Amy Brook Palleson
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • United States

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My name is Amy Palleson, and I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Yes; that's right. Where the Mormons live. But I'm not Mormon, so we can quickly move past that dance. I grew up in various areas of Northern California, and spent my teens and early twenties searching for meaning, but only found over-thinking and isolation. And--perhaps not surprisingly--spirituality (and psychedelics). I've lived in several states, and have moved in and out of towns and cities and relationships, experiencing all the highs and lows that we all share our existence with. The desperate longing. The adrenaline-soaked anger. The detached malaise. The immediate ecstasy of loving something beyond which you thought you were capable. I learned that life is mostly about grey areas, and that two truths--seemingly incompatible--can peacefully co-exist. Like how the Buddha could be wise and yet incredibly callous (in leaving his wife and son). And how an evil deed can spur on a generous act. How we are all so impossibly imperfect and flawed, and yet so freaking lovable simply because we try so damned hard. Religions and spirituality fascinate me, but--after a life-long search--I guess I've finally come to the conclusion that the existence of God or the spiritual universe can only be truly appreciated by embracing the miraculous beauty of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, or other amazing feat of creativity. These creative "callings" unify us, which is exactly where religions seem to fail. I am 47. A single parent of two girls. An animal lover. A teacher. An ex-wife. A writer finding her voice. And a devoted believer in the emotional freedom that comes with complete authenticity.
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Amy Brook Palleson's Blog

Even the Small Stuff is a Miracle

Posted on October 1, 2016 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

[My 48th birthday is today and I'm getting to spend some quality time with my kids tonight, so if you come by, thank you so much for reading. I guess it might also make more sense if you read the linked story I give at the end before reading my blog].





When my mom turned 40, she had an epic meltdown in the upstairs bathroom of our geodesic dome house on Hazel Dell Road, crying and rocking herself in the bathtub while relaying how disappointed she was in her life, and the myriad… Continue

Contrast

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 7:00am 10 Comments

 From today, 9/11/2016; different flag, different house

   

Salt Lake Tribune I kept from…

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An afternoon in which I live out our precarious balance

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 9:30am 26 Comments

8/31/2016: Jesus. At the Smiths [grocery store] at 9th and 9th, a homeless mom pushing a shopping cart filled with their stuff and her dazed-looking teen son with auburn hair and freckles following her riding his bike, bags hanging from the handlebars and backpack on his back that had a fucking poster sticking out the top of it. 



Oh dear god. I had to sit down on a bench because I was shocked to tears.  Our homeless shelters are currently full so there is nowhere for them to…

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Non-Optimal Viscosity

Posted on May 25, 2016 at 9:00am 15 Comments

Seven years ago, I caught a cold that wouldn’t go away.   The runny nose left me dehydrated and exhausted and was accompanied by sneezes so powerful that my eyes would explode like volcanos of hot, mascara’ed saltiness while twin rivers of black gook oozed down my 

face.

“Are you okay, Miss Amy?” the concerned kindergarten students I worked with would ask, confusing my red, runny eyes and smeared makeup for the tears of an emotional breakdown.



And I would pat their arm, and… Continue

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At 7:59pm on February 10, 2016, Jonathan Wolfman said…

At 7:59pm on February 10, 2016, Jonathan Wolfman said…

welcome!

 
 
 

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