Life

What to do when you hear yourself say, “The holidays can suck it!”

An excerpt from a lengthy out-of-the-blue rant given in the direction of my poor spouse, by me: "THE HOLIDAYS CAN SUCK IT! I have done ZERO shopping. No one is getting ANY presents. I don't care WHAT we eat. We can have peanut butter and jelly FOR ALL I CARE!" To his credit, my spouse… Continue reading What to do when you hear yourself say, “The holidays can suck it!”

Life, Parenting

Who understands this kid

My toddler has a motor speech delay. He's been working with an amazing speech therapist for about four months now. My guess is that we'll continue to make that weekly appointment for at least another year. Unless we need to step it up to twice a week which we might need to do. We don't… Continue reading Who understands this kid

Life, podcast

Teeth extraction, boot-strapping, social media-mania and other announcements

Announcements like bursts of confetti for you. #1: [Not exactly an announcement -- I just need tooth-courage STAT.] I gotta get my wisdom teeth removed in October, and I'm scared of the sedation. Cuz I like to control when I go unconscious, and I don't like to wake up bloody. I'm not alone in that, right? #2:… Continue reading Teeth extraction, boot-strapping, social media-mania and other announcements

Life, podcast

Going solo: a bumpy ride

Welcome to my learning curve! Ten days ago, I launched my first ever interview podcast via the Artist Soapbox. Today, I published my first solo podcast! WOOT. In the solo episode, I discuss three ways to support a creative process (based on my conversation with Mara Thomas in Episode 001) and I answer FAQs about Artist… Continue reading Going solo: a bumpy ride

Journaling, Life

Gratitude, journaling, and new horizons

For the last 15 months, I worked in the Duke University Hospital as the Literary Arts Coordinator for Arts & Health at Duke. During that time, I spoke with hundreds of people about journaling as a tool for self-care, creative expression, and legacy-building. I worked with staff, patients, and caregivers, in large groups, small groups… Continue reading Gratitude, journaling, and new horizons

Life

Conversations like coffee

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea My brain got stretched this week, and it was uncomfortable. My head ached. I felt exhausted every night from the extra hard thinking I was doing — from trying to keep up with… Continue reading Conversations like coffee

Life

The Year of Clarity

It's been over a year since my last blog post.* Much has happened since then including two birthdays for me, a new job, four shows, a trip to Disney World, a kiddo in kindergarten and other stuff that's too boring or too juicy to mention here. 2013 was checkered with life's crazy cocktail of events… Continue reading The Year of Clarity

Life

To be continued as needed

This is it. Post #30. Hard to believe that I’ve been writing weekly posts for seven months now. Blogging has been way more fun than I anticipated and way more challenging too. That seems appropriate since I generally find life to be way more fun and way more challenging than I anticipate. These are the… Continue reading To be continued as needed

Life

Praise for libraries, clogs…the list goes on

It’s that blessing-counting time of year again. It’s good, right? To be reminded once a year (cuz we need reminding!) to count our blessings and to explain to our kid what thanksgiving means. After this year’s explanation of thanksgiving/Thanksgiving/gratitude, my daughter told me she was thankful for lollipops. I told her I was thankful for… Continue reading Praise for libraries, clogs…the list goes on