A love letter to my beta readers As I hit the send button, and my final manuscript zipped through the ether to my proofreader, I felt I should formally thank the most unexpected new friend on this book-writing journey… Critique. Do you wince at the word? At the beginning of this story, I would’ve. Hell, even six months … More Meet My New Friend
Today I take a break from the book stuff to honor one of the reasons behind it: My son. Sweet little Von never had the chance to meet two of the most incredible women I’ve ever known—the women who inspired this journey and would have been his adoring grandmothers. (Emphasis on adoring.) Despite the deep sorrow that brings, it … More Birthday Wishes for My Son
Sometimes in life, you just need to stop and ask the universe for directions. That’s what I did, going into my recent trip to Hawaii with my husband and daughter. After years devoted to (and struggling with) two kids’ books near and dear to my heart, I left it up to vacation to provide some meditation … More Directions
Regardless of your political preferences, this is a refreshingly honest talk on grief (see video below) from Joe Biden to military families in mourning. For anyone coping with a loss, I hope it will bring you some peace during this reflective time of year. “There will come a day, I promise you, when the thought of … More Hope and Hard Truths
In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five ladies who taught me about the mother I want to be. Who are your five? Or for the guys, what mom figures most influenced to you?
I’m always amazed by the human spirit’s agility in the face of unending change, and never more so than at the start of a new year. What will 2013 hold for you, for me, for the world? New jobs, news discoveries, new inspiration? New losses, new challenges, new hope? This poem captures that adaptation better … More The Passing of the Year (Poem)
This year, as with any year, we all had our ups and downs, some higher and lower than others. To remember one is to reverently honor the other. The good and bad arrive—and depart—hand in hand. “Should we continue to look upwards?” Victor Hugo asked. “Is the light we can see in the sky one of … More New Year, New Hope (Video)
Psychology has long utilized creative exercises as a healing balm for grief. But sometimes an unexpected consequence of grief (as I have personally discovered) can be creativity, or more specifically an intense, driving passion for some vision of the soul that requires you to create it. That’s why I am intimately drawn to Kirsty Mitchell. … More Inspiring Minds: Kirsty Mitchell
What is MS? Turns out it may be this: Curable. Sound too good to be true? Well, if you love someone suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, you might be willing to take the leap of faith, as I have.
I have a life-changing treasure tucked away in the “Draft” folder of my e-mail. The subject line reads: The best Xmas gift I could ever give both of us I wrote it and read it to Sue on December 2, 2010, hours before she died. In truth, I had started it a few days earlier … More “The List”