Category Archives: Life

Florida Fall

Lows are in the 60s, and windows are open! We made it to the pumpkin patch yesterday and brought home some lovely pumpkins and gourds. Ready for autumn (Florida’s version, anyway).

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Worth Reading #5: The Help Yourself Edition

After spending the summer watching World Cup and taking online education courses (I’ll review some of these MOOCs later), I returned to teaching in late-August. This year, I have a part-time schedule—and it works. I’m writing again, reading more, and … Continue reading

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On the Banks of (the muddy and rising) Plum Creek: A Weekend on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Trail

It began, as all good road trips do, with drinks and dinner. My friend Tina was in Florida on business, and our conversation veered from books we were currently reading to beloved childhood books. The Little House books came up, followed … Continue reading

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The (Obligatory) “On Rejection” Post

When I started submitting stories, I thought rejection was going to be much worse than it has been. I opened my first rejection email in the Costco parking lot. It was from a fairly prestigious print literary journal; I sat … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Favorites

A few nights ago, while sipping red wine, a friend and I discussed rereading books from our childhood and how our opinions and perceptions have changed since we first read them. She brought up reading The Good Earth with her … Continue reading

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Small indulgences and the like

Last week, it rained nearly non-stop, which is a fairly rare occurrence in this part of Florida (tropical storms excepted). Practices and other outdoor activities were cancelled, and it made for a lovely, lazy week. Parenting is a seldom lazy … Continue reading

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Trust Your Judgment (or, some final thoughts on the thesis, editing, and feedback)

My novel/thesis project is now at my university, on my advisor’s desk, and I am waiting on her final approval. What a journey! Two years ago, the thought of getting a master’s in writing was little more than a brief … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends, Again

I have officially not exercised for the past two weeks, unless my two walks count. I’ve been eating cleanly, with the exception of this past weekend, and I generally feel good. One of my kids has been ill this week, … Continue reading

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Spine

I didn’t know which verb to use – “grow” or “fuse” or “generate” or “re-generate” -when it came to this topic. So, I’ve simply titled this post “Spine” because I’m trying to grow, cultivate, reinforce – whatever – mine, in … Continue reading

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Resolved, 2013

I don’t believe in resolutions, but I believe in lists. So here, I offer my plans for 2013: Yoga –  really and truly try yoga this year. I bought a Groupon; now, I have to call the studio and get … Continue reading

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