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. … Continue reading Our favorite books of poetry for kids

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 … Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness

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

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 … Continue reading How to use a marriage journal

Going the extra mile with David Sedaris

My husband surprised me last week with a ticket to see one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris. He was coming to our city as part of the DMA Arts & Letters live series, and he was also doing a book signing. I’ve been a big fan of David Sedaris’ work since around 2004, when … Continue reading Going the extra mile with David Sedaris

Shiny Sparks: Miranda Chop

This week's inspiration highlight is provided with awe and acceptance by Miranda Chop. She takes us on a short but no less profound journey into her creative process as she answers the question, What Inspires You? _____________________________________ I’m never short on inspiration. It is everywhere, all the time, if you know where to look, but more … Continue reading Shiny Sparks: Miranda Chop

Shiny Sparks – April 12, 2018

I launched the Shiny Sparks article series on January 29th, but I haven't been as consistent as I expected. I've had a few life delays, extra meetings, lots of book events (hooray!) and I lost my momentum a bit. Instead of making myself wrong for it, I'm examining the creative process as I experience it. … Continue reading Shiny Sparks – April 12, 2018

Shiny Sparks: February 26

I had just finished setting up my table for a book event yesterday, when a women walked up and asked me what my book is about. She looked really tired and I could see she had been crying. I answered her question and we got to talking, and she's going through some serious life challenges. … Continue reading Shiny Sparks: February 26

Diamond in the Rough

My father came to visit one afternoon he triumphantly presented a small blue box with an appraisal my grandmothers wedding ring he said this is yours now   I don’t have a lot of experience with diamonds I don’t wear bling my wedding ring is a modest silver band with a little message on the inside … Continue reading Diamond in the Rough

Use Your Words

I’m working on the second book in my children’s book series. It’s about our mouth: our sense of taste and our teeth – the material world aspect of our mouths. It’s also about the power of words – the spiritual world aspect of our mouths. I write about how to use our 5 senses in … Continue reading Use Your Words