2014

In looking back over the past year on my blog, I've noticed something that surprised me and made my writing heart happy. I posted The One and Only Ivan and a Measure of Peace after reading a kid lit book based on his life. The One and Only Ivan is a fictional story about a gorilla based on a… READ MORE >>

Writing a novel takes a ridiculously long time. So do many other things that are incredibly worthwhile like raising children, practicing for a concert, or knitting an afghan. (I hope to finish this for my son before he gets too cool for it!) To keep myself going, I create small rewards for myself as I… READ MORE >>

At the Liberty for Christmas

"It turns out you play clarinet with my mother!" said the woman I see every morning when I drop my son off at preschool. I thought the new lady who took my place as last chair looked familiar at the practices. Last Tuesday, I played a Christmas concert in the Puyallup Community Band at the Liberty… READ MORE >>

    (Special Note: I have made an audio of this post so that Carol and others like her can hear my voice rather than Siri's voice or some other digital voice. If you currently have your vision, I'd challenge you to listen through the words while you close your eyes to get a feel… READ MORE >>

One of my amazing cousins has been giving me jobs to do lately for his Happiness Project. I get points for completing his tasks and, if I win, he'll donate a hundred dollars to the charity of my choice. Because I've enjoyed his latest assignment so much, I thought I'd share it here. Here's the… READ MORE >>

(Photos by Alana T) "Listening is an act of love." Two weeks ago Morf Morford used those words as he told his story right before I had to get up under the lights. Although I can't find the person he was quoting, somehow the thought calmed me when I sat shivering in my chair in the middle of… READ MORE >>

Getting the Play Done

This week a writer friend named Molly Blaisdell wrote a blog post on the importance of play to her writing work. Before I read her words, I had been stuck on what to post and, honestly, stuck on whether to write all together. I was even having Negative Nellie give it up thoughts.  And those thoughts felt like an… READ MORE >>

Question of the week: How do you reclaim a place with memories of sorrow? I recently read a piece by Martha Beck on how to mentally rewrite your tragedies so that you can find meaning even in the random badness that sometimes happens to us. In the case Beck describes, a woman is able to… READ MORE >>