Shiny Sparks: W.E. DeVore

I'm so excited to have the Shiny Sparks article series back in the blog rotation. I love learning about and discussing the different ways creative people stay connected to that inner spark. This week's installment is a treat. Her Instagram feed inspires me, so I reached out and asked her to be a part of [...]

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Get your kids reading this summer

Summer reading programs are a great way to keep your kids reading this Summer. When you sign up for a reading program, you offer them an incentive to read during months when they're not thinking about school. One of my children happens to be an avid reader, but not all kids are. These summer reading [...]

Our favorite books of poetry for kids

I’ve been working on a big poetry based project, and so I was inspired to pick up some poetry books for my kids at the library last week. We have enjoyed reading them. We giggle a lot, the poems often prompt questions from my children, and they want to repeat and recite their favorite parts. [...]

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 [...]

Monkey Business: My experience being part of a live storytelling show

In February of this year I had a new opportunity as a writer that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Oral Fixations: An Obsession with True Life Tales is a live storytelling show. Each version of the show has a theme, and the producer carefully curates stories from 8 people who have a [...]

The blessing in losing my job 3 days before Christmas

On December 22, 2018 I woke up later than normal. I looked at my phone to see it was already 9:45 am. I could hear my family in the other room, laughing and playing a game. My husband had let me sleep in. The second thing I noticed, however, was a text message from my [...]

How to use a marriage journal

As a writer I've always utilized journal writing as a tool. I've tried a lot of different tools and methods of journaling, and each provides their own benefit. That's why I wanted to share about a tool I use in my marriage. My husband and I have been a couple since 1997. It's amazing to [...]