Thanksgiving is almost here. While we are doing well--mostly because we've been 90% isolated since March--I recognize there are people in our country and our world that are not doing okay. So, here's a toast of gratitude to all those who are not okay during this pandemic. Shout out to the extroverts. I see you … Continue reading Thanksgiving in a Pandemic
There is this thing that exists in writer circles called NaNoWriMo. This stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November, with people getting ready in October. There is a whole organization you can find at https://nanowrimo.org/ that will support and encourage you during the month. This quote is at the top of their … Continue reading November is National Novel Writing Month
A new term has entered my vocabulary. I wanted to share it with you because it opened my eyes to a compulsive behavior that was sucking my life away.Doomscrolling.Have you ever caught yourself mindlessly flipping through Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or any of these social media sharing apps that populate our phones? Then you … Continue reading Doomscrolling
Well, here we are. It's the middle of August and school is threatening to start. Or is it? This time it's weird. My kids are going back to school, but at home, but they'll be in school. Plus, they are both moving up into new schools (omg I have a middle schooler and a high … Continue reading So this is Back to School
Recently, foodie influencer Alison Roman gave an interview to The New Consumer that can only be described as a “shit show.” While talking about her own Zen-like journey into fame, she performed an epic racially tone-deaf (I’m being kind) take down of Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo, calling them sellouts while she remains pure as … Continue reading The Myth of Success
COVID-19 is here. We are in the thick of it in Maryland. Our governor has just announced we will be at home and schools will be closed until May 15th. I highly doubt that, come May 16th, we will be free to join crowds, hug strangers, and go back to our favorite restaurants. I think … Continue reading In the Midst of COVID
Welcome to the New Year, my friends. We're only a couple of weeks in and I can already tell it is going to be a wild one. At the start of every year it is commonplace to start assessing where we are at and where we want to go. Particularly this year, as we are … Continue reading Hello, 2020!
2019 was a pretty fantastic year, personally. For a lot of people 2019 was fraught with hardship and drama. My life was far from drama-free, but, overall, the good outweighed the bad. My brother and his came to visit for the first time, and it was brilliant! I flew to Denver to visit my BFF. … Continue reading Thanks a lot, 2019.
Somehow fall has happened. I have no idea what happened to September. Well, that's not strictly true. I spent it sending my kids back to school where others could try to teach them something while I traveled. Before you call me a bad parent, I was traveling for mostly professional reasons. I actually went to … Continue reading Writing Retreats in Order to Advance
As we pass by Memorial Day and enter June I find we are living in a strange Purgatory. Summer is here, for all intents and purposes. The kids have summer swim team practice after school at the local pool. Baseball and soccer practices are ramping up and the minivan carpools are being sorted and finalized. … Continue reading Summer … Almost