Annie recommends


The past several weeks have been so full. I’ve had multiple work trips (Minneapolis, San Francisco, Anaheim), three humongous work events, houseguests, family visits, and a particular emotional roller coaster that’s still unfolding.

With each close friend that I confide in, I realize that my heart is hoping more and more for a certain outcome, and how disappointed I’ll be if it doesn’t happen. But what’s the alternative? Not hoping at all? Novocain to the heart? We were never meant for dull souls. As a friend said to me last week, “Sometimes it’s good for us – getting our hopes up.” And so I hope, and I wait, and trust that whatever the outcome, I’ll make it through because I’ve been through worse.

I’ll tell you if it happens. And I’ll probably tell you if it doesn’t.

In any case, there are all sorts of other people saying and doing things worth sharing. So here are some of my top picks.


I recently met Nashville singer-songwriter and all around superstar Annalise Emerick, and heard her play a song that I capital L LOVE. Listen to “Patti Smith.”


Do you know about Kara Tippetts? Her widely read blog is chronicling her last days on this earth – and just about every post makes me want to throw my computer across the room, it’s so unfair. Just six years older than me and one hour south, Kara is dying of cancer. Just yesterday, I watched the trailer for a documentary about her life and imminent death, and openly wept in my kitchen. Will we ever understand why some families are dealt the short stick?


My very favorite podcast, On Being with Krista Tippett, is a conversation about faith, religion, psychology, race, art, science, and ethics (my very broad summation), and I can’t get enough of it. I’ve recently been going back and re-listening to some of my favorite episodes, and ran across one that is so encouraging and life-giving, I want to pass it along. What happens when you get a Jewish rabbi, a Christian bishop, a Muslim scholar, and the Dalai Lama in the same room for a conversation? I cannot recommend this program enough.


My friend Hilary Oliver (she looks like Gwyneth Paltrow, and also you should read her blog) recently shared a quote that stopped me in my tracks. To live like this!

“In boldly setting out toward ends, one risks disappointments;
But one also obtains unhoped-for results;
Caution condemns to mediocrity.”
-Simone de Beauvoir


That’s all for today. Until we meet again, remember to be like Ariel (“I want more…”), Belle (“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere…”) and when it comes to hope, fine, Pocahontas (“How high will the sycamore grow? If you cut it down, then you’ll never know”).



  1. Sarah on March 9, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Well-timed… I needed a little help with my hope, tonight…

  2. Lan | morestomach on March 10, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    this right here cheered me up last week.


  3. Tiffany Sulzen on March 10, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    looking forward to that pod cast Annie :-) I hope for you too dear woman<3

  4. Paige Daugherty on March 10, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I, too, cannot get enough of On Being. It’s my go-to listen on the way to work. Enjoyed this post!

  5. Margret on March 12, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    How does one say “Thank you?” I’ve been reading your blog and wanting to comment on each one, but I do not know you and have no frame of reference for your life, therefore don’t feel it would be appropriate. That said, sometimes I must speak. Today is one such day.

    I’d forgotten about Krista Tippett, as I’ve only come across her once before, and am so glad I listened to the link you provided. I cannot tell you what it means to me — that would take pages! ;-) — but I can, and will, say “Thank you!”

    • hootenannie on March 12, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      Margret, I’m so glad we can be friends! And yes, long live Krista Tippett. Such an amazing show. :)

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