ABOUT


I am carrie and I am a lover of coffee and books and music and things that are beautiful. but most things, if you look hard enough, are really quite amazing. so I unabashedly overuse the word beautiful. also, amazing. I like to read stories, fiction or otherwise, that remind me that we truly are a world full of "glorious ruin." I am unequivocally in love with the music of joni mitchell and bon iver. but then again, a little gift of gab never hurts. everyday I receive loads of grace I don't deserve and rarely give enough of.

my home is in the mountains of nothern california and the seemingly endless rain of portland, oregon. and yet somehow I have found myself transplanted further and further away. first, to the swamps and mind-numbing traffic of washington, dc. and now, to nashville, tennessee where I work for a very great and humbling cause but still can't quite wrap my head around country music and southern accents. I am trying to get used to stifling heat instead of mountain air. I am trying to get used to changing leaves instead of evergreens. some changes are easier than others, I suppose.

joan didion talks about "the ordinary instant" and how it is not so ordinary. she talks about the details that change everything and the ones that remind us that we are not isolated from one another or from the world and the life on it. these are the details we miss if we don't look carefully enough. these are the insignificant moments that are not so insignificant. the unnoticed gesture of kindness. the unseen movement of character. the afterthought. these are the details I love. the details I thrive on.

so that's what this is about. this little corner I have claimed for my own. the details. the little things that inspire me. the ordinary instants. the "gaping life" that is poised in the casual moments. I will observe. I will notice. and I will share it with you. and I would love it if you wanted to share a bit with me too.