Motherhood & Words

You know when you meet someone and, even before you’ve even said ten words, you that you’ll be friends? That’s what happened with Galit Breen. We had been loosely connected in the cyberworld, but I hadn’t met her in person until the Listen To Your Mother auditions in March. (This is the second time in a week I’ve mentioned this audition, so clearly these peeps are amazing. Stay tuned for information on the 2014 auditions, because I’m going to insist that you submit something. If not for the Twin Cities show, then for your local show.) Anyway, Galit held out her hand, and introduced herself, and I said, “You!” and gave her a big hug. I just knew. And I was right. (Of course.)

A few weeks ago, Galit and I met at a diner in St. Paul, and we talked and talked. We talked blogging and writing, branding and books. We talked about kids and teaching and the power of women’s stories. I could have spent all day talking to her. And I was thrilled when she agreed to be part of the blog book tour. So please check out her amazing post about Ready for Air. You can also read her review on Everyday Family. Thank you, Galit!!

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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. Sue on October 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I am really enjoying “meeting” al these other great women writers who are blogging about Ready for Air. Thanks.

  2. Kate on October 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Isn’t that the nest part? Amazing writers and blog!

  3. Amanda Jaros on October 12, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love when that happens! Hope the blog tour is going well. 🙂

    • Kate on October 12, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      Me too, Amanda! And it IS going well. Thanks so much for spreading the word!