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Grace in Small Things No. 560

I'm sitting on the couch trying to work despite this brand new cold I contracted, and I'm feeling hopeless about the weather, so it's time for a gratitude list, stat.

  1. It's technically spring, even if it doesn't look like it yet, so it's going to happen. I'm keeping the faith.
  2. Sipping hot tea under my comforter is just so comforting.
  3. I am still amazed that I live in a reality where I can call someone up on the phone, tell them to make me food, and then another person will drive it to my house. It's incredible that I can do this when I'm too sniffly to grocery shop.
  4.  Nutella smeared on bananas is a delicious breakfast, according to my sweet tooth.
  5. I like hearing the clack clack clack of the radiators on a cold morning.

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The Papier-Mâché Buddha: A Meditation on Love, Creation, and Shame

The Papier-Mâché Buddha: A Meditation on Love, Creation, and Shame

There was this weird time in my late teens I don’t think I’ve ever written about.

Over the course of a couple of weeks, I stole some found chicken wire, piles of old newspapers, flour and a large mixing bowl, and I crawled up into the garage rafters for some of my dad’s old hockey sticks and a saw. I hid all of it in the back of my deep closet and only took them out at night so I could measure them against each other and decide what to make. I knew that I wanted to build a large papier-mâché sculpture, but its exact form wasn't clear to me yet. The why of it, and its covertness, eluded me, too.