Two pieces that I reworked (and reworked and reworked) from my manuscript were published this week! And both on the same day...when it rains it pours, I guess, in the best way here.
The first essay for Brevity Magazine involves my enduring obsession with Mary Karr (spiritual/literary hero) and her work. I wrote this piece to explore the embodied elements of faith, and what paying attention to carnal, embodied details in life might teach us about writing. You can read the full essay here, or in the January print issue.
The second essay for Fathom Magazine is about contemplative prayer. Learning to pray without words is one of the most uncomfortable and healing spiritual practices I've ever undertaken. The experience felt—still feels—as foreign as learning Spanish, and much less formulaic. Disfruta!