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 […]

14 August

Losing Control?

Losing Control?

One thing that is certain about 2020 is the uncertainty. Another thing that seems to be certain is that every person and every family has been impacted differently. Some businesses are thriving while others are decimated. Some families are closer than ever before while others are trying not to crumble under so much stress. A […]

7 August

A Letter to Memphis

A Letter to Memphis

Memphis. We’ve been gone for two years. Thanks to the wonder of voice memo, I’m “writing” this as I drive back to the 901. Let’s just call this blog verbal processing! How can you miss a city? Who is “Memphis”? Memphis is every person I’ve interacted with during the 29 years I’ve called Memphis home. […]

31 July

Eggs and Ears

Eggs and Ears

It was an early morning call. “I hard boiled two eggs last night but left them on the counter. Are they still OK to eat?” My quick reply reassured my daughter it was probably just fine, but she was hesitant and asked me to Google it. Low and behold, hard-boiled eggs are not recommended for […]