Hi, I'm Devin. My newsletter, The Ponder, seeks meaning in the mix of work, art, & time.

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Mar
09
21. "Her sister is like a lifeline to her"

21. "Her sister is like a lifeline to her"

Family can be a verb.
2 min read
Feb
10
20. The heavier the burden

20. The heavier the burden

The burdens that bring us close to the earth aren't garbage, aren't something to sneer at.
2 min read
Jan
06
19. A grotesque new year

19. A grotesque new year

A flock of birds came to rest on the electrical wires in the alley behind my house and I felt dread build inside of me.
2 min read
Sep
10
18. When the experience is the point

18. When the experience is the point

A changeup isn't just a slow pitch; it's a pitch expected to be fast that is suddenly, surprisingly, slow.
3 min read
Sep
03
17. What does 'successful writing' mean?

17. What does 'successful writing' mean?

Writing about experiences to understand them can become a slippery slope to "I need to get this essay published."
3 min read
Aug
26
16. Writing emotion

16. Writing emotion

My writing has to move me first if I hope it will touch your heart.
3 min read
Aug
18
15. The invisible work of a book

15. The invisible work of a book

The more I write, the closer I cling to the books that, in turn, provoke, comfort, and move me.
3 min read
Aug
12
14. We who are miscast

14. We who are miscast

We're all making our minds up about each other. I hope there's some wiggle room left for change.
3 min read
Aug
04
13. Fear is expensive

13. Fear is expensive

I used to hoard story ideas for someday when I'd be a "good enough" writer.
2 min read
Aug
02
12. Our lattice of familiarity

12. Our lattice of familiarity

I find great joy in seeing the connections between things or ideas that aren't in the same bubble.
3 min read