Month: November 2016

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” –Marcus Tullius Cicero A few days ago, I decided to organize my little boy’s books. They were so tightly crammed onto the shelves that grabbing even a few became a dangerous game of dominoes. After pulling out each one, I sat surrounded by several […]

There is only one day until Thanksgiving and, on this day, you will check and double-check your list. You will carefully cook and cover your green bean casserole and ingeniously disguise your store-bought pie as homemade. With your wrinkle-resistant outfit and positive attitude, you will be ready. Ready to butt heads in a heated post-election […]

“Don’t let today’s disappointment cast a shadow on tomorrow’s dreams” Almost every writer has received it; one page of six neatly typed lines formally rejecting years’ worth of work. Blood, sweat, and tears poured onto hundreds of pages reduced to a rejection letter. What follows is disappointment—an emotion that writers who have tried to publish […]

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Being a writer and a busy mother, my solitary drives are my sacred time to think about what I am going to write. […]

I remember the many moments that I sat, as a child, hunched over a coloring book, carefully keeping my colors from bleeding past the black inked line of pre-drawn cartoon characters. When the picture was completed, it was a source of pride to see that I’d expertly harnessed control of my Crayolas. Not one line […]