hungry for writing

I’ve received more than one complaint that I haven’t written lately. Sniff. Sniff. You don’t like my photos? You don’t like those blank days where I spare you from my drivel? (Actually, I’m incredibly flattered that anyone would even notice or care.)

Here’s the problem– writing is a snacky task. And these days I find myself standing numbly in front of the fridge wondering what I used to eat before our shelves were filled with fudge and gingerbread, eggnog and macaroons. Every time I walk into Erik’s office I find myself sneaking just one triangle of his dark chocolate Toblerone(sorry hon, maybe you should stash your chocolate in your underwear drawer like I do). And as I sat down to write my piece for Segullah today I found myself thinking that 4 or 5 extra-dark Lindt balls would make the task sooooooooo much easier.

But write I did. It only cost me two macaroons, 3 Lindt balls and some very tight pants this morning. I’ll admit that I don’t always tell you when I’m writing at Segullah because I enjoy the relative anonymity there. This tricky piece may be of no interest to my friends of other faiths and ACK! my Mormon friends might judge me harshly. Still, what’s the use of all those calories if I don’t post the link?

…fresh courage take

December 29, 2008
December 31, 2008



  1. jess

    December 30, 2008

    loved your post over there today. i have been thinking the same. being from CA, the prop 8 thing about drove me nuts trying to sort out my feelings of sticking up for what i believe in while still extending charity and compassion to others who don’t believe the same. the thing that finally made me feel at peace was re-reading elder hales’ conference talk “christian courage.” absolutely prophetic!


    December 30, 2008

    Thanks Michelle!!
    You’re inspiring so many others by sharing your very cool talents.

  3. Erik

    December 30, 2008

    Wow! Great article Michelle. You really are a good writer. It was worth a little chocolate.

    Just remember, 50 count dark chocolate Lindt balls will be back at Costco on Monday and I have a coupon (or a golden ticket depending on how you look at it). I won’t hide my chocolate if you don’t hide yours.

  4. Alyson (New England Living)

    December 30, 2008

    I will read your post now! I’m totally relating to all those treats and tight pants, by the way.

    Have a wonderful New Year’s!!

  5. Ken

    December 30, 2008

    Dear Michelle,
    Thank you for sharing your testimony and your wisdom in this inspiring article. Yes, it is true! I will love you forever.
    I feel blessed to be your dad.

  6. Michelle

    December 31, 2008

    Thanks Michelle!

  7. Jeanelle

    December 31, 2008

    When I read that Segullah post, I thought it was one of yours. It was so beautiful and really made me think. I feel sad that you don’t always feel welcome in your ward although I know nearly everyone feels that at one time or another. Thank you for all that you share so freely.

  8. Jeanelle

    December 31, 2008

    p.s. My mom just gave me two bags of dark chocolate lindt balls because she prefers milk. Do not read the nutritional info. Seriously. It’s so painful.

  9. Mama

    January 4, 2009

    Michelle, I read this when you posted and never got the chance to comment.

    I really appreciate you sharing it and I found it really interesting. You know I am not Mormon and that I don’t actually have an organized religion, and I find that this is a challenging time for all of us. While definitely a huge part of religion is faith, it only shows confidence in your faith that you question and test it when you need to — you know it will endure your need to ask WHY?

    In any case, keep writing! I love the pictures but I so enjoy the thoughts.

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