June 15, 2017 Dear Darkened Rose, I know bloviating my stories from traveling may seem unnecessary. The fact that I just used the word bloviating may even be obnoxious. Writing to you about this creates this insecurity—about lacking modesty—that I feel, at the moment, I am able to neglect because I am so contented.… Read More "1.9 – San Francisco or Bust"
September 28, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, I started making this letter the ending of a stage, because I have felt stuck here. I have been anxious with my voice in the letters thus far. These letters have grown no further than the thoughtlessness conceit of my day-to-day stories. The majority of the time I have been… Read More "1.8 – Hummmdrum Homes"
August 25, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, Today marked the two year anniversary of one of the top ten most memorable days of my life. It was the day Bae Rose Gauthier adorned the world with her tiny body. I can't wait to get home and squeeze her. "One touch of nature makes the whole world… Read More "1.7 – One Touch of Nature"
July 12, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, Unfortunately, my crew JUST finished up our time in Wimberley yesterday. For many weeks, I was directing the Volunteer Reception Center for flood relief. The city was charming initially, but after making countless phone calls to demanding homeowners, dealing with confused volunteers, and being placed in a building with… Read More "1.6 – Disaster Relief"
May 3, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, Last month, I took care of loads of busy (somewhat meaningless) achievements. My awareness has grown a bit acuter because of them. I am discovering renewed routes to challenges that I have either neglected or denied in the past. I was a quitter. Lack of foundation molds a perfect… Read More "1.5 – Evolve"
March 30, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, This month has felt overwhelmingly busy, yet again. I spent some time adventuring with a few of my most valued friends. I managed to participate in SXSW events with various groups of people, and soak up some free time with Jane, the babies, and Daddy. I did FEMA trainings,… Read More "1.4 – Keep Good Company"
February 27, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose! I just wrote it down at work 2/27/2015--the 50th anniversary of your birth/your half century celebration of womb emigration! I partially planned, and only slightly procrastinated, to get this letter ready for your birthday. Happy Birthday, WOMAN! Momma! Momma! Momma! Great things are happening next month. I have felt… Read More "1.3 – Half-Century and Valentine Celebration Collaboration"
January 20, 2015 Dear Darkened Rose, Holidays drive me insane! As you know, I am never fully ready for them gift-wise, but this last December even my plans were pretty tentative until the last-minute. I grew to be a bit frustrated with myself, but it was a great time to gain this newly nurtured faculty of self-awareness.… Read More "1.2 – Remember and Know Me"
December 20, 2014 Dear Darkened Rose, I'm getting a tattoo for Daddy. It won't be near as big as the one I got for you--you spoiled brat--but I think it'll be just as significant nonetheless. It's going to be the lyrics to a song he would sing to me (we've always danced to it at your… Read More "1.1 – Remember and Know Them"