Be Still and Know Yoga Class Sequence

Be Still

Be Still and Know: A Restorative Yoga Class Sequence + Spiritual Practice Back in June, as part of my Yoga Teacher Training, I taught a yoga class that is hosted by area churches called Be Still and Know. Be Still and Know is a restorative yoga class that is both gentle movement and spiritual practice. …

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Vegetarian Pad Thai with Tofu and Vegetables

I’ve been making this Vegetarian Pad Thai for several months now. I use whatever green vegetables I happen to have. Sometimes I add fish or mushrooms. It’s super versatile. This week I made it with broccoli but, snow peas and sugar snap peas work well. It’s a win in our house because everyone will eat …

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Books + Links Loved Lately

Y’all, I’ve been walking in the early mornings and I found a red UK phone booth in a yard in my neighborhood. Right here in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Isn’t that crazy? I painted it as part of trying to stretch my creative muscles in a new way for Candace’s Moment Sketchers project. So fun. I …

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Snapshots of Poland: Gdańsk and Chełmno

The overnight bus left Berlin at around 9pm and arrived in Gdańsk, Poland at 4:45am. It was one of those nights you think will never end. Ben and I pushed against one another on the sticky hot bus, trying to get some sleep. I spent way too much time lamenting my unwillingness to pay for …

Curried Red Lentils (Daal) and Rice

Curried Red Lentils and Rice

Curried Red Lentils (Daal) and Rice When I first moved to a new house in Aberdeen, my friend Claire made these curried red lentils out of what I happened to have in my pantry after we had unpacked it. I watched in amazement as she produced this gorgeous dish for dinner from what I had …

Goddess Dressing, Recipe for Annie's

Links Loved Lately

2 favorite salad dressings, 4 favorite essays, 2 books and 1 song. Happy Friday friends. I’ve made several jars of my two favorite salad dressings (Goddess and Ginger) so I’ve been eating salads for days. Ben: Let me guess what’s for dinner? Salad again?  It’s been a minute since I did any kind of life …

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A Walk in the Black Forest

A Walk in the Black Forest in Germany Last summer, we knew our time in Germany was winding down, at least for a while, so we spent our Saturdays finding new trails even though we were perfectly happy to walk the same gorgeous trails around Tübingen over and over again. The boys had gone camping …

MLK50

MLK50

MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop On April 3-4th, I had the great privilege of going with a group from my church to MLK50, a conference in Memphis that happened in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s tragic death. The purpose of the conference was to create an “opportunity for Christians …

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Snapshots of Potsdam: Day Trip from Berlin

Potsdam, Germany is a fun and easy day trip from Berlin. Potsdam is a thirty minute drive from where we were staying in Berlin and boasts a garden that seems like a smaller and much less crowded version of Versailles. (Also it is free to visit!) So we decided to spend a day there. We …

Snapshots of Berlin Street Art

Snapshots of Berlin, Germany

Snapshots of Berlin, Germany From the moment we moved to Germany, Ben told us he wanted to go to Berlin. Every time we took a short trip, he would ask when we were going to Berlin. So as our year in Germany was winding down, we decided we needed to make it happen. We rented …

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Five Favorites of 2017

I’m quickly sharing a few of my favorites of 2017 before I’m so far into 2018 that I forget about them. These are some of the books, movies, songs and places that widened my heart in 2017. My Five Favorite Books I read in 2017 The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom White Awake by Daniel …

Letters from Alison

An Open Letter to Jemar Tisby

Dear Mr. Tisby, After the election, I was reading the news, lamenting on Twitter, and trying to listen to the voices that I felt were most marginalized by the comments our newly elected president had made on his campaign trail. Listen and lament. Listen and lament. But after about a week, I was drowning in a …

German Apple Pancake

German Apple Pancake

Since we have moved back to Arkansas, we don’t seem to have as much time for breakfast. The boys are running off to school during the week and to activities on the weekends. There is just so much happening! But Taido still tries to fix a fun breakfast on Sunday mornings while he is home …

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Snapshots of Bavaria, Germany

Last spring we went camping for a weekend in Bavaria, Germany. From the moment we told folks we were moving to Germany, people told us we had to go and visit Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein). It was raining when we stopped there on our way to our camping spot, but that was ok, because …

Germany in the Fall, Deutschland in Autumn, Tübingen

Snapshots of Germany in the Fall

Walking through Autumn in Southern Germany (Baden-Württemberg) Y’all, the autumn was so beautiful in the little town we lived in last year. In the morning, you would walk to town and the hills would have a Scotland-like mist over them, but the afternoons were usually gorgeous blue skies and incredible color. I walked in the …

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A Walk Home

​ It’s been a little over six weeks since we boarded a plane in Switzerland to come back to the US. Back home. Taido is teaching for the fall at Lyon College, a small liberal arts school that is about ninety minutes up the road from where I spent most of my childhood. It’s a …

Snapshots of Rome

Snapshots of Rome

ROME ITALY The face I’m making in this picture could be summed up like this: OH MY GOSH I’M IN ROME AND THERE ARE A MILLION PEOPLE EVERYWHERE AND I WANT TO GO BACK TO TUSCANY BUT ACTUALLY IT’S REALLY BEAUTIFUL HERE BUT I’M EXPERIENCING SENSORY OVERLOAD SO…GELATO IS THE ANSWER FOR EVERYTHING! I am …

Snapshots of Tuscany

Snapshots of Tuscany, Italy

On our first day in Tuscany, my sister drove and I navigated. Between giving her the next directions (3 more kilometers on this road and then turn left) and catching up on stories about our kids, we were gasping at the scenery. Anna, look!  Vineyards and towers on hills and cypress trees and red poppies …