Category: Life

Soup Night Soup Recipe

I’m a sucker for Facebook recaps of the year. No matter what mood I’m in–whether I’m feeling overwhelmed or mad or unloved or lonely–I instantly perk up when the magic algorithm chooses photos that bring back vivid memories of what went right through the year. This year, a good number of those memories include Soup […]

The Album

I never remembered our anniversary. The moments that made the day are, however, still vivid; my dad pounding a few shots as the girls got ready, which meant I had to drive us all to the church, across the city, in the summer heat. My veil blowing through the driver’s side window as we snaked […]

Everyone Should Have a Mr. C.J.

Well hello, grown up shoes. It’s what I saw from the second bleacher row. I hate sitting there; I’m old and fat and sitting that long on a backless bench makes my back ache and my shoulders twitch, so I crane about and look for things to distract myself from my middle aged reality. The […]

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 […]

Bird Watching

She loved the birds. In the last place she called home, she’d ask to be wheeled out to the lobby area so she could sit and watch them. Even though I’d spent time in this place–a lifetime ago, when the old and infirm were people I didn’t know–I didn’t remember the birds. I thought it […]

The House Where Merry Died

I live in the house where merry died. I knew it before, but it hit me hard tonight. I went grocery shopping late—my idea of fun when I have a free hour or two—and it was after dark when I got home. I pulled into my parking spot and killed my lights, and that’s when […]

#Reverb14: Stories

Today’s prompt: We are all lightning rods, conduits for that which the Universe wants born into this world. What energies did you channel this year? Prompt courtesy of Noël Rozny. Stories. For me, it always comes back to the stories. Listen To Your Mother was about the stories. The profiles I write for people hinge on […]

#Reverb14: Certainty

Others look forward to December for the obvious reasons: Christmas, snow, winter break. I look forward to December because gorgeous souls like Kat McNally offer what’s been come to know as #Reverb. It’s a series of daily prompts that encourage me to reflect on the past year and what matters to me. It’s a deep […]

The Kansas I Know

Disconnected. That’s how I felt today. I drove to Topeka to do a little research for a magazine article. It’s not a heavy-duty research piece, but it does need to correspond to Kansas History Month (January) and so I toured the Capitol. It seemed the best place to start. I got there just in time […]

Mashed Potato Memories

When I asked for help on what to post yesterday, Alexandra suggested that I share my very first Thanksgiving memory. Hers is making stuffing with her grandmother. The thought stuck with me today. For the longest time, the holiday memories that I care to recall are those after my dad married my step mom. She […]

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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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