Motherhood & Words


Sorry I’ve been absent here lately. Over the 4th, I was up and down to my mom’s cabin on the days I had off. (The girls and D were up there the whole week.) Then I flew to the Adirondacks for my aunt’s memorial service. There is more I’d like to say about that, but it needs its own post (and I need a little quiet time to formulate my thoughts).

I arrived home Monday night and had to gear up for a busy week. On Monday I was interviewed on 247 Moms webcast. Tuesday, I was on Twin Cities Live, which was super fun. (You can watch it here.) Then I read at the fabulous Common Good Books on Thursday. (Thank you to everyone who came out!)

Here’s a photo from Common Good, which made me very happy:

How could I NOT smile in that company?

There is a lot of great stuff going on, but it’s so much that I don’t ever feel caught up.  I’m in a constant state of juggling and putting things off, which is exhausting.

But there is an end in sight: in less that two weeks, D, the girls and I are heading west for a book tour/vacation. It will be a busy trip, but I won’t also be working full-time, so hopefully there will be plenty of moments to blog and write and relax amidst the travel.

I’ll post more information about my upcoming travels and events very soon. Until then, stay cool!

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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.