Native New Mexican who longs for the Oregon coast while living in Northern Utah. I’m an essayist and photographer who’s happiest when I marry the two.
(photography credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

I recently ran up against a fragile male ego. It surprised me. And then my surprise surprised me.

I think we navigate life under a certain set of expectations. …

(Photography Credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

When the bounty of summer comes, you put some aside for winter. It’s a concept and truth that has been instilled in my cells from birth. But I often didn’t see the purpose of making yourself miserable in those last sun stroked days of summer just to bottle the same…

(photography credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

My first time encountering misogyny as an adult, I was in college and it was my boyfriend. He asked me to abandon my planned major in order to do something that would allow me to get a job faster in order to support him through school.

My last was grocery…

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I spent ten years married before I had a child: three years in my first marriage and then seven in my second. The reasons were the same, though the approaches were very different. As my first marriage was ending, my common refrain that I didn’t want children began to change…

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Tuesdays are my house cleaning days. I’m not sure why or how I settled on Tuesday, as it’s an odd and random choice, really, but I did and it is and has been, for several years, the day I wake and clean and launder and attend to the tasks that…

(Photo Credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

I’m sitting, catching up on work and watching the late summer clouds roll by. I’m willing them to stop and stay, releasing much needed rain on our little valley, but so far they ignore my pleas.

Thunder rumbles low and off in the distance. I’m skeptical of it immediately. Teased…

(Photography credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

I rounded the corner of the dirt road slowly and found myself in a herd of bison. They were all around the car, slowly grazing as they collectively crossed. Almost all were oblivious to our existence except one who kept a side-eye on us as the others moved as a…

(Photo Credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

I was 18 when I finally focused and got my driver’s license. I understand that currently, waiting is a pretty normal trend (or at least more normal then back then), but it definitely was not when I was 18 and finally getting my license. I cannot come up with one…

(Photography Credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

My husband talked me into getting a cardiac calcium scan. Before he mentioned it, I had no idea what it was or what it did, but once the idea was floated, it became a target birthday present for him and a frequent request from him for me. I slowly acquiesced.

(photography credit: Tawnya Gibson Photography)

I grew up, the whole of my life, with one dining room table. It’s heavy, but thin. Angular when collapsed and smoothed out sides in the middle when extended to fit our large family. It still sits in my parents’ home. Every trip we make, we gather around, meals piled…

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