …

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Road Construction

Used with permission from Indiana Public Media.

The road to success is always under construction.”

–Lily Tomlin

January 17, 2014

Anne Lamott“Try not to feel sorry for yourselves when you find the going hard and lonely. You seem to want to write, so write. You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, willing to create a place where your imagination can wander.”

Anne Lamott

**This will be my motto through the coming months of NaNoWriMo. Here is to shitty first drafts!

September 27, 2013

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