Share Your Story: Jesse Blayne

Allison Nazarian Share Your Story

My closet tells the story of me. When I was eight I wore the First Communion dress my mom made – knee-length, starched white lace.  The layers of starch turned an otherwise delicate dress into a young Catholic girl’s suit of armor. Plastic Lily of the Valley was stitched to the crown of the matching veil in an effort to …

Radical Rest

Allison Nazarian Healing, Health, Real Life

Most of us do not rest enough. Most of us need more rest. And by “rest,” I mean more than your standard 8-hours-of-sleep. I mean rest. Quiet. Stoppage. Retreating within. Unfortunately, our days, our reputations, our self-worth is in many ways based upon how much we can do and get done, how well we plow through our to-dos, how consistently …

Share Your Story: Lee Block

Allison Nazarian Share Your Story

Spit & Glue Hold My Pieces Together I have balanced my life on a plate made of the finest of bone china. The plate itself is fairly nondescript, just a faint ecru with scalloped edges lined in gold, and might even be considered an antique given my age. The markings on the back indicate a skull and cross bones and …

How Alone Is Alone?

Allison Nazarian Life Lessons, Real Life

Last night, I met a friend for dinner. She told me she thought about cancelling beforehand because she’d been such a recluse lately, but decided not to because she thought I’d be upset if she did. (I would have understood.) Recluse. Alone. Solitary. We talked about our tendencies to be more alone than not. We work alone. We enjoy our …

Look At Me, Look At Me!

Allison Nazarian There, I Said It, Truth

When you are having a bad day/time/thing, do you try to ride it through or do you try to do something to change it? Do you acknowledge it and then allow yourself to feel it and stay in it or do you do what you can to turn things around? Do you turn to the Facebooks of the world and …