Motherhood & Words

I stumbled upon Lindsey Mead’s blog, A Design So Vast, a couple of years ago. I don’t remember how I ended up there, and I guess it doesn’t matter. (I love that about blogs–the way one fabulous blog leads to another and another.) I immediately found myself nodding my head at what I read on Lindsey’s blog. But that was during my year of full-time work on top of everything else, a year that my blogging and blog reading took a serious hit. So I didn’t get back to Lindsey’s blog for some time.

One of the things I love about working from home is that now I have more time to read other people’s blogs. I can troll around, reading and picking up wisdom. They get me thinking. Their words stay with me, influence my own words. And that’s certainly the case when I read Lindsey’s writing, which is always thoughtful, lovely, full of honest emotion. She writes about love and cherishing the mundane. She writes about melancholy, about the current of sadness that’s there, under the surface. Her posts make me a better mother. She reminds me not to take any of it for granted. This is one of her posts that I have read again and again. LOVE!

So I’m honored and humbled by Lindsey’s words about Ready for Air today. I’m sitting in my friend Mary’s house, just arrived in Berkeley, and I’ve holed up in her daughter’s room. (Which I’m glad I did so Mary’s writing group, gathered in the living room, didn’t witness my tears.)

Lindsey writes: “So much of Ready for Air is universal.  Though Kate speaks of an experience I cannot image, she plays chords I know by heart.  Motherhood is profoundly individual, and we need to honor the myriad colors in which it comes, but it is also shot through with emotions as essential as the air of the title.  Ready for Air powerfully evokes the fear and ambiguity of one woman’s difficult season, but it is also full of a parent’s abiding love, and the deep, bewildering wonder that is at the heart of motherhood.”

Thank you, Lindsey, for reading and for being part of this book tour. I’m so grateful for your words!

Please check out Lindsey’s blog!

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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. Lindsey on October 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Thank YOU, Kate, for these marvelously generous and kind words. I’m so honored to read what you have to say about my little blog. I loved your book and it was an absolute pleasure to read it and to write about it. Thank you, thank you!

    • Kate on October 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Love, love, love, Lindsey!

  2. Jen Stephens on October 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I feel like I already know you from Bloggy Boot Camp last weekend. You and your lovely book were all the buzz. I’m a writer from Arden Hills and am hoping we some day cross paths. Love and light.

    Jen Stephens

    • Kate on October 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Oh Jen, thank you so much! I look forward to meeting you in person soon!