Motherhood & Words

Please stop by Elizabeth Aquino’s wonderful blog A moon, worn as if it had been a shell today for day 8 of the Use Your Words virtual book tour.

I have been reading Elizabeth’s blog for several years now, and whenever I stop by I’m nourished by her words, her courage, her spunk, and her lovely writing.

Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies, magazines and newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and Spirituality and Health. Elizabeth’s oldest child has a severe seizure disorder and developmental disabilities, and her life has been the inspiration for much of Elizabeth’s work, both in advocacy and the healthcare world. In addition, Elizabeth’s two sons provide more than enough fodder for story-telling. Her worlds of parenting, politics, disability and poetry intersect on her wonderful blog. The community of writers, artists and parents that she’s nurtured through blogging have provided immeasurable sustenance over the years, and many of her blogging friends have become friends in “real life,” too. 

I hope I have the chance to meet Elizabeth in person some day soon! Please check out her wonderful blog. Thank you for your words and inspiration, Elizabeth!

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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. 6512 and growing on May 15, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I just listened to your interview on The Morning Blend. So great; well done. I’m so excited about this book.

    • Kate on May 16, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Thank you so much, Rachel!! And thank you for being part of the virtual book tour!