Mountain Hike

My husband and I have a greyhound. I’ve mentioned that before, haven’t I? She’s crazy and energetic and HUGE and loving and not-the-brightest, which I blame more on being a puppy and having a puppy brain than an actual lack of intelligence. She’s the kind of dog who learned immediately to sit and go to … Continue reading Mountain Hike

To Fool A Witch

Witches, I’ve been told, are very difficult to fool. I’ve got a witch on my block. She lives three houses down from mine, behind the gate that’s climbing with ivy and blue morning glories. I’ve seen her a few times, working in her garden, or sweeping off her steps with a twiggy broom that I’m … Continue reading To Fool A Witch

A Thousand Things

I want to be a thousand things,With a hundred thousand skills.I want to paint and write and draw,And do the things that give me chills. I want to be an artist,Better than the best.I want to sketch and speak and write,And never, ever rest. I want to be a teacher,And pass on what I’ve learned.I … Continue reading A Thousand Things

3 Tips for Taking Action

Have you ever had a stunningly brilliant, once-in-a-lifetime, on-fire idea that you were pretty sure was going to win you the Nobel prize or an Academy Award or something else of equal significance. And then you just . . . never acted on it. Ever? You meant to. You had it all planned out in … Continue reading 3 Tips for Taking Action

Out to the Movies

My husband and I went out to a movie for Valentines Day this year. Now, before you tell me that sounds like a completely ordinary date, let me just explain. My husband and I have never been on a date to a movie before. Weird, right? We’ve been to one movie theater since we started … Continue reading Out to the Movies

Cluttered Life

Welcome to my cluttered life,Won’t you stay a while.There’s space between my endless tasks,My planner and my file.Welcome to my cluttered life,Ignore that pile of dreams.I’ll move aside the heap of goals,That’s tearing at my seams.Welcome to my cluttered life,I wish that you could stay.We’d have some tea and cakes and laughs,And in the sunshine … Continue reading Cluttered Life

Knives Out

I love murder mysteries. They’re one of my secret—or not so secret—passions. Agatha Christie books, Monk, Father Gilbert, Sherlock Holmes . . . I’ve enjoyed them all, and I’m generally not too picky. As long as there’s a mystery to solve and a plot that keeps me guessing, I’m in. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone … Continue reading Knives Out

Job VS Career

As many of you know, I left my full-time job in March of last year to start my own business.It was something of a daunting transition. Lots of panicky moments. I came up with a business name, we bought an airplane hanger, I packed up my desk. It was a whole thing. But since then, … Continue reading Job VS Career

A Dozen Little Failures

I have a dozen failures,Every one of them is mine.Like a dozen little ducklings,Spread out in a line.They follow me throughout my life,They never miss a beat.A dozen little failures,Gathered all around my feet.Didn’t wash the dog today,Forgot to feed the fish,Called my mom an hour late,And broke another dish.I have a dozen failures,They always … Continue reading A Dozen Little Failures

Here’s To Embarrassment

Writing professionally is not for the faint of heart. It’s true. Unfortunately, by its very nature, writing is a vulnerable business. Your stories are pieces of yourself, and putting them out to potential ridicule or even well-meaning critique is a difficult thing to do. But there’s more to it than that, and I’ve spent a … Continue reading Here’s To Embarrassment