What If?

I believe if two words could capture the word “imagination,” these might come quite close. Whether they are spoken aloud or held as close and silent as a wish, they set a foundation for all the castles and kingdoms of our daydreams and hopes. 1400274_10151922391156023_2119827787_o Our forays into the realm of “what if” are valuable. Writers know this, but creators of all kinds recognize the potential in an empty canvas, an un-frosted cake, a vacant lot, a bolt of fabric, a blank wall, a plot of dirt. Continue reading

Hope and Freefalling


: to cherish a desire with anticipation

 : to desire with expectation of obtainment

 : to expect with confidence

 : trust

Hope is a word we are well familiar with. Too often, it shares the same corner of our linguistic minds as the word “love.” Often used, it often slips into casualness, sweat pants and shortcuts rather than the complex richness and romance we associate with the words found in the above definition. We find ourselves saying things like, “I hope you have a good day” and “I hope the weather will be nice tomorrow,” but if you consider the manner in which this sentiment is imparted, would you say that you’re expecting with confidence that that person’s day will be a good one, or that you’re cherishing a desire for fine weather with the anticipation that it will happen the next day? Continue reading

One Thousand

A Japanese legend holds that if someone folds one thousand cranes, that person will receive one wish.
DSC_0023I’d heard this story before traveling to Japan. A thousand miles from here, at a paper shop in a small town at the base of Mount Fuji called Fujiyoshida, my sister and I found a box containing one thousand little papers to fold into one thousand cranes. We looked at each other and immediately knew that was something we wanted to do. Continue reading