Today I was referred to as an "adopter" and not as the "mother" to my adopted children simply because I am not blood related to them. Let me explain something... Family is a social construct. It is not determined by DNA or genetic similarities in definition or in action. It is simply defined… Continue reading Mothering is a Verb
What a way to start a year! My first and, up to this point, only January post has reached: 1,900+ views, 1,620 visitors, 500+ shares, and has received an offer to be reprinted in a magazine. There is also one more offer withstanding to reprint the same article. Wow. I have to admit that I… Continue reading Thank you & January update
Posts like this are generally written on and around Thanksgiving and to be honest, that is when this post was started, but what better way to end the year than by reminding myself of all the good in my life. This year was difficult. Trying. Lesson providing. Most of all it still contain so much… Continue reading One thousand times thankful. Or maybe just a few hundred
Tonight, as I kissed the forehead of my sleeping five-year-old daughter, I sat beside her bed in the half-lit room and looked down at this beautiful person who traveled halfway around the world and gave me, ME, the gift of parenting her. Suddenly it struck me how fragile it all is. How we can bring… Continue reading How We Define Ourselves
In attempt to become more intentional about finishing my books and promoting my writing I have outlined schedules and milestones that I consistently fail to meet. I find my days are packed with staff meetings, conferences, five hour round-trip drives to attend a single on-site class in Greeley Colorado, school assignments, family obligations and… Continue reading The mornings are for writing.
It's National Novel Writing Month! The aim is to write an entire novel in the month of November and, although I know that this particular goal is out of my reach, I do aim to finish one short story every week of this month. That means I will be four stories closer to book… Continue reading NaNoWriMo!
Welcome! Take a look around. Read excerpts of upcoming novels, my short story memoir collection, and whatever else happens to catch my attention. Want to send an idea for a short? Contact me through the above form. "The love that I have experienced is anything but pure. It is deep and crushing. It is consuming,… Continue reading And So, The Journey Begins