Motherhood & Words

Okay, I have been meaning to do this for weeks and weeks and weeks. The lovely Shannon at It’s Never Too Late…To Be What You Might Have Been passed the Honest Scrap Award on to me months ago, and I’m finally passing it on, as well.

The Honest Scrap Award is given to blogs that are found brilliant in content or design. (Thank you, Shannon!) I’ve given awards to a number of my favorite bloggers over the last two years, but I am consciously passing this award on to blogs that are new (or old, but new to me.) I am passing the award on to 4 bloggers I admire. Then I am supposed to list 10 honest things about myself, but I’m going to skip that part because if you read this blog, you probably know more than you ever wanted to know about me. (See my previous post about what happens when I begin to cough uncontrollably.)

Play School: Adventures in Family Learning — This is Carrie Pomeroy’s new blog, and it’s really wonderful. Her writing is lovely, and I always find myself nodding my head when I read her words. (She also has a wonderful essay in the anthology Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers.)

Mind Body Mama — Well, Lynne Marie is really amazing. She articulates so many of the worries I have about raising daughters. What a pleasure to know her.

The Blue Suitcase — My dear friend and extremely talented writer, Bonnie J. Rough, has just started a blog about her family’s travels. Bonnie is an essayist at heart, so if you love the essay form, you must read her blog. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.

Maggie World — I’ve only been reading Sally’s blog for about a month, but I’m loving it. There is so much tenderness in her writing about her children, but underlying her tenderness is a steely determination that I admire very much.

Check out these wonderful blogs! And thanks again, Shannon. I’m sorry it took me so long to post this!
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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. Lynne Marie Wanamaker on May 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Oh Kate,

    What a wonderful honor to be in such esteemed company! Thank you!

    I look forward to exploring all the other blogs you mention here. And finding some to nominate myself. I would have passed it along to Carrie myself, but you beat me to it.

    Lynne Marie

  2. Carrie Pomeroy on May 26, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I want to thank you, too! I agree with Lynne Marie–it’s an honor to be mentioned with such wonderful writers! I’m also looking forward to checking out the others, since you obviously have great taste in blogs. . . Ha.

    This made my heart very happy.

    So now we get to pass this on, too? Is it like a chain letter?


  3. Bonnie on May 27, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Kate, thank you! This honor means so much coming from you! Let it be known that I would not have a blog (or heck, even be on Facebook) if it weren’t for your patient coaching. And now you’re giving The Blue Suitcase a sporting chance in the blogosphere. Thank you! I’m already reading away on the other blogs you awarded. Fantastic!

  4. kate hopper on May 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

    My pleasure!

    Carrie, it IS like a chain letter, but hopefully not as annoying!

    Have fun!