Happy Birthday;or What Now?

December is my birthday month and Sunday is my birthday. This is my personal “new year” and traditionally the time when I reflect the past year and plan for the fresh one on the horizon.     As you know, I’ve had lots of time on my hands lately (ahem) due to unemployment and now […]

On Transitions or “Good-bye Big Boobs!”

  When I was little I would put on my black leotard and stuff the chest of it with rolled up socks or oranges and act like I had boobs. #becarefulwhatyouwishfor I distinctly remember going to the laundromat with my mom and her good friend, Cindy, when I was 7 or 8. While they talked […]

Start With the Problem

I was talking a good friend recently about the state of my writing life. She said something to me that resonated deeply. Start with the problem, she said. To be honest, she was referring to a lesson she has learned as an editor and in working with developing stories, but it works for me and my […]

On Shame and Courage

A few days ago I posted this image of my 20-something self and my teenaged daughter on my Instagram.     I wrote this text to go along with it: I’m sure it seems vain to post this, but I’m working on honoring my body – in all the various forms and shapes it has […]

Are We Really That Busy? or I’m Beginning to Think It’s Me

Somehow I thought adulthood would be more social… …late nights spent laughing and drinking with friends around a table littered with empty wine-stained glasses, bread crumbs, and wax candles burned down to their nubs. Maybe there would be vacations with other families and annual “Girls’ Weekend”s spent with half a dozen other women – shopping, […]

Day 8 – What are your most epic failures (and how did you overcome them)?

Oh Honey, this is just too easy! It’s as easy to list my failures as it was difficult to list my successes yesterday. I’m going to have to stick to a list without long descriptions or we will be here all day… Here we go, in roughly chronological order: 1. I missed going to Nationals […]