Desire. Intention. Prayer. Relationship. Trust. Wish Fulfillment. These are some of the themes I explore with author and university professor Noelle Oxenhandler. Her latest book, The Wishing Year: A House, A Man, My Soul–A Memoir of Fulfilled Desire, is the starting point for our honest and open conversation. As a practicing Buddhist for more than 30 years, Noelle brings her gentle, spiritual perspective. Her essays have appeared in many national and literary magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Vogue, Tricycle, Parabola, Utne Reader, and O: The Oprah Magazine.