There’s Lightness Here

There’s lightness here.
Between the cracks in the wall,
under the floorboards that creek with the weight of our unknowing.

It’s in the words we choose when we share what matters,
or in the countless ways there are to listen.

There’s lightness here.
Just beyond the rage and the shame…

I remember the early morning brightness, open and ready and anticipatory — alive. Only to lose it all to the new normalcy of my dual role:
mother and second grade home schooler.

I remember the brilliance of our full moon on Wednesday, with her stubbornness to rise above the tree…

This passage of time has thrown most of us for a loop. This is Week 4 of our shelter in place order and, aside from home schooling and the projects I’ve been working on, the calendars are blank, there are no deadlines and it’s easy to lose track of the…

I listened for the oceanic wave of traffic just beyond my Redwood grove today, and there was nothing but quiet. The quiet of no one going anywhere. Reminiscent of nothing I’ve heard before.

And the houses were dark and I wondered if birdsong would be louder this year, with all…

So often, when we think of our Passions, we think of them in terms of outcome; the final product. We gaze at them across long distances; talk about them in if/then sentences.

If I do these things , then I’ll achieve great things. If I generate this social post, then…

There’s only room for one of us in this house, you know…? I mean how do you do it, anyway? With all the answers and information and inspiring stories?

You know my boys adore you…with your perfect timing and propensity for taking direction — “lights off”,resume Spotify”, “what’s the…

Shannon Hughes

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