Tag: Writing

I Pretend To Be Honest

I Pretend To Be Honest
This post was inspired by this week’s ChicagoNow Blogapalooza prompt.   When I was about fourteen, I read “Mother Night” by Kurt Vonnegut. I was already a huge fan. Two years earlier, my father had assigned “Cat’s Cradle” as part of my homeschooling curriculum, and I had devoured every Vonnegut book in the house before... Read more »

The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment

The Book I Needed In My Darkest Moment
There are a few times in your life when you see yourself as you truly are, in that moment. Not as who you are inside, what fundamentally defines you, but objectively- when you are confronted with yourself and it takes your breath away. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes you are fortunate enough to see... Read more »

When Your Sorrow is in the Spotlight

When Your Sorrow is in the Spotlight
I spent the majority of last week far from home- in the exotic land of Baltimore, at BlogU’15. It was a remarkable trip- I met dozens of new friends, caught up with even more old friends, learned, laughed, danced my ass off, and was beyond honored to be chosen by the Huffington Post for the... Read more »
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How To Pretend Tomorrow Will Never Come

How To Pretend Tomorrow Will Never Come
Our life is so close to back to normal. M, putting the kids to bed, taking out trash, disappearing in the mornings before I’m really conscious. It’s close to normal, in that we are once again in charge of our home and our food and the majority of our days. But it’s not normal. M’s... Read more »

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day
As a writing prompt I’ve composed haiku each day for fourteen years. One for each letter Alphebetical haiku ‘Cuz it’s Haiku Day.     Affirmation We will be just fine. We have been through hell and back, indestructible.   Bittersweet Old pictures of us Your face so perfect Such a young stranger   Church I... Read more »

Why I Can't Panic About My Husband's Brain Surgery

Why I Can't Panic About My Husband's Brain Surgery
As a writer, I often find myself in conversations about writer’s block. Everybody has a personal trick or cure to get their creative juices flowing. Some people read, some people have go-to snacks, some people have playlists of music that gets them going, some people run… I write “potato.” Over and over and over again.... Read more »
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The Time is Coming to Audition for Listen To Your Mother!

The Time is Coming to Audition for Listen To Your Mother!
Last year, I was utterly humbled to appear onstage with the women of Listen To Your Mother. I’ve always had a bit of a performing bug, but it had been years since I stepped into the spotlight. And oh, what a spotlight. Listen To Your Mother is a show about motherhood, like The Moth but... Read more »

How Do You Know What Makes You Happy?

How Do You Know What Makes You Happy?
Last night I attended a LinkedIn social networking event. I’d never done anything like it before, but I figured it was targeted towards writers and members of the non-profit community, so I might actually make a couple really good contacts. The first thing I learned? Such networking events should come with a big “J/K LOL!”... Read more »