Ugly Babies

We’ve all heard the old saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Never is that statement more true than when speaking of a new mother’s affection for her infant. A mother is able to overlook even the most glaring imperfections while cherishing her offspring, even when others notice immediately. By the same token, many of us allow the mother’s enthusiasm to do the same for us, softening our objections and allowing us to say, “Oh, but look at those cute eyes/mouth/toes.” This week in my English classes, we’ll be doing a writing exercise that I call Ugly BabiesContinue reading “Ugly Babies”

The Power of Reading

We’re on Fall Break this week. After a morning outside at the park, I took my kids by GameStop and let them each pick out a “new” game for our Wii console. Carson chose Mario Super Sluggers. Cameron voted for Need for Speed Version 1,000,001, or whatever it is, and Colton selected an F1 racing game. I expected them to spend all day today in front of the television, and I’d resigned myself to it. After all, I told myself, they don’t get to do it that often. But then, I walked by my daughter’s door and got a little surprise. Continue reading “The Power of Reading”

The Stain

Last evening, I had one of those parenting moments that gives you pause. At school, I’d call it a “teachable moment”.

My living room was a jumble of noise. The oldest was practicing his guitar with the amp a little too loud. The middle child was playing a game on his Kindle, and my daughter was absorbed in a video on her Kindle. My husband was watching TV.

“I’m going back to the bedroom to work for awhile,” I announced. “It’s too distracting in here.”

And work I did, for nearly fifteen whole minutes. But my progress was halted when my son appeared next to my bed, a sorrowful expression on his face. “Mom, we spilled something on the carpet.”

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Happy Birthday, USA

We just finished one of the wettest Fourth of July holidays I can remember, with inches of rain and flooding forcing us to stay indoors. Since I spent the day working on revisions for Don’t Ask, I thought I’d share some Happy Birthday wishes to the USA and to the character of Olivia Miller, who happens to share a birthday with the greatest country on Earth. Continue reading “Happy Birthday, USA”

Exciting News!

I am thrilled to announce that Don’t Ask Me to Leave has been offered a contract by Mantle Rock Publishing! This is an incredible opportunity for me. Seeing something I wrote in print has always been on my bucket list, and while I have come close, with a poem published in the Herald-Leader and an article in Christian Woman magazine, this is truly the fulfillment of that childhood desire. Continue reading “Exciting News!”