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The Blog is Back! 5 Survival Skills For This Winter

The Blog is Back! 5 Survival Skills For This Winter

Dear World, It has been too long! I don't know why I stopped writing. I think for the last few months I have been processing all of this and trying to make sense of it all. My conclusion is that it doesn't quite make sense. As a melancholic I often struggle with...

Suffering and Beauty: The Story Behind My New Music

Suffering and Beauty: The Story Behind My New Music

Dear World,  Dad had a business trip in North Carolina this week, so we took his perfectly clean CRV (as opposed to my less than perfectly clean CRV) and drove down to Burlington together to record the last four songs of my new album. I always feel fifteen when I...

The Trouble with Making Plans

The Trouble with Making Plans

Dear World, Plans. I write down in dark, black ink plans over a bright, pink planner to map out my week like its my own. The true thing is that life often comes and wrecks our perfectly laid out plans. Our stories often twist and turn in directions we hoped we never...

I miss tea by the fire

I miss tea by the fire

Dear World,  I have always loved an adventure story. Books like The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and even the well known fairytales invoke in us a sense of adventure. These stories inspire us with the courage to...

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Dear World,  Last night I was looking up at the sky thinking and dreaming with only the company of two or three stars and an airplane (thanks Nashville light pollution), and I was just overwhelmed with gratitude and hope.  This fall and winter were easily...

DONT BE AFRAID OF THE FOREST

DONT BE AFRAID OF THE FOREST

Dear World, Fairy tales often involve forests. In these thick, dark places it is easy to lose heart, easy to lose hope, easy to forget your way. Life often involves forests too. There are times in life when self-doubt, fear, grief, confusion seem to hover over us like...

What I learned from Kevin Bacon reading the bible

What I learned from Kevin Bacon reading the bible

Dear World, There I was flipping through the channels in a Renaissance hotel in Newark, NJ bracing myself for a little sleep, an early morning, and a long day of travel afterwards. Suddenly my heart stops as my thumb clicks to CMT. Kevin Bacon is playing Ren McCormack...

It’s Good To Have a Taste for Traveling Alone

It’s Good To Have a Taste for Traveling Alone

Dear World, For the first time in fifteen years I am officially an independent artist. My record label and I parted ways this summer on perfectly peaceful terms. The employees in that building watched me grow up (literally), and I will be forever grateful for the...

You are my sky full of light: a melancholic’s take on fireworks

You are my sky full of light: a melancholic’s take on fireworks

Dear World, I think my favorite thing in life are fireworks. They remind us to look upward and to live life in full, bright colors. Aren’t you just filled with hope when you see the whole sky sparkle? Pope John Paul 2 said that beauty reminds us to, “Savor life and...

When You Feel Like Your Winter Is Lasting Forever

When You Feel Like Your Winter Is Lasting Forever

Dear World, Spring is a season of renewal, rebirth, remaking. Easter invites us to believe that things can be made new, that the end of the story is a good one, that our story is a good one. This winter has been a LONG one with snow still on the forecast…..grrreat. I...

Uganda Here I Come!

Uganda Here I Come!

Dear World, Thanksgiving Weekend I Facetimed with a young woman named Clare Byrne who founded a nonprofit in Uganda for children with disabilities called Imprint Hope. I had been following her on social media and was super impressed and interested in her story. After...

I love you more than Christmas Snow

I love you more than Christmas Snow

Dear World, How do I describe how much I love singing on stage? Its strange to me to love something so much. Time suspends itself and melodies fill the air like perfume. I can almost see the music sparkle like soft twinkle lights in the dimly lit theatre. Its all...

While You Wait: Advent and Alice in Wonderland

While You Wait: Advent and Alice in Wonderland

Dear World, Advent comes from the Latin word adventum which means coming. This coming is a promise that there is an end to the waiting that a great gift is coming, but sometimes we don't see much end in sight. Life can feel like one big waiting room. We wait for...

The 5 Lessons I Learned From Wonder Woman

The 5 Lessons I Learned From Wonder Woman

Dear World, So I missed Wonder Woman in theatres, so I decided to download it on my way home from my show with Five for Fighting in Portland, OR. I could tell from the first few minutes that this movie was going to be a new favorite of mine. This is coming from the...

Life can be lovely: The last week in Europe

Life can be lovely: The last week in Europe

Dear World, Here is the third and last chapter of my European Adventure! It was such a gift to see so many new places, but it was really the new friends that made the trip so incredibly special. To our new Danish, German, and Hungarian friends, we miss you already!...

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