Indecision is the Mother of…Well, I Can’t Decide

Of the many lovely traits I’ve passed on to my kids, along with the one ear that sticks out too far and my very large teeth (in a very narrow mouth), the one that I most regret is my great capacity for indecision. Or maybe it’s my lack of confidence.   I’m not sure…what do you [Read On]

Writer’s Workshop: The Skittles War

My son gets his hated braces off in a week, my daughter six weeks later. “When I get my braces off, I’m going to eat all the Skittles I can! Mom said so!” My daughter storms “That’s not fair ’cause I can’t eat them yet – you have to wait for me!!!” The petty bickering escalates [Read On]

My Top 6 Summer Moments (So Far)

We’re more than halfway through the summer – only 31 days left until school starts (not that I’m counting, of course) and we have managed to pack a lot into this hot weather! Here are my top six summer moments so far, as inspired by a prompt from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop: Number 6: Fourth of July at [Read On]

She is my Poet, He is my Writer.

Complain as I may about over-reliance on testing and “no child left behind” and Common Core and what have you, my children have been blessed – blessed I tell you – with phenomenal teachers and headmistress/principal that  put heavy emphasis on the act of writing. At a very young age both my children were encouraged to [Read On]

Thoughts on the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. Finally.

Two weeks ago today I left for the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. It’s a bi-annual writing conference held at the University of Dayton – Erma’s alma mater –  and yes, it was every bit as funny and sentimental as the grand dame herself was. Over three days there was much laughter, networking, conversation, learning, wine, [Read On]

What Makes Me Happy

It’s been a long, cold winter, those of us not living in Florida would agree. Too many days cooped up inside. Bundling up to go outside, and dearly wishing we were inside. Frankly, it has gotten a bit depressing, this weather. But today when I woke up, something was just in the air. (Besides pollen. [Read On]

What My Grandfather Said

    My grandfather was not a church-goer. He was, however, a deeply spiritual man who would say “you don’t need to go to Church to talk to God – you can talk to him anywhere”. Which was good, because Papa Dan was more than a little hard of hearing in his later years, so [Read On]

Currently

Reading: Splitting my attention between a few things, but I finished late last night Veronica Roth's “Divergent” – and moved on to “Insurgent” – on my Kindle, and I've been reading Erica Bauermeister's “The School of Essential Ingredients” in hardback. Despite how manic the summer has been, reading still remains my escape and my Kindle [Read On]

Reasons My Daughter Is Crying

One of the funniest Tumblr pages I’ve seen recently is Reasons My Son Is Crying.  I can relate to the accurate and hilarious captions given to the photos of…well….the author’s crying son. Don’t judge me. They really are funny, perhaps due to the honesty of the shots — don’t our children totally lose their tops [Read On]

Someday

I have a lot of goals. Some are big. Some are small. Some are seemingly ridiculous but goals nonetheless (preferably by Thanksgiving….) Someday, I will tick them off my life list. Someday, I will figure out just how to carve a turkey without making it look like Freddy Krueger runs the kitchen. Someday I will [Read On]