Motherhood & Words

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! D and I don’t do much to celebrate–this year we decided to splurge and exchange cards–but the girls are beside themselves with excitement. We got them Valentine’s pencils and chocolates and those musical cards (which they adore). This afternoon I’ll brainstorm a festive chicken recipe (any ideas?) and maybe my dad will join us for dinner. Romantic, huh?

My Valentine’s gift was the Star Tribune article in yesterday’s paper and being asked to guest blog at The Red Dress Club. That’s where I am today, discussing blogging and creative nonfiction. Check back on Friday–I’m also doing the weekly Red Dress Club memoir prompt this week.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

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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. Ines on February 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I hope your day is happy. Thank you, Kate.

  2. Sara on February 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I know what you mean about the musical cards—we're still getting mileage out of one Kathleen got for her first birthday.

    How about raspberry chicken (a little different and has red for holiday)?

  3. Andria on February 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I was so happy to see that Star-Trib article. You are so well-spoken, Kate. It's even more noticeable in print. (It doesn't hurt that you look gorgeous and your girls look stinkin' adorable!!!)