The Perfect Dog

Oh, friends, I am driving myself crazy. And everyone else around me too. All because of a dog. For Christmas, we told our kids we were getting a puppy. I have been…

The Week After

    Somehow, this week seems harder than last week. Last Wednesday, my bright blue friends in the bright blue town in our bright blue state felt unified. Everywhere I went,…

Kali 2016

My cheeks sag down Making me look even sadder than I feel There are new folds in my eyelids Pillows under my eyes Donald Trump wants to fix this. He…

Alfred Hitchcock Plays Our Nervous Systems Like a Piano

There are many kinds of fear. Last Friday, I went to my amazing dermatologist to see what was up with this new, ominous black mole on my lower left calf….

My Yes Vote For Hillsy

My friend Pam Houston asks the question: who will you dedicate your No Drumpf vote to. She dedicates hers to “my four year-old self, smiling bravely for the camera in her 3/4…

What’s The Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea? What happens when your family of origin is too happy? How does one leave one’s family if there is no good reason to? What if there…

I Have Cleaned My Attic and Solved My Book! There is Still a Squirrel.

I have twenty-two minutes to write this post before my babysitter leaves. Then I have to get my kids ready for soccer and eat my dinner and hustle up to…

How to Clear Your Clutter, De-Squirrel Your Attic and Find the Inner Architecture of Your Novel

We have squirrels in our house. I didn’t want to tell you this, as it creeps some people out and many of you reading this blog have actually come to my…

This Week’s Writing Prompts: March 3-March 10

Daily Prompt #8 “How you do anything is how you do everything.”-R. Rohr. This is a great insight into character development. Just saying…. Daily Prompt #9: “To be rooted is…