Krista Stevens
I'm a runner, reader, writer, and editor.
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  1. Teaching My Kids to Survive in ‘Merica

    A mom reflects on preparing her 12-year-old sons to fly alone, to grandma’s house in today’s America: “I thought we would at least get to girls before we got to guns. But this has been an extraordinary year, full of violence and bigotry.”

    Family
  2. What Do You Love More?

    Allison K. Williams ruminates on the fear of failing: “Publication or not getting hurt feelings. What do you love more?”

    Inspiration
    Photo by wackystuff
  3. A very good dog

    Lacy reflects on her aging dog, Una: “I know that summer and its fruit, like the life of a good dog, won’t last long. Or at least not nearly long enough.”

    Animals
  4. Only Dreams in Total Darkness

    Meghan McClure offers an apéritif in advance of the release of her book, A Single Throat Opens, a collaborative exploration of addiction: “We want to shake the guilt of truth from us. Embrace it all as misremembered, jumbled dream, some delusional belief.”

    Writing
    Photo by lzh10182003
  5. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas: Summer Champagne Fruit Salad

    Nicole at Paper and Salt on Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein, and the love of food and books: “But when we expand our consumption, we gain a capacity to appreciate difference in the world around us.”

    Authors
  6. On a Tunisian Souk

    As blogger Erin writes, you can only truly get to know a place once you understand “the beauty it hides in small bites and in plain sight.”

    Photo Essay
  7. Summer Yoga Wisdom for Parents

    Nicki on life lessons learned at hot yoga ” . . . look ahead, look beyond, look for something new. Where your eyes go, your body will follow.”

    Family
    Photo by Andrea Ariel
  8. 1970: Kites

    David Deitrick remembers being care-free: “No sputtering four-stroke internal combustion engines — just the thrum of the kite string and slow dance that comes from manipulating the string to gain altitude or change direction.”

    Nostalgia
    Photo by Radoslav Minchev
  9. My Gender Creative Son’s First Pride

    C.J., age 8, on his first Pride parade: “I liked the vibe. I liked all the colors. But, most of all, I liked all of the people. Nobody judges anybody. You can just be who you want to be. There should be Pride every week, because it’s so much fun,” he explained.

    Family
  10. Wisdom from my aging minivan

    Andi reconsiders giving up blogging in an all-too-busy life: “But then I realized that this space provides me with something I don’t realize I need until it’s gone. A place of reflection.”

    Authors
    Photo by Edwin Leon
  11. On “Missing”

    Sara Dorner explores feelings with her four-year-old daughter. “Missing is remembering. How we long is an interpretation of our own worth in this world.”

    Family
  12. True Untrue

    Jim reflects on overcoming addiction: “I had this weird thing where I had to accomplish all kinds of things, make up for the time that was lost to me, out of my control. You know what I mean?”

    Nonfiction
    Photo by David Sawyer
  13. Centuri Aztarac: Finding THE Holy Arcade Grail

    The incredible story of the Centuri Aztarac: imagine finding a rare 80s arcade game languishing in a basement only to discover it was the personal machine of the man who coded the game.

    Culture
  14. Maybe We Can Make a Circle

    Nicole Piasecki comes full circle: “I always imagined that someday I would write you a letter, that someday you would hold it in your hands. That someday I would have the answers to all of the questions I never had the courage to ask.”

    Essay
  15. Arabesque No. 1

    Prose poetry by Lillian Kwok: “At the lake we begin like birds, sitting on the water cross-legged. Until our hearts grow bolder and we walk on water.”

    Poetry
    Photo by Stephen Lightfoot