I was honored to be included in the 6th Annual Ballard Writers Collective celebration where I read The Truth About Writing.
It was a lie of omission, but still a lie. I told her class the truth about having written, but I didn’t really tell them the truth about writing.
You can read my story about a backyard goat invasion in the early days of having a second child as well as humorous and heartfelt reflections on motherhood and (lack of) sleep from dozens of other writers in Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness (second edition).
I stumbled to the door, bleary eyed, only to be greeted by our backyard neighbor saying something about goats in my yard. “I’m sorry, but now is not a good time for me,” I responded politely.
My personal narrative about divorce dynamics is included in the latest edition of Stratus: Journal of Arts and Writing, published by the University of Washington.
The Cowboy was the conductor of our dysfunctional symphony. His boots were his baton and we followed their rhythm. Largo: slow and dignified. Vivace: fast and lively. Our roles and responsibilities adapted to match his whims. Come. Go. Stomp. Stay.
If you haven’t already discovered Brain, Child Magazine, you are missing out. Some of the essays I wrote for Brain, Child are linked below.
Cracks in the Sidewalk: Urban Children and Nature – Lessons learned on bumpy sidewalks.
The Whole Truth – The long shadows of a father’s absence.
The Backpack Hall of Fame – The transforming power of backpacks.
The Mom I Used to Be – Sometimes the mom I used to be shakes her head at the mom I have become.
What I Want to Teach My Daughter About Kissing Frogs – The importance of getting in (and out) of relationships.
My essay “The ‘S’ Word” received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition (Global Humor category).