The Desperately Ordinary

My sister epitomizes this quote by Desmond Tutu: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Right now, she’s doing her bits of goodness by making soap. You can read about it in Encore Magazine, while enjoying the gorgeous photos taken by Brian Powers. This essay is part of my forthcoming book, Kissing the World Goodbye, a collection of essays, recipes, and more that will be published by Unsolicited Press in March of 2022.

My sister makes numerous appearances throughout the book, so if you enjoy this piece, you’ll want to get your hands on Kissing the World Goodbye. Until then, I’ll leave you with a collage of some of my sister’s work and photo of her cutting pumpkin soap.

Keep scrubbing those hands with soap!

Are you ready? Heaven is almost here.

A Beginner’s Guide to Heaven descends to earthly bookstores this June. Unsolicited Press, a small and amazing press based out of Portland, Oregon, has been shepherding the book.

A Beginner’s Guide to Heaven is not so much concerned with moving earth towards heaven, as it is with yanking heaven to earth. Even amidst our haste, failures, distractions, and worries, it’s all within reach. The poems invite us to see the mystery in the every day, and revel in the wonders of such things as moths, dandelions, dogs, and beer. 

These poems serve as a gateway to the inner journey. They remind us we are one holy family cut from the same cloth, spiritual explorers of this beautiful, broken world. This collection urges us to pay attention and get to work, “while we still have time to build.”  

If you live in Michigan (or you enjoy driving across the country), stop by Texas Corners Brewing Company on Monday, June 10th from 4:30-6 p.m. and celebrate the book launch with us! I can’t think of a better place to celebrate the arrival of A Beginner’s Guide to Heaven than at Texas Corners Brewing Company, a former church turned farm-to-table restaurant that serves up some heavenly (and devilish) craft beers and ciders. Books will be available for purchase from Michigan News Agency.

Whether you think you’re ready or not, heaven is ready for you.

Texas Corners Brewing Company