It’s Monday morning, and deliciously stormy outside.  I look out the office windows to the east, where the land stretches flat all the way to Kansas, and see clouds the color of polished steel.  I’m alone at work this week, sipping on hot tea to placate the angry porcupine that wants to nest on my throat.

Yesterday at church, I saw 6 people whose names I knew.  I got hugs from 4 of them.  It’s nice to have people who know your name.

Later on, as I drove up a windy road to Evergreen, what’s left of the leaves on the trees blustered and blew, twinkling in the wind, matching the shade of the double-yellow lines on the blacktop.  I found a network of trails and went on an easy hike, dreamed of having a dog, and watched the sky as it did things like this.

It’s easy to feel small and alone – but that doesn’t mean that we have to feel afraid.



  1. Nick on October 25, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    This is a harsh comment, but it’s the truth: do not get a dog. I love my dog, but only a very stable home should get a dog. And my home is probably not stable enough. Just don’t talk yourself into it! Wait!


  2. Pamela on October 25, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    What I noticed the most on my road trip out to Boulder last August was how distinctly the clouds change as you move further West. I was dumbstruck a number of times at the beauty and vastness of it all.

    Also, I hiked on Sunday, too. :)

  3. that other Morby person on October 25, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Annie, this is probably not where I should be posting this but I don’t have your email address…I just wanted you to know how much Kerry and I are enjoying your CD…its playing on our stereo, again…you voice is beautiful, the harmonies are gorgeous and I am very impressed with your talent…thanks for sharing with us

    Steve Morby….and it was wonderful to finally meet you…I hope you can come to our house for Thamksgiving!

  4. Sarah on October 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    You’re writing is so nice today. You should get a dog… just do it. I’ve been wanting a dog for ages and finally babysat a tiny kitten overnight, one day, and decided that getting a dog could wait a while longer and that when I do get a dog, I’m going to adopt an adult rather than get a puppy. Too much work.

  5. Janelle on October 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    I got a puppy a few weeks ago. Truth: I still feel small and alone. And the puppy is a LOT of work… even though she is incredibly adorable :)

    Any other words of wisdom/hope?

  6. Lan on November 1, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    i love how in that picture it looks like the treetops and the clouds are kissing.
    beautiful post.

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