Dove Song Poetry Readings, May 10 and 11 in Provo & SLC

  I had the opportunity to read my poem "the God particle" from the anthology Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry twice last week! Writ & Vision The first time was at the rare book and fine art gallery Writ & Vision in Provo, Utah, pictured below. I was pretty nervous; it's been a while …

Climbing Everest in a Storm: Living with Cognitive-Emotional Effects of Brain Injury

These ruminations begin with reading a recent Facebook post.... A little while ago I read this Facebook post by Elizabeth Gilbert. https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz/posts/1778347148914059 As someone who lives with a brain injury, it was hard for me to take in. Gilbert describes a moment of cognitive-emotional chaos, where she cannot use her thoughts to control her thoughts …

God has truly technicolor dreams for me

And I'm waiting to see what they will be! Having a brain injury feels a bit like Joseph being sold into captivity in Egypt. The wait is long, the challenges tall. I came from a different place and through some stroke of accident or fate or divine intervention, I was set down in brain injury …

Who am I?: Coping with Identity Loss after a Brain Injury

With one blow to the head, I lost a part of myself It was 2 years before I started to feel more like myself. Immediately after I accidentally struck my head into a wall at my office, I knew something was terribly wrong. In my next meeting of the day I could not focus. I …

The Art of Making Mistakes

Before my injury, I loved to create. You could always find me scribbling away in a notebook, dreaming up a book idea, or doodling on a piece of paper. After my injury, I barely had enough physical energy to do the everyday tasks of living. I couldn't tap into my creativity in the same ways. …

Come Run with Me for Brain Injury, May 19!

3 years ago, I wasn't sure whether I'd ever return to normal life. Shortly after my brain injury, while I was still wallowing around trying to find proper medical care, one doctor told me not to run for 3 months. Well, that turned out to be a bit of an understatement. It was 2 years before …

My brain injury isn’t a joke

Societally, we’ve seen so many “mild” head injuries portrayed as humorous plot points that we’re numb to taking it seriously. Off the top of your head, I bet you can think of at least one movie or TV show that portrays a head injury. Probably even more. How about that scene in Parks and Recreation …

My third brainiversary + broken prayers

A few days ago it was three years since I injured my brain in a freak accident. It's hard to know what to say on this anniversary. Each day since then I've lived in the shadow-grief of that two seconds and the massive destruction it caused in my life, to my very self as constructed …

How to Love Your Brain Better with 1 Test

It's never too late to love your brain! While you're snacking on a bit of chocolate from your Valentine, watch this music video by NPR's science show Skunk Bear. It has me completely cracking up, and I guarantee it will crack you up, too. I'm going to have "Oxytocin is the potion of devotion" stuck …