20 November

Oldies aren’t always goodies

Oldies aren’t always goodies

Well, it’s been a bit, my friends! The last two weeks were an absolute bust in the blog department. Some of it was my schedule, travel, and pace stuff. Some of it was “stuck” stuff. My life felt like a clogged artery. Restricted blood flow. Walking through the motions quasi-aware that I wasn’t fully present. […]

30 October

When your family doesn’t see eye to eye

When your family doesn’t see eye to eye

Last week, I talked about the idea that we need to “embrace the ‘and’” in the context of our culture. We need to learn from each other, value others’ perspectives, and be willing to consider that two seemingly different truths can be true at the same time. My perspective can have value and someone else’s […]

23 October

Embracing the “and”

Embracing the “and”

My family jokes that I’m “noise sensitive.” They may be right. I appreciate music and I’d actually benefit if I listened to more… but (as I mentioned in my post a couple of weeks ago) when it comes to noise in general, loud is not usually my friend. Unfortunately, loud has become synonymous with our […]

16 October

Two Stories

Two Stories

After more than two years of living where we didn’t know many people, we’ve been blessed to make up for lost time, catching up with friends over coffee and meals since returning to Memphis. As people have been asking how things are going, I’ve realized there are two very different stories in my mind. Story […]

9 October

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

I like to work in silence. Four white walls with no noise is my preference. The Google and Silicon Valley models of wide-open workspaces and community offices give me the shivers and amounts to unproductive in my book. I like silence so much that I’ll work in my car for hours at a time. Chris, […]

2 October

How do we make the sunshine last?

How do we make the sunshine last?

It’s hard to beat a beautiful day. Sunshine makes everything better. I’m not sure if it’s the vitamin D, the fact that the humidity in the Mid-South has dropped below 100%, or simply the cooler temps… but life seems lighter with nice weather. As I started to think, “I wish every day were like this,” […]

25 September

A Beautiful Thing

A Beautiful Thing

Well, 2020 has been the pits. Although we’ve learned things and slowed down this year, I haven’t met a single person who hopes the last three months of 2020 linger. 2021, here we come! May it be COVID- and mask-free and full of hugs, healing, and harmony. Until then, we live in a place where […]

18 September

Falling behind?

Falling behind?

Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Anyone remember Monopoly? I think the updated version adjusted for inflation and added credit cards, but you get the point. And maybe – if you’re anything like me ­– you sometimes feel like you take one step forward only for it to be followed by two steps […]

4 September

Moving On Up

Moving On Up

When you consider the four Conlees, we’ve collectively notched up nine moves since March. COVID, fellowships, internships, regular relocating, and did I mention COVID(?!!), have made it a beast. Our son accomplished four of those moves on his own (#momguilt), but the other five involved me. Last week, as I helped Annika complete her fourth […]

21 August

Pay at the Pump

Pay at the Pump

Pay at the pump. A feature we’ve all grown accustomed to over time. Earlier this week, I hurriedly stopped to fill up with gas. I hopped out and swiped my card, hoping the pump was a good one. (Isn’t it frustrating when the pumps feel like they’re using an eyedropper to fill your tank?!) Things […]