Hello, and welcome! I’m Grace Claus, and this is my blog, Forsythia Root.

Forsythia, for the sound of the word and the hope conjured in my heart whenever I see its first buds after a long winter.

Root, for the longing to have a place. Writing has always seemed to me like pins in a map, marking where I’ve traveled, and if I can’t be rooted in one place, I’d at least like to know where I’ve been.

I started this blog to chronicle our summer on Whidbey Island, where my husband Dan and I interned at a lovely and loving congregation in the Puget Sound. When I got back, I didn’t want to stop the writing routine, so the rest of the blog reflects on my life here in Michigan, where I finished seminary and now work as editor of RCA Today.

I also love to garden (though at the moment it’s entirely indoors and made up of succulents; even the herbs have gone to live with my sister), go walking, practice yoga, listen to episodes of This American Life, and brush my teeth. Once, mentioning this last fact actually scored me a Sonicare toothbrush. I’ve never been happier.

You can contact me at forsythiaroot (at) gmail (dot) com.

I’m thankful to the gracious Diana Brennan for letting me use her photography for the little icon that shows up next to my comments and next to the URL in your browser window. The photo of me on this page was taken by my husband Dan.


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: The Sestina: An Example | The Disciplined Quill

  2. I enjoyed reading your blog Grace. The good thing about living several places is you learn some good information from each place. Therefore I look to you for some good advice, and I hope Dan does too.

    Grandpa Carl

  3. I have been enjoying Words of Hope devotionals for several years.2/26 “He Dwells in the Space Beyond” was very timely for me as that was my last day at a job I worked 18 years. And then when I read the next day you wrote persuasive essays in 5th grade I took a good look at your name (Great Name BTW) and figured you must be retired. I read your bio and had to check out your blog. Imagine my surprise! Anyway, all that to say thank you for writing. I am finding it helpful and hope to follow along. Kendra.

  4. I would like to use your “a prayer to the Spirit as dove” in an upcoming church service. Would that be ok?
    Rev. David Cleveland

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