Essays

I’ve written a number of essays on topics ranging from bicycling to flying to parenting to growing up in a car-loving family. In January of 2015, I started writing essays on faith for my church’s newsletter, The Bethel Banner.

Buttercups

“At a Hippo Campus concert, I was reminded that buttercups make my daughter feel strong.”
“Buttercups” published as “The Song ‘Buttercup’ By Hippo Campus Saved My Teen and I’m Grateful” on Grown and Flown, December 18, 2018

Wherever I Go...Christikon and Beyond


“‘It will all work out,’ I told myself. But as our departure neared, I really wondered what I had signed myself up for.”

Published in The Bethel Banner, September  2017.

Let Your Light Shine

“As January rolls around and the New Year begins, I don’t exactly know exactly what Letting My Light Shine will look like for me.”

Published in The Bethel Banner, January 2016.

The Gift of Christmas Time

“…Christmastime loomed ahead of me not as a wonderful holiday but as an event that threatened to toss me over the edge.”

Published in The Bethel Banner, December 2015 and Chicken Soup – The Joy of Christmas

Grace is There for Me

“…I wrote “grace” off as yet another thing I wasn’t going to understand about Christianity, about being Lutheran.”

Published in The Bethel Banner, June 2015.

Leaning on Jesus

“Things have been tough … but that image of God just being there for me to lean on has been a comfort time and time again.”

Published in The Bethel Banner, April 2015.

Moving in the Right Direction

“Back when I was a teenager, I thought I had a pretty good handle on what it meant to be a Christian … But as an adult, I really don’t know what to think anymore.”

Published in The Bethel Banner, January 2015.

The Solid Place

“Life experiences and disappointing situations with people, even family members, made me doubt everything I thought I knew about God.”

Published in The Bethel Banner, February 2015.

Rosie's Salon

One day, my three-year-old daughter, Rosie, gave me an unexpected gift.

Published in Womeninc. July 2009 and the book, Chicken Soup for the Mothers of Preschooler’s Soul.

Sammy the Snake

Sammy the Snake is an essay about remembering Grandma, one stitch at a time.

Published in Minnesota Moments, July/August 2008 and Womeninc., October 2010

Brake Stands

Brake Stands is a story about burning rubber — and talking to Dad.

Published in the book, Minnesota Memories 6. Also published in in Womeninc. August 2009 and the September 2008 issue of “The Tattler”, the newsletter of the Minnesota MG T Register car club.

Finding My Wings

A story about learning to fly, facing challenges and a person who helped me find my wings.

Read at Risking, a Northfield Arts Guild Writers’ Night, February 2006.

Published in Minnesota Flyer, September 2006.