Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reframing Wonder

Dear ones,

It's be quite a while. And I miss you. So much has transpired in the last few months - graduation, moving back home, settling into a new job, and going on a grand adventure (with many more to come, I hope!).

In the transition, I have also created a new little home for myself on the web. A new space to stretch out in and explore, and I'd love to have you visit me there. I probably won't be writing here anymore.

Join me in Reframing Wonder.

Also, I tweet some things if you're interested: @MissDanaBlack :)

I hope to see you soon! In the meantime, I will check back in here often so I can see how you're all doing.

xo, me

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Stark and Beautiful

God is so rich in His goodness to deny the immediate fulfillment of our requests in order to bestow a more glorious blessing on us than we could’ve ever asked for or imagined.  -Mattye LaSuer

This is a lesson that I have been unwilling to learn lately, but catching it from a new perspective is allowing me to see that this is stark and beautiful truth and I want it in my life. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ink Stains

The misty haze of the day brought out the dull shade of purple that lurked on the inside edge of the rubber. Eli reached down and scratched at the faded marking. It almost disappeared into the worn sneaker sole, but remnants of what had been in the not-so-distant past floated up to greet him as he contemplated the puddle underneath the park bench that his feet dangled in. His reflection danced beneath him, and Eli wondered how his face had managed to become so gaunt, his expression so empty. With a quick jerk, he jabbed his left toe into the offending water and watched his mirrored self distort with an odd surge of – what was it? Joy? No, it was more like sick pleasure: just enough to ease the disturbance he had felt at realizing who he had become since that dark day months ago.

Pulling his left leg up and resting it on his other knee, he remembered the flash of purple and stopped to examine it. Squinting in the poor early morning light, he struggled to make out the letters, pretending that he didn’t know exactly what the message said. Truthfully, he had forgotten that the inscription was there. Because he wore the grey sneakers so often, he failed to notice any distinct attributes about them on a regular basis. But the rain so often brings secrets to light as it washes away the old and gives life to dying things. One by one, Eli deciphered the letters of her name, then a heart, and finally, his own name. It had been doodled there, on the thick rubber that curved to trace the inside of his foot, in the middle of a fit laughter as they lay together on the grass in that same park a summer ago. She was gone now, having walked off with his heart in her hand, and Eli realized that soon the ink would fade in the same way that she had, but that was okay.