When friends become “connections”

A few weeks ago, I saw some old friends. I hadn’t seen them in a few years, and as we were catching up, I mentioned a recent change my son had gone through. “Oh yeah,” one of them said, “I saw that…” No congratulations were offered, no questions asked. My news was old news. For [...]

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Shiny Sparks: Adriana Morales

A few months back I posted a weekly article series about inspiration in which I explore what keeps us connected to our creative spark and how we maintain a lifestyle that is generative and fulfilling. This is one of my favorite topics of discussion. I love learning about how people I admire are inspired, and it is [...]

Random Acts of Kindness

I don't know about any of you, but I feel like the summer season is flying by. I was taken aback when I looked up from my life this week and realized that we're already halfway through the year. This year has had it's ups and downs for my family, but overall, 2019 has been [...]

No Takebacks

“I’ll trade you my Barbie for 2 of your My Little Ponies.” “Ok, but you can’t have Twilight Pegasus.” “Well you can’t have Barbie and The Rockers, just one of the regular ones.” “Ok.” “Ok.” “No takebacks!” My sister and I championed this phrase. It was our secret handshake. Then, when we were older: “I [...]

The trouble with Girl Scouts

Last week my daughter started a new camp with her Girl Scout troop. I usually share my daughter’s excitement about camp. She and I have fun getting everything ready for her to attend, and she’s perpetually exuberant about the new friends she makes and the fun she has. But this time, I felt challenged about [...]

Shiny Sparks: Dakotah Hale

This is the fourth installment of the new blog series, 'Shiny Sparks.' Today we hear from lifestyle blogger, Dakotah Hale. Here's her take on maintaining inspiration. _____________________ "What Keeps Me Inspired" I am surrounded by inspiration all around me. From the feather that I spot on the street to the birds flying in the sky. [...]

How I published a poetry book for $2.45

I've dreamed of writing a poetry book for a long time. When I was a kid, my favorite books were the rhyming ones. Authors like Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss were able to build bright and imaginative worlds in just a few stanzas. I remember giggling as I tried to read Dr. Seuss' tongue twisters out [...]