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 … Continue reading Happy Birthday;or What Now?

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Shame and Courage – Part Two

 A few days ago I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and came across this image on the comedian Amy Schumer's page: I didn't hesitate to save the image and share it on my own page with the following comment: I am one of the one in four.  Shortly thereafter I got a text from … Continue reading Shame and Courage – Part Two

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 … Continue reading Start With the Problem

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 … Continue reading On Shame and Courage

How Can I Love You Better?

In my last post, I listed my short, simple list of new year's resolutions/intentions: 2018 resolutions: love my family better be a better friend learn french teach adults instead of children submit my chapbook for publication over and over play competitive tennis #1, Love my family better, is based on the idea shared by the Vietnamese Zen … Continue reading How Can I Love You Better?

Fearless Writing Challenge; Day 42: The Purge

Once or twice a year I go through a major purge. I'll go through my closet and toss the clothes I no longer wear, aren't flattering, or don't fit me properly. I'll clean out all the lotion samples from my bathroom drawers or match all the Tupperware and leftover containers to their lids and recycle or … Continue reading Fearless Writing Challenge; Day 42: The Purge