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‘Twas The Day Before Super Bowl

‘Twas the day before Super Bowl and all through WA State. The 12th Man was shopping and planning their plate! While ladies grabbed up all their blue and green gear, Their hubs were out buying big screens and good beer.   The fans they are men, they are women, and child. They scream and they yell and … Continue reading

Blogging Staycation

For more than two years, I have been writing about the good, the bad & the ugly. I’ve found it both helpful and powerful, especially when readers connect with my words. There have been moments in time that I have examined something closely that I would have previously let slip by without a second thought. … Continue reading

My Twice Baked Potato Writes!

A few weeks ago, I shared that my son had started writing for fun again. I was so thankful. I wouldn’t say that this happened without some level of “encouragement” from his writing mama. I had heard a successful author talk about his writing career. He said that he had been homeschooled and he shared … Continue reading

This Real Writer

Yesterday, I got to talk with a real writer. A published-many-times writer. A fiction-nonfiction-poetry writer. A known-expert writer. A teach-at-writers-conferences writer. Coincidentally, I saw a flyer for one of his workshops and I emailed him to see if I could steal some of his time when his class was finished. Luckily, he said yes. Now, … Continue reading

Only Just Begun?

Last night, around nine-thirty in the evening, I added the final words to the first draft of my manuscript.  It took me about a year between teaching, homeschooling, parenting, blogging, cleaning, playing and living to write this book. At this point, I have written about 52,000 words which I’m told is not many in the … Continue reading

Gratitude: Guest Post Style

One day, when I needed to be reminded about gratitude, I came across Robin. I had never read her work before, but she had left some thoughtful comments on my site. On this particularly challenging day, I decided to take the time to go to her site and read more. I am glad that I … Continue reading

Reappearance of the Words

When my son was young, he realized the power of words. Early on in his love-everything-art stage, he used to label the items in his drawings.  He sat at his child size table and filled notebooks with creative stories. Sometimes, he didn’t use his power for good. I remember getting a phone call from my … Continue reading

Lessons of the Weekend

It’s rare that I do something for me, just me; however, this weekend I did it. We packed up the Subaru, with my TBP and the two dogs, and we headed to an island rental house that would serve as home base while I attended writing classes. My writing was critiqued and my mind was … Continue reading

Ups and Downs and Ups

If you are a parent, moving back and forth from good to not so good is typical. Going to the park is good.  Falling and getting a skinned knee is bad. Trip to the kid’s museum is good.  Explosion before making it to the bathroom is bad. Smooth morning where everyone feels happy is good.  … Continue reading

The Debate

I used to think that a quiet coffee location was best for my weekly writing morning. Actually, I think the bustle of my neighborhood Starbucks lends itself more to ideas for writing material. This morning, I was trying to focus on an idea that came to me in the car; however, I continued to be drawn to … Continue reading