birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

Things with feathers, and without

Isn't all hope kind of wild? An idea that refuses to be tamed, enduring in the harshest of environments. How barren, how antiseptic is a place with out hope? Nothing can grow there.

Even the most mundane hopes have some wildness in them, a little defiance. I hope I'll get to this meeting on time, even though I left later than I should have. I hope my friend can get away from work early enough for happy hour. I hope Trader Joe's has finally restocked those olives I like. Little brown bird hopes, hopping on a lush green lawn.

There's a deer of hope, quiet and graceful, disappearing into leafy shadows, reappearing: a trip with my mom to places she's dreamed of seeing: St. Petersburg, Prague, Vienna.

And then the jaguar, all stealth and strength: two healthy children, named partly for their grandparents.

Boldly Going

It is not too late