Celebrate National Picnic Month—with a Picnic!

We couldn't let National Picnic Month pass without creating a post about it, especially since picnics make for excellent writing spaces. Also, Mercury (in retrograde) and Venus are forming a peaceful conjunct in Cancer this week, making for a great time to bring people together and enjoy the beauty the world has to share. Just … Continue reading Celebrate National Picnic Month—with a Picnic!

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Check It: Using Astrology to Parent Better, Earth Sign (The Lavender Stand)

This post first appeared on The Lavender Stand, as part of a series, for their launch and "astrology to parent" column. Check them out for more on stories that "shifts culture, practices, and out dated rules around expectations, funding, and field norms." Oh, the element of earth. The durability of a rock, or the stability … Continue reading Check It: Using Astrology to Parent Better, Earth Sign (The Lavender Stand)

Spring Craft and Dreaming, How We Welcomed the Season

Although spring didn't quite arrive how we expected in #NYC, that didn't stop us from celebrating the beautiful new season with a warm craft project.  When it comes to springtime, my goal is to make sure my kids embrace the change in season and create new goals that correlate with the warm weather. This year, … Continue reading Spring Craft and Dreaming, How We Welcomed the Season

The Humanity In Our Writing

There's this one character, a woman, who has been tainting my stories with her presence for years now. And I say presence, because although I prematurely named her 'Lucy,' there's been little more I can sense from her. She's often standing near in front of a blue, wooden, one-room house. I know she's in the … Continue reading The Humanity In Our Writing

Leading a Private Life With a Social Flair

Living a social life, while still trying to maintain the private and personal, is a very tricky balance. Especially when you have kids. So how can you balance the two (or three, if you count your career) without damping your style or stepping on tiny toes?    I'm not going to lie. I go back-and-forth … Continue reading Leading a Private Life With a Social Flair

Hospital Conversation

Thank you to my good friend, Tracy, for sharing this beautiful story of her aunt, Cindy. Tracy sometimes blogs over at LifeofACr8zyMom. I just calmed myself from having a panic attack again. For some reason, I feel the walls are closing in on me and the twenty pound weights on my shoulders are making it … Continue reading Hospital Conversation

Sharing Our Stories

Our lives are weaved through stories—our parents' stories, siblings, children, lovers, and neighbors. Yes, even our significant other's grandmother (like this one). Grab those narratives, feel them, make them your own and then pass them along. "No!" she yelled, reaching out for the small cup of water I brought up to my mouth. "You can't … Continue reading Sharing Our Stories