Am I too old for this sh*t?

Lately, I’ve been feeling older than I should. I’m certain it’s due to the creaks and pops my joints make or the involuntary groans that escape my mouth upon any movement. No, seriously. We’ve been doing this “boot camp” at the local YMCA for the past couple of weeks. Tuesday …

“You are gifted … JUMP :)”

Yesterday, I was talking to a colleague about how she’s recently gone back to school; she’s working on her *second* master’s degree, this one in social work. So I admitted to her that I’m scheduled to take the GRE in a couple of weeks. With a look of what can only …

Imperfect Progress

I used to be tough. Or, at least, I thought I was tough. Not physically, of course (I mean, have you seen my bird arms?). But in a verbal argument, I could hold my own and then some. I was like a Kung Fu master where my words were like …

Superman versus Batman

Last week Warner Bros announced they’d be releasing the first teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,  the anticipated 2016 sequel to Man of Steel (2013), in select theaters. Sometime between 24 and 48 hours later, that teaser was leaked online. So far I’ve seen mixed reviews of …

Awe

Have you ever put your forehead on an airplane window and dropped your gaze straight to the ground? I’m not sure I had until the trip home yesterday. It was a beautiful sight. One that would, I believe,  make even the most cynical person in the world fill with awe. …

No Air

I don’t travel well. I like the idea of going places, but nothing ever goes exactly as planned and that sends my anxiety into overdrive. I used to say it was because traveling with small children was hard. Well,  the kids aren’t small anymore, and I stress even when they’re …

The Deep End

I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with someone for most of my adult life. I have loved this person all the while, perhaps either too much or simply not enough. It’s a secret that only my husband and maybe one or two others know. You see, this person exists only in …

The Muse-Driven Writer vs. The Practitioner

“Write something today even if it sucks.” I read these words at least 3 times a week. They’re printed on an 8×10 piece of paper that hangs on the door of the shared workspace for composition faculty (i.e., graduate assistants and lecturers like myself) at the local university where I …

A New Outlook on Blogging

As I am working through Jeff Goins‘ Intentional Blog course, I’m learning to focus my blog on the things I’m really passionate about. I intend to write more about the two topics that consume my mind both day and night: writing and motherhood/family. Learn more about me and my plan …

“Mom, can you come get me?”

Contrary to how it may seem, we really try hard not to “spoil” our children.  We don’t want them to grow up being disrespectful or feeling entitled to anything. Sure, they have TVs and X-boxes (Christmas gifts and/or purchased by someone else) and phones (our hand-me-downs), but they have chores …