Category: Just me

Reverb 15 Day 1: Lists

#reverb15, day 1: In her seventh ever blog post, all the way back in March 2003(!), the inimitable Andrea Scher wrote: “Maybe lists are like prayers.” What sorts of lists do you have on the go at the moment? What do they suggest you are praying for? Lists. Fucking lists. Forgotten on tables and stuffed […]

Thanksgiving Is

Thanksgiving Day is rainy wet and barely-there cool. It’s goodbye and see you tomorrow and I love you and have fun. It’s closing the door only when I can’t see their shadows anymore. It’s standing in the middle of the room, cold coffee cup in hand, surveying the newly painted but still-the-same beige walls. It’s […]

Vocabulary Lessons at Monsanto: My Thoughts on #farmfoodtour 2015

I don’t do many sponsored posts. I bristle against it, actually; I feel that there’s an inherent tendency—if only internally—of expected positive reciprocity when someone (a person, brand, company, etc) offers something for “free” if I’ll write about it here in my microscopic corner of the web. Last year I was excited to be asked […]

Resource and Referral: Books that Motivate

I’m incredibly lucky to be surrounded by interesting, engaged, vibrant people. Every month I look forward to one particular meeting: the Resource and Referral Breakfast at Central Exchange. It’s hosted by one of my favorite people, Mona Raglow, and while the attendees sometimes change month to month and the spin is always a little different, […]

What I’ve Read Wednesday: Open Boxes: the gifts of living a full and connected life

When I write articles for local magazines, I intentionally wait to research until after I’ve talked with the subject or source I’ve been asked to interview. I’ve had a couple of interviewees question my approach; the assumption is that I’m not doing it right by not digging up details or at least familiarizing myself with […]

The Same

Her face flashed in my mind the second the scalding water hit my shoulders. Her face then, thirty-some years ago, since that’s how I still see her even now; young but vaguely angry, with countless creases radiating from her lips thanks to years of long drags on her Marlboro Reds. Her eyes, big and beautiful […]

What I’ve Read Wednesday: Lose the Cape

Sigh. I’m the Veteran Mom now. I just finished reading “Lose the Cape: Realities from Busy Modern Moms and Strategies to Survive” by Alexa Bigwarfe and Kerry Rivera. It’s a quick, easy read, and it’s filled with anecdotes on motherhood and one common theme: no one can do it all, but if we figure out […]

Today Is the Day: Listen To Your Mother

I’m writing this on my flight from Kansas City to Philadelphia. I was supposed to write it last night—last week, even—but I didn’t. I let time slip away because of poor planning and procrastination and probably another p word that I’m not awake enough right now to conjure up. Today is a big day. It’s […]

Blink, Mama

I always win the staring contests. It used to make my kids giggle—“look how long mom can stare at you!”—as they took turns trying to make me blink. It was a badge of honor, a sure thing. Comforting in a goofy way, I hoped for them, how they could count on mom to never blink. […]

#Reverb14: Best Intentions

December 11, 2014 prompt: What tiny rituals: signal that your day is starting; help you ease into a creative project; give you closure from an intensive task; or mark other significant milestones in your day? What new rituals would you like to create in the new year? If rituals were wishes and mornings were fun, […]

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I am a freelance writer, ghost author, editor and content strategist. I am a mother to three extraordinarily ordinary kids, the daughter of a genuinely good man, and an aspiring yogi, creative non-fiction and memoir addict, wanna-be world traveler, and work in progress. This is my personal blog.
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