Author Archives: honestconvogal

Journal to the Soul

                I’d send a thank you card to whomever introduced me to art journaling–if I could remember who it was.  Maybe there isn’t a “somebody who introduced me to art journaling.”  Maybe it was God.  Maybe she knew I needed it.  I’ve been keeping some form of journal…

What is justice?

I look up from the pressed-wood desk and rub my ice-blue eyes. A blue pen lays slantwise across an electric yellow pad. The client exhales, forcing hot breath across the small space between us. “The fair comes to town in the fall,” I say.  The words fall like snow.   “Do you mean there is…

I See You

I see you. I am gazing into your vast dark with my white-blue eyes; You of this viscous space.  You and your hand-made wise.   I fear you’ll shout, “Move along now! There is nothing here to see!” Though you’d be wrong.  You’d be speaking only of the bark on the birch tree;   That…

Confessions of a Book Smuggler

I have a secret.    Actually I have several of them.  One in every haunt.  If it’s a town I frequent—somewhere I lay my head of overly big curls more than once a year, you can bet I have one there.    Let’s see…there’s one at the beach in Atlantic City, North Carolina, one in…

How are the Boys?

“How are the boys?”   It is the question I’m most often asked.  It is a kind question, it demonstrates that the inquirer knows me, knows that I’m a mom, and wants to demonstrate that he or she cares about my kids.  Generally, I obey social convention and say, “fine.”  And on some level that…

Mad Tears: Fighting Insurance for My Health

Today is the first day that I have wanted to cry since I began fighting Blue Cross for coverage of the newly prescribed medication for my autoimmune disease.  Not because of pain.  I’ve done that before.  Just out of frustration.    I didn’t cry.  I was at work and there’s no crying in lawyering.  Especially…

What if we gave up the guilt?

Yesterday we at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleighwere treated to the final lecture in a series of discussions about incarnational theology.  Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, http://marciamountshoop.com/, has beautifully served as our summer theologian in residence for the past month and I am sad to see her go.  Maybe a little more so because she,…