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  • “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head.” ― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird “Sometimes in a nervous frenzy […]

  • He calls me out to the front of the house to verify. He looks at me slightly confused, “Round? Like a circle.” “Yes, a circle.” *** Circles have always been a big part of our family structure. After breakfast, when the kids were little, I would sing to them to gather for the morning circle […]

  • The kids are now the following ages: 24, 19, 17, 15, 13. Yes, four teenagers and an adult. For the longest time, Chris and I talked about the day that this would happen. The day we would have to navigate life with teens. All the literature had told me how this was a time when […]

  • For those of you living in places where you see your breath when you exhale, and you don’t exalt in the joys of sub-zero weather by strapping on three layers of woolies to frolic in the snow-covered woodlands, then I apologize in advance for sounding obnoxious. I am freezing this morning. It is 20 degrees […]

  • Me: “Our organic tea tree essential oil has a strong refreshing scent, obtained by steam distillation of the leafs of organic Melaleuca Alternifolia trees, also known as ‘Tea Trees’.” Daughter: “Mom, what are you doing?” Me: “Avoid direct contact with eyes, If contact occurs, rinse well with water. Discontinue use if irritation or redness occurs. […]

  • Q: “Mom, how many fingers am I holding up?” Me: (Cue deep sigh of annoyance) “I am not playing this game.” Q: “Come on Mom, how many?” Me: “You know I can’t see anything.” Q: “Ok, but like, what do you think you see?” – Little did my son know the weight of that question […]

  • In early November, I participated in a panel at the American Educational Studies Association’s Annual Conference in Pittsburgh with my co-researcher, Minkie English. As we prepped for the conference over text weeks before, her in United States and me in Costa Rica, it dawned on me that I needed to look “presentable.” I also realized […]

  • My husband and I went on a road trip a few weekends ago. We had to take the long way to the city which entails a series of long, winding roads and jack-knife turns up and down mountains. I have a healthy fear of heights and car accidents. Every time we leave in the car […]

  • I miss writing. Scratch that. I continue to write daily in my journal, my morning pages. This is my forever writing practice that keeps me sane by giving some space to experience. The writing I miss is writing here on this very old and antiquated blog. I was pulled back here after a meditation. In […]

  • I started these vignettes on November 10, 2020. I wrote them daily up until December 31, 2020. (I wrote the 49th one on that day.) Vignette 50 and 51 were posted on July 2 and July 3, 2021 as I began another creative journey (100 Day Project – 100 Days of writing and drawing called […]