Tina L Porter

What’s Beautiful Here

Beauty, Family, Love No Comment
What’s Beautiful Here

What’s beautiful here is a house whose furniture belongs in a house of old, old things and old, old people. Broken or nearly-so. Fragile fabrics, like thin skin, bruising at every brush of a knuckle or seemingly kind word. What’s beautiful here, where everything seems to be lightly stitched and held by twines and tufts […]

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Tina L Porter

Buoyancy

Beauty, Depression, Faith, Grace No Comment

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m sinking. Not bobbing up and down like I’m treading life, nor even my own weird little breast stroke toward a known shore. Just sinking, a teensy bit here and a teensy bit there. I can feel the tug on my ankles, on my spine, and even, sometimes, at the […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Peace

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I came to my blog not to write about UULent, but to give voice to the panic that is arising within me as world leaders play chicken with the threat of nuclear annihilation. And then I peeked at the calendar where I wrote the topics that I have been ignoring for way too long. (Did […]

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Tina L Porter
Tina L Porter

#UULent: Ally

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Today I put on the music and cleaned the kitchen: stove, microwave, oven and floor, even. Women sang to me today. They sang of broken hearts and broken homes, of hopes and dreams, and of purpose. I thought of all the women who have sung to me in my life, who have encouraged me, who […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Engagement

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My engagement this week has been strictly political and passive. I have been watching cable news coverage of all of the news this week, so much so that yesterday I pulled the plug for a while and re-upholstered a chair. The chair reminded me of what I’ve not allowed myself to remember in a long […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Solitude

Faith, Grace, writing No Comment

Today, my solitude came in the sound of blueberries gently popping in the heat of the oven, and then in the smell of meat, vegetables and sauce simmering, bubbling over the edge of the pan and leaving a sputtering mess.

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Resilience

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I am a bit of a klutz. Part of it is a balance issue, but most of it is just from rushing to get a thing done that I don’t want to do in the first place, like, say, the dishes. Tonight was one of those nights. Washing the dishes that need to be hand-washed and […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Prayer

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I didn’t take any photos, but today I took a walk through the wastelands. I hit a private milestone today, and afterwards, I went through some of my favorite haunts: vintage, thrift and antique stores. I should have taken a photo. Instead, I ran my hand along a table older than me, maybe even older […]

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Tina L Porter

#UULent: Creativity

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Last night I was sitting in the living room of a woman I’d never met before with about 10 other women I’d never met and it was a place bristling with energy. I only wish I’d thought to take a photo then. Two weeks ago, a small group of women decided to put on a […]

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