Why I endured nine months of no coffee

  As I type this, my wrists are getting sweaty from my too-warm key pad and the glare from the sunshine outside is obscuring half my screen. Summer is barely here and already it’s annoying me. And to think I used to think this time of year was for swimming in lakes, drinking root beer […]

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Grandmas, Netflix and other sanity savers for the obsessive writer

  My mom is away this week, visiting my sister in Montreal. And though it’s only been four days so far, already I am going a little crazy without someone to sub me off of Toddler-dom and set my fingers free. Yes, I love spending time with my son, but creativity, when not regularly unleashed […]

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Things that inspire me to write #15: Being a mom

This little baby turned three this week. And sure, I was happy for him and all that, but having been so preoccupied wondering what I could possibly purchase for someone who has just barely cracked into their Christmas windfall, I hadn’t really thought about the significance of my son’s milestone until this morning when I […]

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Things that inspire me to write #21: The Giving Tree

It’s sweet, simple, a pretty accurate portrayal of what it means to be a parent and according to the inscription scrawled across my mom’s copy, The Giving Tree is the first book I ever read. Evidently Shel Silverstein‘s most well known publication set me off in the right direction, because not only do I still love to consume […]

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Things that inspire me to write #22: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull My bed creaks like an elderly cat. Constantly. It is very annoying–especially whenever I think about replacing it with one […]

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Things that inspire me to write #26: Pinky Dinky Doo

You know have a toddler in your life when all the shows you are up to date on include at least one talking animal. Still, as the bronies phenomenon can attest to, there are some pretty quality children’s shows out there these days, providing not only reasonable entertainment but also promoting animal conservation, problem solving, […]

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Things that inspire me to write #39: My iPad

Sometimes two minutes means everything. As much as I love playing dinosaur and train and zoo animals with my son for only the millionth time today, sometimes I just need a bit more mommy time to get that last paragraph finished. And while Dora and Diego’s animal saving ways have apparently lost their charm, our  iPad has […]

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Things that inspire me to write #68: My son

  A trip to the recycling bin is no longer a trip to the recycling bin, but an epic quest with Spiderman and Iceman to locate Dora’s lost macaroni. An orange is not an orange, but a dinosaur egg / woodpecker egg. And of course, bed time stories are always up for revision–why shouldn’t the three […]

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