Motherhood & Words

It’s true—I’ve been a blogger now for one whole year!

In a recent post I mentioned that I never really planned on being a blogger—blogging seemed like one more thing I’d have to add to my forever-expanding to-do list. But then I got lonely—writing can be so lonely and isolating—and I yearned for a sense of community, a group of other people concerned with reading, writing, and parenthood, so I started this blog.

I never dreamed how huge my community would become or the ways in which I would be nurtured by it—by all of you. So I just want to take a moment to thank you for reading and commenting and entering into a dialogue with me about writing and teaching and motherhood. Sitting down to write no longer feels like such a solitary endeavor. Thank you!!

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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. *camerashymomma* on January 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    happy anniversary! i’m so glad to have found you and your words!

  2. Ines on January 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Hhmmm! one year…congratulations! happy anniversary…:)

  3. Melissa on January 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Blog birthday? Whatever. Happy day! I’m glad you’re here.

  4. kristen on January 29, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Happy anniversary! I’m also glad to have found you and your words.

  5. Sara on January 29, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Yay Kate! Happy anniversary and thank YOU for your wonderful blog.

  6. kyra on January 29, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    happy blogaversay! it’s been a pleasure reading you.

  7. Bernadette on January 29, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    It does make a writer’s time less separate and that is what I too love about blogging. Glad to have found your blog – through another blog.

    And yes, the moving never gets old. Even the fourth time around. Even now I get what I call “phantom” movement – though the last babe is over a year out.

  8. Mardougrrl on January 30, 2008 at 1:20 am

    happy anniversary…and I am so glad I found you. Your blog is fabulous, and so is your writing.

  9. Lisa on January 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I am very glad that I found you and your wonderful blog. A very happy one year anniversary!

  10. K on February 1, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Happy anniversary, Kate, and so glad the pregnancy appears to be going wel.

  11. kate on February 4, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you, all!! I’m so thankful for you and your words!