The Glorious Debris by Meg Keene I just got back from LA, and the somewhat painful confluence of helping to take care of my mother who is just out of the hospital, and my family bridal shower. It was so many emotions all at once that I think I need to take a nap for a week. On the flight home, I picked up an Oprah magazine so I wouldn’t have to think, and was confronted with this quote that sums up what it’s like to get married when you’re dealing with other life events, with feelings of grief and fear, or goodness knows what else: “Every one of us is called upon, probably many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, the loss of a job… And onward full tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another – that is surely the basic instinct… Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.” – Barbara Kingsolver, High Tide in Tucson So that is for each of you, who like me, are having complicated journeys to the altar. Or in other words, “A difficult beginning is a good sign.“ Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.