Much like Annie, the main character in my novel Finding Annie, I have always searched for silver linings. The more dire the situation, the more important it has always been for me to find something positive; I simply can’t stomach the thought of something dreadful occurring and having only terrible takeaways. Some aspect of my … Continue reading Moments of Gratitude
You're likely familiar with this excerpt from Little Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm, or some variation of it. At this point, it’s too late for Little Red Riding Hood, who has fallen for the wolf’s trap of pretending to be her grandmother. No matter what version you’ve read, though, Little Red Riding Hood ends … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes Part 2: A Wolf in Disguise
If you have kids, they’ve likely gone through a magic phase. My daughters, ages three and five, are in one right now. They run around the house waving whatever was closest to them when inspiration hit—dress-up wand, marker, chopstick, Barbie leg—shouting “Magic, magic, turn me into a _______!” What’s in the blank? Well, that changes … Continue reading The Art of Waterproofing
I remember watching Mary Poppins for the first time. I was eight or nine, and the movie impacted me on a few different levels. I loved the music and the singing. I envied the kids for having someone who cared for and about them. And I loved the nonsense word I was introduced to: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. … Continue reading The Hardest Things to Say
It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for the ’90s (see this post), and the decade has yet again provided me with some inspiration. Get ready to take a trip back about twenty-five years… Remember the advent of WWJD? It stands for “What Would Jesus Do?” and was started by a youth group … Continue reading WWND: What Would Norman Do?
One of the hottest trends out there today is inspirational quotes. Many people have something to say, whether original or repeating what someone else has said, and just about everyone likes to read them. And I’m not judging – I’m definitely one of those people. Just check out my social media accounts and you’ll see that I … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes Part 1: Salt Required
A former classmate and childhood friend reached out to me via social media a couple months ago. She sent me a link to this blog post, sharing that she thought I might be interested and that the woman who wrote the article, Rachael Brooks, was publishing a book about her experiences as a survivor. I … Continue reading Dear Rachael…
Do you recall a time when someone laughed inappropriately? I know there are dozens of times (at least) that I’ve done it, and those are only the ones that I have some vague memory of. Most of them involved misunderstanding what the other person said or missing the context for it. Sometimes the end result … Continue reading Lessons in Inappropriate Laughter
My husband has a deep and abiding love of Japanese tattoos and sends me videos almost daily. So when my husband sent me a link to a video with “kintsugi” in the description a few months ago, I saw the name and made the assumption that since it was Japanese, it probably related to tattoos … Continue reading What’s Kintsugi Got to do With it?
I made the decision in January of 2018 to return to my childhood passion and life-long dream of being a writer when I was in the midst of reading Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma by Jen Cross and I knew exactly what to … Continue reading Quest for Genre