Thursday, May 16, 2019

Overcoming Shyness with a Question

by Emily Conrad




A couple of days ago, my mom pointed out to me that not all introverts are shy.

I agreed but added that sometimes, we introverts just have zero idea of what to say. I can't tell you how many times I've been silent not out of shyness but because I've drawn a complete, yawning blank.

Interesting conversation? What's that?

But, in some situations I can be very shy--despite having something I really want to voice.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

When the New Beginning Grows Slowly

by Emily Conrad



As the snow recedes in spring, I amble over to my flowerbeds, watching for life to return.

I monitor the red and green spears of new growth that pierce the dirt and matted leaves. First, daffodil leaves poke through, then shoots that will become peonies. Somewhere in there, rolled tulip leaves rise up and unfurl.