Category: What Matters

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

Eternally Grateful

I ran out of steam after profile number thirteen today, which posed quite a problem for my NaBloPoMo commitment. My dilemma is this: what do I write, when my mojo is buried under profiles for the likes of a thirty-something gamer looking for a girlfriend who shares his love of gory video games and “getting […]

Dirty Fingers

Once upon a time, I made things. I got my fingers inky and painty, I swirled colors onto pages and canvas and cardboard and I stamped, glued, sanded and tore papers until they felt like home. I stuffed the results in binders and drawers, some with pictures and some without. Then I stopped. My energy […]

Opting Out

My middle guy and I are battling these days. Different days bring different struggles, but Sundays are always the same. It’s his year to be confirmed, and he couldn’t be more disinterested. It’s stupid, he says. There’s nothing to learn, he says, because religion doesn’t matter. And I catch my breath and bite my tongue, […]

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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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