If all the women (and men) who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me too.” as a Facebook status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. It’s 2 years exactly since I posted a series on sexual abuse on my blog. (Oct 6-Oct 29, 2015). In that case, I… Read More »

Why You’re Not Pursuing Your Dream

I was distracted by a thin envelope tucked inside one of my journals. The return address was Evelyn @ age 11. It was addressed to Evelyn @ 18. I opened it. One of the first questions my 11-year-old self asked was, “Have you become an author?” Read more »


I have never felt this much like a goldfish. I’m constantly on edge, waiting for something to interrupt me, and if nothing does, then I interrupt myself. Gotta check email. Gotta check Facebook. Gotta check Twitter (I barely use Twitter, but I better check it just in case). Gotta look at pictures on Instagram. Gotta… Read More »

Unfiltered Thoughts on Life

“It’s super easy to just sit and write forever about nothing.” ~excerpt from one of my draft blog posts There is therapeutic value to me in stream-of-consciousness writing, just to get my jumbled thoughts down on paper and then look at them. Then I can see what’s going through my head and make changes or… Read More »


There is a couple kissing on stools next to me. On the far side of the coffee shop, I see a girl with tortoise shell rimmed glasses. I have seen a lot of that style lately. At the table directly in my line of sight, two women are sharing a pecan-topped sticky bun. I saw… Read More »

Upcoming Trip to Cameroon

I’m headed to Cameroon for a vacation next month. First time ever on the large continent of Africa. My friend is serving in the Peace Corps there; I promised her two years ago before she left that I would come visit. Now her time there is coming to a close and my time is running… Read More »

Contradictions From Message to Money

Sometimes it’s hard to give a summary of an experience you had, because you haven’t yet figured out the most important part. Sometimes that stops you from talking about it altogether. I’ve decided this isn’t going to be one of those times. I just returned from a conference called, “Message to Money LIVE.” I went… Read More »


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30/30 January Painting | “Mail”

Day 30, 30 paintings in 30 days. I did it! I painted 30 paintings in 30 days! I want to be ecstatic. But first I’m weary. I’ll have to celebrate my accomplishment tomorrow. (Is this what they mean by “delayed gratification?”) I’m also a little frustrated, because I wanted to really like my painting for… Read More »

29/30 January Painting | “Sealed”

Day 29, 30 paintings in 30 days. I’ve realized I like painting old things that have gone out of style. Old musty books. Quill pens. Typewriters. Card Catalogs. Even pencil sharpeners and paper dictionaries are becoming old-fashioned, and I painted them, too! So keeping with the “old writing” theme, I’ve done a parchment envelope sealed… Read More »

25-28 /30 January Paintings | “Message in a Bottle”

Paintings 25-28, 30 paintings in 30 days. I really wanted to catch up on my paintings, so I can legitimately say that I completed 30 paintings in 30 days by the end of this challenge. So I did a tetraptych today—4 paintings that become one larger painting. It’s been hard to decide what I want… Read More »

25/30 January Painting | “Book Stacks”

Day 25, 30 paintings in 30 days. Whew! Why did I decide this was a good idea?? A two-day painting. So saying this is painting #25 is misleading, although I would love to count them as 2… For the purpose of keeping the number the same as the date, I’m going to go with it.… Read More »