Blessed are the fringe-dwellers.

Jesus’ time on earth was book-ended by two seminal events: his birth and resurrection. Lately, I’ve been mulling over the wild and weighty implications of the fact that he chose to first announce both to the most unlikely people imaginable: his birth to shepherds, and his … [Read more...]

The Influence Conference Meet and Greet.

Hi there, Influence! I’m Ashley P. Dickens. The world feels surprisingly small to me. Though I currently live in upstate New York, I’ve spent more of my life living outside of America than in it. I’ve found home everywhere from frozen Eastern Europe with her spiraling cathedrals … [Read more...]

Skirting the Edge of Scandal.

My Mama turned 52 yesterday. Now, ordinarily I wouldn’t share that little nugget of information, given that women normally adhere to a very strict “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to obnoxious numbers like age and weight. However, it just so happens that Facebook … [Read more...]

Top Ten Nuggets of Newlywed GOLD.

Kellan and I celebrated a year of marriage on March 2nd. My sweet husband planned an incredible surprise weekend in New York City, and we lived it up because hallelujah we made it! Reflections on our first year of marriage are coming later. Today, in honor of one whole year, … [Read more...]

An Announcement Not About Babies.

Things have been rather quiet around my blog lately because quite frankly, I haven’t had a hot second to sit down and THINK. However, the show must go on and inquiring minds need to know, so here it is: we bought a house! A real adult house with our very own yard and our very … [Read more...]

The Ugly Place.

Y’all. MY HUSBAND. We spent the weekend on a North Carolina lake watching the last vestiges of summer flicker and fade into fall, and Monday morning found two bleary-eyed Dickens hopping a dark-thirty flight back to Albany. As I mindlessly scribbled a grocery list into my … [Read more...]