An artist of music and words encounters the world

Hi, I’m Krystal. Sometimes what moves me leads to composing music, poetry, or prose. Welcome to the gallery of my prose.

No First Day of School

Whether we are teenagers or grandparents, teachers or students, at home or in temporary shelter, the first day of school is different for many of us this year. I have participated in this annual event since I was in kindergarten, but for Fall 2020, I have no first day of school. I am no longer… Continue reading No First Day of School

Becoming an Abolitionist

Mentor, shepherd, listener, and advocate are identities I readily see in myself. While these roles nurture, empathize with, and speak up for others, the term hero is weightier for me…

Close Encounters of the Heartening Kind

Last week, my interview with Kelsey Timmerman was published on the Dressember blog. I never imagined I would have a one-on-one conversation with a New York Times bestselling author…

Nourishing Beauty on a Cloudy Day

We arrived at The Cafe at Thistle Farms on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in early March. As my family added baby decorations to the space, I paused…


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