A reflection on the value of living in an urban area — in spite of everything.
Category Archives: Words for MN
An Ode To Writing By Fingers
Flinging my hands over this keyboard makes me delightedly happy. So many writers talk about the benefits of writing by hand, but let this be an ode to writing by fingers. It is a pleasure, this sound. Tap-a, tap-a, tap-a, tap-a. The competence I am immediately, generously reminded of. The freedom to end sentences inContinue reading “An Ode To Writing By Fingers”
The Place is in the Details
Before we had kids, my husband and I wrote up a plan for how we’d keep our relationship strong after they came along. I am a recovering perfectionist, so I do mean this literally. Our plan was thorough, and it definitely included regular date nights out. These days, we rarely — and I mean rarelyContinue reading “The Place is in the Details”
I started @words.by.emily late in 2018, but this project has still managed to top my list of what I’m grateful for about this past year. It has truly been a blessing to have the space to focus on creating and to receive encouragement from all of you (to the tune of 8.5k likes, at that!).Continue reading “Top 9”
People belong together
People belong together. But we need spaces to do that. It used to be that cities were designed to include a central square for commerce or a single place to #gather for worship. Urban planners call these “third places.” Modern cities don’t work like that. And while I’m glad for the diversity, it’s a bummerContinue reading “People belong together”
Yesterday, I got a text out of the blue from two of my best friends, Christina and Rachel. They were inviting me to brunch. There was no special occasion. I had a daunting to-do list. Plus, I had actually just finished eating my breakfast (consisting of a handful of gingersnap cookies, thankyouverymuch). In other words,Continue reading “No reason”
There’s something about the smell of a bookstore
I got to spend part of #smallbusinesssaturday at one of my favorites, Moon Palace Books.