Ep 491 – Listener Essay “A Log on the Fire” by Lisa

Listener Essay

Posted May 16th, 2018

Today’s listener essay comes from Lisa.  She titled it “A Log on the Fire.”  We desire all to receive it.

This is #8 in the May 2018 Listener Essay Contest on Infants on Thrones.


  • windy_way8192

    Instantly relatable, I cried with you throughout this Lisa, hugs!

    • Paul EH

      🙂💛 from Lisa!

  • Tracy Tomlinson Averett

    I loved your concept of fire building, it was a well-told story. I have to ask and I hope it’s not too personal are you and Paul still married?

    • Paul EH

      Thank you. I replied above to your question. 🙂

  • Paul EH

    Hi Tracy!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am Lisa’s very proud hubby. One of our dear friends, Kimberly Anderson, told Lisa that telling your story in your voice and listening to it is healthy therapy to recover from trauma, so this is the reason Lisa put this together. I’m so proud of her. I never imagined she would be here with me. I am incredibly blessed. Our marriage has never been better. Life is incredible.

    FYI, we told our story on Mormon Stories 650-652 if you are interested.

    Lisa says thank you for your kindness and validation. Hugs! (I responded for her as I have a disqus account. )

    • Tracy Tomlinson Averett

      So happy you guys made it out on the other side together!

  • JBrackenLee

    Great essay! Thank you. I think we have generations of absent Fathers who were busy building fires instead of spending time with their children.

  • Amy Rich

    Sure proud to know you, Lisa. Glad I got to hear your beautiful words in that beautiful voice of yours. Love, your forever fan.

    • Paul EH

      From Lisa: Oh, my dear Amy! Thank you so much for your kind words. we need each other. I have learned so much from you and am so happy we are friends! MWAH! (I post here under Paul’s “Disqus” account…)

  • wadingthroughjello

    Very apt analogy Lisa! I loved the way you used it. Great essay!

  • Gary H

    Wow! That was a super fun essay!!! Loved the fire, log, heat metaphors and how far you were able to take them. You were able to paint a picture of the complex struggles of your life and all the nuances fellow Mormons understand. Thanks for sharing your artistic writing and reading ❤️❤️❤️

    • Paul EH

      Thanks Gary! You are one of the kindest people we know. Thank you for listening and your delightfully kind comments. So grateful!