Motherhood & Words

a blog tour clog, BART & gratitude

I apologize that I didn’t get my regularly scheduled cross posts up for my blog tour yesterday. I have been out in California since Wednesday, and this has been fabulous, of course, but it’s cut into my computer time. Add then BART went on strike and, well, there you have it.

Luckily BART wasn’t on strike on Wednesday, when I landed, feeling weary after the 4-hour flight. I had hoped to sleep on the plane, but there was a women and an infant sitting next to me. They were fabulous–no unconsoled wailing or anything like that. But nearly every woman who walked by on her way to the restroom stopped to comment and coo at the baby over my head, which made sleeping impossible.

But I was more excited than tired anyway. When I landed, I hopped on the BART and then my friend Mary, whom I met years ago when she took my online Motherhood & Words class, picked me up at the North Berkeley station. I know I’ve written a lot about how wonderful it is when virtual friendships become in-person friendships. But it still astounds me and makes me so grateful for this cyberworld.

Mary and I caught up and had lunch, and then I prepared for my reading, which was at Books Inc. in Berkeley. It was a ton of fun, and there I met two other writer friends whom I’d never before met in person. Thank you, Kathy and Patricia, for coming out Wednesday!

Thursday, Donny flew in and took the same BART, and I picked him up at the station. We’ve never had a non-kid vacation together, but the timing was perfect–he had a couple of days off school, and, well, it was the Bay Area. How could we NOT do it?

Thursday, Mary and I visited our friend Susan, who has been laid up with a shattered disc, and then we got ready to head to the city for a Litquake reading in which two other former students were reading. It was fabulous. Then dinner, then sleep. Then because of the BART strike, Friday was consumed with getting to the city in time to check into our B&B and get ready for my Litquake event–Women’s Night at the Rex Hotel, which was filled with writing both hilarious and poignant.

That is all to say that I’ve been a blog slacker. I read the lovely post that Rachel Turiel wrote on Friday morning, but I just didn’t have the time to sit down and write my response. And then Katrina Kenison posted later in the day, and out was out the door before I could even read it. But I’ve been floating on their words all morning.

I first met Rachel of 6512 and Growing a few years ago through the March of Dimes’ World Prematurity Day (November 17th). We had both written posts and linked up in support of prematurity awareness, and I’ve been hooked on her blog ever since. Rachel writes about family and food, homeschooling and writing. Her writing is lyrical and thoughtful, and it never fails to make me think, oh, that beautiful. I’m honored to have Rachel be part of the blog book tour and I’m honored that she’s included Ready for Air alongside the work of memoirists Kristen Kimball and Mary Karr! Thank you, Rachel, for your words and for making space for Ready for Air on your wonderful blog. And of course Rachel is also working on a memoir, which I hope I will be lucky enough to feature here at Motherhood & Words in the not-so-distant future. Please check out Rachel’s blog.

I am also so grateful to Katrina Kenison for being a part of the tour. I love the way Katrina weaves together the threads of her life in each of her blog posts. If you read my blog regularly you already know that I love Katrina and her work. I interviewed her here about Magical Journey, and then she flew to Minneapolis last May to be part of my annual Motherhood & Words reading at the Loft Literary Center. (You can listen to that podcast here.) I wish I could sit down with Katrina on a regular basis and just chat. She’s a talented writer, of course, but she’s also full of grace and warmth, and she is careful to appreciate and cherish the now. Her writing always makes me stop and think. Please check out her post about Ready for Air.

Thank you to both Rachel and Katrina for being a part of the Ready for Air tour. And I apologize for the blog clog.

After I catch up on a little work this morning, Donny and I are going to rent some bikes and head out together to explore the city. I’ve got it in my head that we’re going to bike over the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito, then ferry back in time for a sandwich before we get ready for Litcrawl, where I will cheer on Mary and the Write On, Mamas and feel grateful for words and travel and the ways writers support each other.

Thanks, as always, for reading!



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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Sue on October 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Loved Katrina’s comments about accepting what is. That is an ongoing challenge for me. Her quote below made me laugh aloud at its veracity.

    We arrive on the shores of adulthood with a white-knuckle grip on our own carefully honed vision of the way we think things ought to be. And then life has its way with us.

    • Kate on October 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Exactly, Sue! I love that line, as well!