Janna



A Hutchmoot Trilogy

By Janna

A few months after coming home from Hutchmoot 2012, I stumbled onto an analogy for my three-year experience with this conference: Star Wars! Read More ›

S.Y.L.O.M.

By Janna

“Ever’ man wants life to be a fine thing, and a easy. ‘Tis fine, boy, powerful fine, but ’tain’t easy. Life knocks a man down and he gits up and it knocks him down agin. I’ve been uneasy all my life…” —Penny Baxter (from The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)

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Waking Up to My Calling

By Janna

By the time I was a freshman in college, my Dad had been dismissed from the position of Senior Pastor at four separate churches. This is a hard fact for me to admit. It was even harder living through it. But I did, Read More ›

Book Review: Real Love for Real Life

By Janna

There’s no doubt about it, my mother has the gift of hospitality. Enter her house nearly any time of day and you’ll be greeted by the warm smell of something delicious being Read More ›

Creating + Celebrating → Community

By Janna

One of the best things I heard at Hutchmoot this year came from Thomas McKenzie during the session on cultivating artistic community. “Create content,” he said. Not “write the next great novel,” or “paint a really Read More ›

Caring Deeply

By Janna

This is last entry of a three-part series. You can read the first and second entries here: Read More ›

Conquering Doubt

By Janna

Doubt usually springs on me right after I’ve finished writing. When I sit down to revise, I find myself thinking: You are only thirty-four years old. Who gives a hoot ‘n holler what you think or Read More ›

Cultivating Discipline

By Janna

One Saturday morning in February, I was reading through several old essays and detected a couple of threads where certain themes held together. I began printing and grouping and by the time I finished I’d Read More ›

A Hutchmoot Memory

By Janna

One of the most meaningful moments at Hutchmoot 2010 happened before the event officially began. There we were, huddled in small, safe groups, smelling freshly delivered pizza, holding tightly to the backs Read More ›

Wade in the Water (and Song of the Day)

By Janna

I had the idea a while back to write a post about two of my favorite bands: Waterdeep and Wilco. I like alliteration and alphabetical categories as much as any other former English major, and the comparison of Read More ›

My Writing Life – A Story All Its Own

By Janna

To journey for the sake of saving our own lives is little by little to cease to live in any sense that really matters, even to ourselves, because it is only by journeying for the world’s sake – even when the world bores and sickens and scares Read More ›

Song of the Day: Jill Phillips

By Janna

Redemption is the common thread that binds them all together. Read More ›