A Mixed Bag: Words for Paying Attention

Holly Stallcup
A few words each week. Stories, poetry, essays. Grief, delight, the mundane.
Created 14 Jun 2021
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  • On Sobbing
    20 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Things I sobbed about this week (an abbreviated list): Elizabeth Warren not being president my Christmas tree falling over half a dozen times, several times on top of me not having a husband to proper...
  • A Christmas Liturgy
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    God Near to Us Father who asks for hope Son who is hope Spirit who hopes for us We hold tight to you thank you Mother who holds us Brother who knows how hard hope is Sweet Spirit who sits beside us We...
  • Selling Paint
    15 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Years ago, someone I loved left a job where they were doing what they loved and were gifted to do. They left to sell paint. “Selling paint” has become shorthand in my life for someone I love doing som...
  • Writing About Not Writing
    08 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Beloveds, I took a break from regular writing this past week, but rhythms are such a comfort to me that I wanted to pop into this space like I do each Monday. I am delighted that you have found a plac...
  • When Church Isn't Magical
    01 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I’ve returned to this question the last few months: What do I need church to be? To examine the idea that church could possibly be about us, our needs and wants, in addition to being about God is an e...
  • Lunch Bench
    25 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    There’s a bench near The Met where, when the weather allows, I have my lunch most Tuesdays. The dark green paint is chipped on the swirly metal arms, worn down and faded on the seat—a project so far d...
  • Wonderfully Normal
    18 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    A few weeks ago I took one of my best friends to Montana to celebrate her 30th birthday. Our very first night, in the bathroom of a fancy seafood restaurant, I glanced up to see this magical wallpaper...
  • A Depressing Monday Morning Essay
    11 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 4 1
    I ended last night scooping ice cream. At first I tried to use a big spoon, immediately throwing the first bit of mint chocolate chip I could pry out of the container onto the floor. I reminded myself...
  • Haunted
    04 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    This week’s Mixed Bag is a little darker than usual. If you are already feeling a little (or a lot) down you may want to shelve this one, at least for a little bit. -Holly Black hollow still dark Door...
  • Wanting
    27 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    “Desire” feels like a dirty word to me. Like a middle schooler reading a Cosmo their mom doesn’t know about—thinking about desire in any context feels like it should be hushed and hidden. I’ve been th...
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