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Day 3: sketching

I haven’t been overwhelmed with a desire to write, and this NanoBlowMe challenge hasn’t changed that yet. Instead I have for a long while now been drawn to making pictures. Paints, pastels, pencils, watercolors. I am constantly taking mental pictures (and sometimes phone ones, too) of the world through the filter of some new medium.  […]


Day 2: Brief Reflections on Parenting

I remember when my kids were born and I thought they were lumps of clay for me to mold. Now I realize that they are and always have been whole people and that in exchange for serving as their transport into this world I get a backstage pass for their growth and development. I’m witnessing […]



Rhymo.  Or rather NaNoWriMo – or was it NoBloPoMo? I don’t know. It’s write everyday in November. It’s an excuse to try again.  And I need it.  I’m on my way home from Fairfax, Virginia where I’ve spent the weekend chaperoning my teenager and fifty more at a crew regatta. And I’m reminded at how […]


What the Planned Parenthood Vote Says to Women


It’s important to me to temper emotional responses with critical thinking, and I make an effort not to make other people’s news all about me. And yet, when I read the news about the U.S. House of Representatives voting to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood I had a visceral, personal, physical response. I felt like […]


431 Words on Procrastination & Writer’s Block

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This was a writing prompt given to me at a community writer’s workshop I attended this weekend. We were given 25 minutes to write. This is what I came up with: Strategy scares the hell out of me. Mostly because I’m not good at it. Myers-Briggs says I’m a feeler, not a thinker. I do […]