Almost three years ago, shortly after I started writing again, I received my first rejection. It was also my first submission, so I was clearly starting out with a bang. I didn’t fret too much. I was submitting for a spot in a book, after all. And I hadn’t published anything other than a couple… Continue reading Launch Day!
Update: Joey McIntyre tweeted my HuffPost version of this post and he is now my favorite forever. Dear Danny, Donnie, Joey, Jonathan and Jordan (written in alphabetical order to emphasize I am a happily married woman past the age of having a “favorite”) (unless I HAD to choose in some inexplicable “your life depends on… Continue reading Dear NKOTB: Thanks for Last Night
In case you missed it, today is International Women’s Day and, timed accordingly by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, A Day Without A Woman. Women were encouraged to go on strike today from all paid and unpaid work if feasible. Many organizations recognize this isn’t possible for everyone and promoted their own… Continue reading Wearing Red
As I packed an overnight bag on Friday for my trip to Austin — a short trip both in the time it takes to get there from Dallas (three hours) and how long I was staying (24 hours) — I was trying to explain to my 2.5-year-old twin boys why I was going. “Mommy is… Continue reading I Came. I Marched. So Now What?
I’ll admit it, I’ve gone so far down the rabbit hole of post-election commentary that I think I have been reading the same Facebook post’s comment thread for six days. If I’m being honest, I’m still angry, worried, disappointed, fearful and sad. And I’m still trying to figure out what I can DO with all… Continue reading Remembering To Be Thankful
Not that I ever had any doubts, but for the record, you can never get too much of the California Wine Country. My husband (who is much more an oenophile than I am) and I recently returned from our third visit to Napa/Sonoma in the last four years. Once again we tasted amazing wine. Once… Continue reading Back to Napa + Guest Post
I’m not sure for how long you have to be a writer in order to sensibly take a break from writing. I’m pretty sure it’s longer than I’ve had this blog, but take a break I did for most of the summer. I was still writing in other places like Richardson Living Magazine and Grown… Continue reading Weekend Reads and Listens – Return Edition
There is no escaping the movie trailer for Bad Moms, which opens today, if you are a mother. While others will likely enjoy the movie, it’s us moms getting tagged in “OMG, we have to see this!” posts and fielding multiple invitations to MNOs (Moms Night Out for the uninitiated). From the previews, the movie… Continue reading When Did We Become the Moms in the Movie?
After 10 years of working in higher education, I am used to the series of questions I get every summer: “Do you have the summer off?” “No.” “Oh really? Because my cousin is a professor and he doesn’t work in the summer.” “Right, well, faculty members sometimes take it off, but staff members don’t have… Continue reading Surviving Freshman Orientation: Guest Post on Grown and Flown
A popular hashtag in the wake of tragedy is “#WeAre[insert name of person/location].” Maybe it’s slacktivism, but I’ve always appreciated them. They convey unity, solidarity, and the acknowledgement that while this particular event happened there, it can just as easily happen here. I think those are important messages to send to suffering families and communities.… Continue reading Dallas Strong