This is real, and also mine.

Can't wait for the premiere on Thursday night!


SB '11

T-minus four days until I leave for Colorado! I'm going to squeeze those cousinbabies of mine so hard, their heads pop off like dandelions. I'm still trying to decide what clothes to pack, what books to bring, how many shoes are actually necessary, etc. Lindsey's going to drive us down to the airport in her Geo Tracker, which will be a fun start to our vacation. BEST WEEK EVER.


I Needed This Today


The only psalm I had memorized was the 23rd
and now I find myself searching for the order
of the phrases knowing it ends with surely
goodness and mercy will follow me
all the days of my life and I will dwell
in the house of the Lord forever only I remember
seeing a new translation from the original Hebrew
and forever wasn't forever but a long time
which is different from forever although
even a long time today would be
good enough for me even a minute entering
the House would be good enough for me,
even a hand on the door or dropping today's
newspaper on the stoop or looking in the windows
that are reflecting this morning's clouds in first light.

-Stuart Kestenbaum


I'm Okay 'Cause You're Okay

Today, I looked at pictures of you from before we loved each other. Your face was younger then, but your eyes are softer now. I’d like to think I did that.



Tonight I visited my best friend at her parents' house, because she and her husband are home for the holidays. We lay in her bed where we used to spend nights eating raw potatoes and Kraft singles under blankets in the dark, whispering made-up stories and little girl wishes to each other. But tonight there was her chubby bubbling four-month-old boy between us; instead of eating we were holding tiny fingers and toes, and instead of telling stories we were whispering beauty and love into small deserving ears.






Chick Litz

There are some good things happening, and I'm so excited to be a part of it all. Some friends and I are starting a blog stemming from a chapbook we're all doing together. Our name: Chick Litz. Check out our blog and get excited. Each of us have a day of the week, so there will be new content every night for you to read and love. My day is Friday.

I'm so happy to be involved in all of this and surrounded by all the talent these girls possess. I know this will be a bonding experience for all of us that will help us grow as people and as writers. Most of all, it will be awesome for you as a reader, because man oh man can these girls write. They tame words like wild horses, while still understanding that their beauty lies in freedom. Also, they make hilarious jokes that will make you laugh so hard you spit out your coke. This is going to be good.