“Before I went to work we were under the olive tree and
you were doing what you called psych patient smoking
and you said, I don’t want to be Satan but will you join
me and we pulled up our shirts to rub bellies and yours
was so much flatter but filled with garden bread anyway
anyway up went our shirts, solar to solar plexus, and it
was a comforting ritual we daily did and I said, Let’s do
this for the rest of our lives. You said, You look lovely.
It’s hard to remember tender things tenderly.”
- Bough Down, Karen Green
This past week has been a week that I will never forget.
I have not known what to do with myself but write. The only thing I can do now is to stop and reflect and remember.
On Thursday, I received a call that shook my life and left me heartbroken.
The world lost Tom a week ago today.
We lost someone who was full of laughter, who was ready and willing to accept any challenge, and who was kind beyond every expectation. He gave freely and loved others well.
He has long been a bright star in my sky and I am forever grateful to have known him. We first met in New Zealand, traveled parts of Nepal together, and in May, he traveled to NC to see and experience the world I live in here.
The only thing I have been able to take heart in in these hard times is knowing this–
I knowing me today, you know Tom. You know the person who helped shape me into the person I am today.
I have memories and stories that will continue to live and be shared forever. And, they are more precious now than ever.
“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”- Anne Lamott
“The devil works off of idle minds and idle minds are his workshop. So therefore, I try to keep mine idled-up. That’s the reason I have so many hobbies and so many little jobs. It is because I have to stay busy.” – Kelly Wilkins
Back in May, I was involved in a documentary workshop in Eastern, NC.
Over the course of just one week, I worked on this piece and am happy to share it with you now!
In addition to this story, make sure you check out all the other videos on the workshop’s website here.
Lauren + Adam‘s wedding this weekend was entirely them – fun, beautiful, and full of life.
They got married at St. Mark’s Church in Burlington and had a gorgeous, sunny reception at the Hayloft in McLeansville.
I’m in the process of working on their wedding video and will share the final product soon in addition to Lindsey + Jesse’s video from their backyard wedding in Durham last weekend!
This photo was taken on one of the many long walks through Yangon. I found it between two other unrelated images and remember the exact moment in time when I took it. My life these days, although it occasionally involves a long walk, is far different than my life this summer.
I feel that I have already settled in to a routine here.
During the first week back, I was convinced this was going to be the longest few months of my life. Now I’m convinced of the opposite. Days move too fast and I’m already overly committed, involved, and invested.
Weekends are long, fun, and filled with new adventures. These tiny trips have kept me feeling like myself.
This weekend –> a wedding, some car time, and time spent driving motorcycles at the beach!
Certain days from this summer stand out more than others.
My first full day at Inle Lake is certainly one of those memorable days. I hopped on a boat and explored until my eyes were tired and overwhelmed by beauty.
I’m glad places like this exist.